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Children and families

Information and support for children and families:


Information and support about fostering. Find out about becoming a foster carer; the different types of fostering; being in foster care and being a child of a parent who fosters.


Information about our adoption services. Find out about becoming an adoptive parent; the adoption process; accesssing birth records and post adoption support.

Kinship care

Information and support about kinship care. Find out what kinship care is; the rights and responsibilities of a kinship carer; how to become an approved kinship carer; and our support events.

Throughcare and aftercare service

Information about our Throughcare and Aftercare service. Find out who is eligible for the service; the assessment and support available. The support includes helping young people leaving care to get health services, accommodation, education, training and employment.

Children's rights service

Information about the rights of children and young people. Find out about what the service does and the help and support it provides.

Family Information Service (FIS)

A free, impartial service giving information and advice on childcare and services for children, young people and their families across Aberdeenshire.

Childcare Strategy

Find out about working in the childcare sector; training for childcare staff and funding for childminders.

Getting It Right for Every Child (GIRFEC)

Getting It Right for Every Child is a national policy making sure every child or young person achieves their potential. More information is available on the getting it right for every child in Aberdeenshire website.

Integrated Children's Service Plan

The Integrated Children's Services Plan details the vision, aims and priorities of children's services for Aberdeenshire’s children. It makes sure the services are integrated and effective.

Child protection

Information about what to do if you're worried about a child or if you don't feel safe is available on the getting it right for every child in Aberdeenshire website.

Children's Panel

The Children's Panel is a group of specially selected volunteers who make the decisions to help improve the lives of children and young people who have been referred to Children's Hearings.

Whole System Approach

Find out about this Scottish Government-led initiative dealing with children and young people who become involved in offending behaviour.


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