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Kinship Care

All across Scotland, thousands of people care for children because their natural parents are unable to do so. These are often grandparents, aunts and uncles but can also be family friends. People who look after children in these kinds of circumstances are often known as ‘Kinship Carers’.

From 1st September 2020, the Kinship Care Advice Service for Scotland (KCASS) is being led by Adoption UK Scotland (AUKS) and AFA Scotland (AFAS). The attached FAQ sets out the details. The new service uses the previous CAS helpline number of 0808 800 0006 which transferred over to AUKS on 1st September 2020. AUKS will also respond to email enquiries sent to For more information on the Kinship Care Service online from 1st September visit