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 was established in Scotland in 2016. The use of an agreed fee has helped to ensure that families from across Scotland can be considered when agencies are seeking to identify the best possible match for a child. The fee is reviewed and updated on 1 April each year in line with consumer price inflation and use of the rates is supported by the Scottish Government.

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.

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).

The interagency fees in the following table are applicable from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 and are based on 1.4% increase on the previous year.

Number of childrenFee level
For 1 child£32,063
For 2 children£53,438
For 3 children£74,814
For 4 children£96,189
For 5 or more childrenTo be negotiated on an ongoing basis
Ongoing supervision£891 per month