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Adoption Written Answer, 18/09/13 [S]

Written Answer given in response to Liam McArthur's (LD) question asking the Scottish Government what action it is taking to increase the levels of prospective adopters; what funding it has provided to (a) charitable and (b) independent adoption providers in each year since 2008-09, broken down by organisation, and what the eligibility criteria were.

The Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell, replied that the Scottish Government has been working with all key organisations in the sector including local authorities, voluntary adoption agencies and other adoption services providers to improve the adoption services in Scotland and extend the reach of voluntary adoption agencies and their capacity to meet demand including the establishment of the National Adoption Register.

Funding was provided to BAAF in Scotland, Birthlink and Adoption UK in Scotland, all of which have a charitable status, under the Unified Voluntary Sector Fund (UVSF) from 2008-09 to 2012-13. Following a review of UVSF, a new funding mechanism was created under the Third Sector Early Intervention Fund (TSEIF) and Strategic Funding Partnership Funding (SFPF).

Funding has been awarded to Adoption UK under TSEIF and to Birthlink and BAAF under SFPF. In addition, the Scottish Government has provided grant funding to BAAF in Scotland to operate the National Adoption Register.

The Scottish Government have also provided grant funding of £10,000 in 2012-13 and £75,000 in 2013-14 to St Andrew’s Children Society to expand their adoption services in the North East of Scotland and recruit more prospective adopters in this part of Scotland.

The previously ring-fenced funding for adoption for local authorities that amounted to £2 million was rolled-up into the overall local government finance settlement with effect from 2008-09. From 1 April 2008 there is no longer a separate allocation of funding for adoption but the funding remains within the overall block grant. It is the responsibility of each local authority to allocate the total financial resources available to it on the basis of local needs and priorities having first fulfilled its statutory obligations and the jointly agreed set of national and local priorities including the Scottish Government’s key strategic objectives.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 18 September 2013 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 18 September 2013