BAAF in Scotland

Barbara Hudson, DirectorWelcome to the Scotland page from Director Barbara Hudson

Scotland team:

  • Barbara Hudson - Director
  • Catriona Walker - Trainer/Consultants
  • Alison Wilson - Child Placement Consultant
  • Ravinder Kaur - Black & Minority Ethnic Issues Consultant
  • Lindsey Dunbar - Trainer Consultant
  • Brenda Reilly - Office Manager
  • Margaret Anne Lumsden, Sarah Sibbert - Administrative Assistant
  • Rhona Pollock - Legal Consultant
  • Shiona Campbell - WOSC Co-ordinator
  • Monique Rutty - NEC Co-ordinator
  • Margaret Grant Resarch and Policy Co-ordinator

BAAF Scotland logoFrom our city centre office, our staff provide services across the whole of Scotland. Trainer/Consultants travel throughout the country to provide specialised training to a wide range of agencies, including local authorities, independent fostering providers and voluntary adoption agencies.

Areas we cover

At this office we cover the whole of Scotland from the borders to the islands.

Boundary of area Covered

What we do

BAAF Scotland has a unique place in supporting, advising and campaigning for better outcomes for children in care. We work with everyone involved with adoption and fostering across Scotland, providing services to meet the needs of some of the vulnerable and marginalised children.

BAAF Scotland campaigns at both national and local level to achieve policy and legislation which will improve the experience of, and outcomes for all looked after children.

What we offer

  • Advice for members of the public on adoption and fostering in Scotland. If you are thinking about Adoption and Fostering in Scotland we can help you.
  • Advice for professionals on all aspects of adoption, fostering and planning for children.
  • Child and family linking services. Choose your location: North East of Scotland or West Scotland.
  • Consultancy services offering in depth help on individual complex cases, service reviews and team development.
  • In our Resources section are statistics, website and publications specific to Scotland.
  • Training on a wide range of subjects for social workers, foster carers, adoptive parents, residential workers and other professionals.
  • Legislation, policy and practice


BAAF Scotland identifies preferred research provider for Permanently Progressing? study

Following the anonymous bequest to fund a new Scottish-based longitudinal study, BAAF Scotland has now undertaken a tendering process to recruit a research provider to enable the ambitions of this unprecedented research study to be realised. Following that process, a preferred provider has been identified and discussions are underway to agree a contract with them.
Barbara Hudson, Director of BAAF Scotland says:

We were absolutely delighted with the interest and outstanding quality of the applications submitted by a range of organisations to be the research provider for this study. We are looking forward to finalising contractual arrangements with the preferred provider and will be making an announcement about the appointment in the next few weeks.

Adopting A Child in Scotland book launch

At a packed event in The City Chambers, Edinburgh on 06 November 2013, BAAF Scotland launched a new publication, titled Adopting a Child in Scotland. The book, authored by Robert Swift, is the definitive guide to adopting a child in Scotland, but also contains the thoughts and reflections of families involved in adoption. The Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell also attended and warmly welcomed the publication. Watch a video of highlights below.

New report on quality of adoption in Scotland published by The Care Inspectorate

BAAF is delighted during National Adoption Week to read the report of the Care Inspectorate on the work of adoption agencies in Scotland. The report highlights the excellent work being undertaken across Scotland and describes the many positive and creative ways in which staff and adopters are working together to achieve adoptive placements for some of Scotland's most vulnerable children.

It is reassuring to see the attention and importance attached to this work and very timely! Anyone who responds to the challenge of National Adoption Week to open their home and hearts to a child can be confident that they will be welcomed and will receive a professional and supportive response . BAAF Scotland looks forward to continuing our work supporting our colleagues in agencies across Scotland.

Launch of new film to help recruit adopters in Scotland

BAAF have launched a new film featuring adoptive families from across Scotland to help recruit more adopters The adoptive families have shared their heart-warming stories to inspire people to consider becoming a ‘forever family’ for a child or sibling group who are unable to live with their birth family.

The film, narrated by actress Clare Grogan who is herself an adoptive mum, was made in partnership with the BBC’s Outreach volunteering initiative. It is being made available to all Scottish adoption agencies and local authorities to help with their work recruiting more adopters.


Contact details

BAAF Scottish Centre
113 Rose Street

Tel: 0131 226 9270
Fax: 0131 226 2503
Opening times: Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm

We have now set up a duty rota system for dealing with telephone/email enquiries. We hold two sessions per week, Tuesday and Thursday 1.30pm – 4.00pm.

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