Current Research

Children Moving Between UK Nations;

Children Moving Between UK nations reports on a research study undertaken by AFKA Scotland in 2021-22, funded by Scotland’s Adoption Register. It is the first national study, to our knowledge, which explores the frequency and context of children from elsewhere in the UK placed for adoption with families across Scotland. The study gathered first hand experiences and insights of both parents from Scotland who adopted their child(ren) from other UK jurisdictions and workers from both Local Authorities and Voluntary Adoption Agencies who have supported cross border adoptions. It was carried out by Jessica Cleary and Maggie Grant.
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Discussion Paper: Transitions from foster placements to adoptive families: foster carers’ perspective:

Scotland’s Adoption Register has recently undertaken a small study focusing on the perspective of foster carers in relation to the transition process. Linking with recent UK wide research (for example, Neil et al 2018), this is intended as a contribution to the development of new guidance about managing the transition process in the best way possible for the child.
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Permanently Progressing research:

Since 2014, the Permanently Progressing study has been following a cohort of 1836 children who became ‘looked after’, or ‘looked after and accommodated’ in Scotland in 2012-2013 when they were aged five or under. Many of those children remained or returned to the care of their parents, but for some the decision has been taken to permanently place them with kin, long term foster carers, or adoptive parents. This ground breaking study explores pathways to permanence and outcomes, asking how decisions are made, how long children wait, and what promotes feelings of belonging.
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Stand up for Siblings research:

Stand Up For Siblings was a piece of research which was published last year by Dr Christine Jones from the University of Strathclyde and Dr Gillian Henderson from the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration on Supporting Sibling Relationships of Children in Permanent Foster and Adoptive Families.
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Our Next Exchange Day will be held on September 22nd 2022 at Stirling Albert Hall. All approved prospective adopters and family finding workers are welcome to attend.