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Attachment Style Interview – Adoption and Fostering (ASI-AF)


Social care professionals working in adoption and fostering.


The training is designed to enable professionals to use the Attachment Style Interview (ASI) as part of their assessment of prospective adopters and foster carers, and to assess and plan for their support needs.


£500.00 per person plus trainer's expenses + vat for a group of 10 or 16. 


4 days

Learning outcomes

By the end of the training, participants should be able to:

  • conduct and rate a reliable ASI-AF interview
  • participate in and understand the importance of quality control for semi-structured interviews
  • consider and understand the uses of the AFI-AF in the context of fostering and adoption.
  • To have a good understanding of the overall Attachment Style ratings, and develop the skills in administering the ASI interview

For more information on the ASI visit the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies, Middlesex University website.

Quotations from trainees and managers

It was an excellent four-day training that will revolutionise how I undertake some aspects of my adoption Assessments, Trainee

Over the decade we’ve used it the ASI has provided a much deeper   understanding of the applicants close supportive relationships, Adoption Manager

For our agency doing the ASI at the beginning of the Stage 2 assessment helps to plan the remainder of the assessment, as it reduces the time spent on areas of the assessment, such as family background, current partner relationship, and support network, Adoption Manager

This was the most enjoyable training I have done in a long time, with the most application uses, Trainee

We have found that giving the applicant feedback, based on the evidence from the ASI, facilitates post placement discussions about support, assessments are quicker, and support is more likely to be taken up by the adopter, Adoption Manager

The knowledge gained at this course will be helpful to me in ascertaining carers’ resilience and ability to seek help. It will enable me to know what kind of support to offer... It will be beneficial when assessing foster carers as permanent foster carers. Trainee

The Attachment Sale Interview for Adoption (ASI-AF) a time-effective assessment tool for prospective carers

Contact us to discuss your agency’s or individual training needs, costs and any other questions.