Interagency Fees 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 fees: additional guidance
Use of a standard interagency fee means that agencies can be confident that they can cover the costs of recruiting prospective adopters and continue to invest in this process even if the adopters are subsequently matched with children from outwith their local area. As well as ensuring the best interests of the child are at the forefront of any matching decision, this helps to maximise opportunities for children from across Scotland who require adoptive placements.

Level of fees
Fee levels will be uprated on 1 April each year based on the Consumer price inflation including owner occupiers’ housing costs (CPIH) measure of inflation for the preceding calendar year as published by the Office for National Statistics. Information on the new fees will be circulated by the Scottish Government and will be made available on the Scotland’s Adoption Register web site.

Payment
The fee is paid as a single payment at the point of placement.

Components of the fee
Although charged as a single payment, the fee is made up of three equal components. The first third covers recruitment and assessment, the second third covers linking, matching and introductions and the final third is to provide support from placement until the granting of the adoption order – on the assumption that this will happen within 12 months of placement.

Placements that disrupt within the first 12 months
If the placement disrupts within the first 12 months, the agency for the adopter will repay a proportion of the final third of the interagency fee. The amount of the repayment will be determined by the date the child leaves the placement and will be calculated on a pro rata basis. If, for example, the placement disrupts after 4 months, the repayment will be 8/12ths of the final third of the fee.

Placements where the Adoption Order is not granted with 12 months
If the Adoption Order is not granted within 12 months, the adopters’ agency will continue to support the placement on a fostering basis and will invoice the placing agency monthly at a rate of one 12th of the final third of the fee until the Adoption Order is granted (referred to as ongoing support in the following table).

In acknowledgment of year on year increases in staff costs the fee levels will be uprated on the 1st April each year on the basis of the Consumer Prices Index (CPIH) measure of inflation for the preceding calendar year as published by the Office for National Statistics. On 14th February 2024 the Office for National Statistics published the Consumer price inflation including owner occupiers’ housing costs (CPIH) level for 2023, which was 4.2%. This means that, from 1st April 2024 to 31st March 2025, the inter-agency fee levels are as follows:

Number of childrenFee level
For 1 child£37,059
For 2 children£61,765
For 3 children£86,471
For 4 children£111,177
For 5 or more childrenTo be negotiated on an ongoing basis
Ongoing supervision£1,029 per month
Our Next Exchange Day will be held on Monday 22nd April 2024 at Dundee Caird Hall. All approved prospective adopters and family finding workers are encouraged to attend.