PACS is a small charitable organisation based in Stirling that comprises parents, social workers and other professionals involved in adoption and long-term foster care. It offers a range of post placement support and services to adoptive families and permanent foster carers.
PACS receives a grant from Clackmannan, Falkirk and Stirling Councils to provide its services.
Services it offers include:
Telling the story of the thousands of children who migrated from the Orphan Homes of Scotland to to new lives in Canada, The Golden Bridge was inspired by an original exhibition created and displayed by Heatherbank Museum of Social Work in Glasgow Caledonian University. The Golden Bridge project was a collaboration between Iriss, Glasgow Caledonian University and Quarriers.
In 2007, Iriss undertook a digital preservation project to share - and safeguard - the migration story of 10,000 "orphans, waifs and strays" who emigrated to Canada between 1869 and 1939.
An adopted person trying to establish contact with birth parents or other birth relatives may find it a daunting and potentially stressful process, which requires a sensitive and caring approach. Being able to easily access clear information about services is essential to making the experience as straightforward as possible.
The Assessment Triangle is a key concept within child welfare and is a term that has been used since the late 1990s. In Scotland, it has been adopted within the development of an Integrated Assessment Framework, to which we also refer in this learning resource. There are a number of aspects of child assessment, in any domain - the home, the playground, the classroom, the GP surgery, or residential care, and others - where you will be thinking about assessment models and practice.
Edwina Grant, member of the Scottish Attachment in Action (SAIA) Executive Committee, reflects on the first SAIA conference, held in Falkirk, September 2010.