FAQs

What are Interagency Fees in Scotland?

A standard interagency fee charged when adopters approved by one Adoption Agency are matched with a child in the care of another in Scotland was established in 2016. The interagency fee covers the costs of recruiting and assessing prospective adopters, matching, placement and supervision and support up to the point of the adoption order. Interagency …

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Consortia Membership

AFKA Scotland hosts two Consortia (West & North East) funded by a separate membership fee, providing a local forum for members to hear about and share latest developments in policy, legislation, practice and research. The purpose of the Consortia is to help agencies to support staff who are directly involved in adoption and fostering work. …

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Individual Membership

Individual membership is designed for people working independently or employed by an agency that is not signed up as a Corporate Member.  Please note, invoices for individual membership are not payable directly by agencies. Our aim is that individual membership will keep you abreast of key developments in policy, practice and research and provide the …

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Associate Membership

Associate Membership is for organisations such as law firms, NHS Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups, adoption, fostering or family support agencies, training or service support providers, childcare charities, foster carers’ or adopters’ associations, Government departments or statutory agencies, voluntary agencies, university departments or research projects. Learn more in our Associate Membership Benefits Sheet 2022-2023.

Corporate Membership

Corporate Membership is for local authorities, voluntary adoption agencies and independent fostering providers. Currently, all 32 Local Authorities in Scotland are members, as well as many other adoption and fostering agencies. AFKA Scotland also works in collaboration with CoramBAAF. All Corporate Member agencies and their staff are entitled to benefits from both AFKA Scotland and …

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Legal Adoption & Fostering

The Legal Adoption & Fostering Forum (LAFF) brings solicitors and advocates together to discuss legal developments in adoption and fostering. They and others involved in decision making bring to the table their own experiences, insight and questions with a view to achieving informed and consistent best practice. An annual legal conference is arranged through this …

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Research

The Research Forum brings together researchers working on studies related to family placement, social work practices and improving the lives of children, young people and families throughout Scotland. The forum enables researchers to share information about their work and broader research developments, with the aim of promoting links between research teams and enhancing our collective knowledge …

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Medical Advisers

The Medical Advisers’ Forum offers support and advice to medical advisers in respect of the complex medical, legal and social work practice issues involved in their work and provides access to information on current research and practice developments. It also offers the invaluable opportunity to share practice wisdom with colleagues from across the country in …

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Chairs’ Development

The Chairs’ Development Forum is co-ordinated by AFKA Scotland on behalf of members who chair adoption and fostering panels. Panel advisers are also invited to join once or twice a year. Members have the opportunity to hear about new developments which directly and indirectly affect and influence their work on panels. The forum has independent …

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