This week is the first ever Adoption Week Scotland – a celebration of adoption in Scotland, and an opportunity to raise awareness of the continued need for adoptive families.
We have moved Scotland’s Adoption Register to an online system, to bring families together and reduce the amount of time potential adopters and children wait for a placement. This system will be safe and secure, and for the first time, prospective adopters will also be able to look for matches directly.
We’re continuing ‘activity days’ where prospective adopters and children can meet.
A number of trial ‘activity days’ have been held over the last year, to allow children and potential adoptive families to get to know each other in a safe, fun and informal environment. We will double the number of activity days held in the future, with six events held across the country.
We’re supporting local authorities to deliver a permanent home more quickly for looked after children and young people.
We are providing expert support to local authorities so they can bring agencies and professionals together through their Permanence and Care Excellence programme. This programme aims to ensure more children have a permanent home more quickly by reducing delay in the system.
We’re providing funding for a range of charities and organisations.
We provide funding to a number of charities and organisations working with professionals, looked after children and families. This funding helps to maintain and expand Scotland’s adoption register, recruit more adopters and foster carers, maintain the adoption contact register for Scotland and operate the national adoption advice line.
Adoption Week Scotland runs from 21 to 27 November. Find out more here.