ScotlandAdoption UK in Scotland operates from our office base in Edinburgh, providing information, support and advice to those parenting children who are no longer able to live with their birth families, across Scotland. Our services are provided through our helpline, online support systems, training workshops and support groups. We work closely with voluntary adoption agencies and local authorities across Scotland. If you are based in Scotland and are interested in adopting a child you should contact your local authority to find out their procedures for placing children in your local area. New factsheet now available available on Funding Support for Adopted Children in School (in Scotland) click here Contact the office Helpline Advisory Group Support Groups Library Newsletter Training & Support Useful Links Meet the Scotland team Fiona Aitken Director, Scotland - As the director of our service in Scotland, Fiona is responsible for service delivery and development across Scotland. Fiona manages a team of skilled and experienced staff members who have personal and professional experience allowing them to offer information, advice and support to adoptive families in Scotland. With a degree in Sociology and a qualification in Speech and Language therapy, Fiona comes from a child focused professional background. Previous roles involved developing and coordinating family support services for children and families affected by disabilities, and working in a residential respite environment. She has a further qualification in Autism and Child Safeguarding and Wellbeing, is a trained sleep counsellor and trained in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and Non Violent Resistance. Fiona has two children, and is a short break foster carer. Fiona DunbarAdoption Services Coordinator for Scotland - Fiona is our Adoption Services Coordinator for Scotland. Fiona brings extensive experience of support work, having been a foster carer for over ten years as well as working as a support worker for young homeless people within Edinburgh. Fiona is also an adoptive parent of one, and a parent of three. A trained counsellor, Fiona has also worked within GP surgeries, student support services and for women specific organisations, Fiona is also trained in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Theraplay and Non Violent Resistance as well as Neuro-Physiological Psychotherapy. Fiona is also a PEEP trainer. Aliy BrownHelpline Adviser/Office Coordinator -Aliy provides support to the whole team through coordinating office activities alongside working on the information and advice helpline. In her spare time Aliy is also a volunteer for Adoption UK in Scotland in the Borders area. She has a professional background in business and project management, personal experience of adoption, has previously worked in the public and private sector, and prior to joining Adoption UK spent 10 years working within the NHS. Aliy has also previously worked in the voluntary sector in both the UK and abroad. Through her varied career she has gained many skills that enable her to work in this diverse role and support the team. Aliy is a trained sleep counsellor, is trained in Non Violent Resistance and has training on the topic of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. She also runs our support group for parents of children with FASD. Aliy has a BA Hon degree in Social Policy and is a Chartered Manger with the CMI. Aliy is married and she and her husband have 3 adopted children. Simon CawthorneVolunteer and Events Coordinator - Simon is our events and volunteer coordinator, responsible for recruiting, training and supporting volunteers as well as event provision for the service. As an adopter he has been able to attend many AUK events and helped organise the Dads group as a volunteer for several years. Simon also works part time providing outdoor play opportunities to children in Edinburgh. A foster carer for over ten years, he has gained valuable experience of the adoption journey from many different viewpoints. He has considerable managerial experience and worked for many years in the voluntary sector. Simon is trained in Non Violent Resistance, inclusive youth work, Under Pressure Alison ParkinsonHelpline Adviser/Education Coordinator - Alison joined Adoption UK in Scotland in October 2016 as our helpline adviser, and extended her role to begin providing specific support to our education support work due to considerable need. Alison has been a freelance trainer for Adoption UK, and continues to use her skills in further education to develop and deliver training in schools, as well as for parents and other professionals. Alison is trained in Non Violent Resistance, Raising Children with Confidence and is a trained sleep counsellor. Alison is married and she and her husband have an adopted son and daughter. Kathy AllanEducation Project Coordinator - Kathy is an adoptive and birth mother. She has been involved with AUK for 9 years now, first as a member and prospective adopter, then as volunteer co-ordinator for our East Lothian support group. For the past 2 years she has been leading our 'Attachment Ambassadors' schools' project - delivering training to teachers, support staff and parents, and helping to spread the attachment awareness message to schools throughout Scotland. Kathy has a background in marketing, project management, consultancy, training and research in the public, private and voluntary sectors. She is a qualified counsellor, TEFL teacher and adult literacy tutor, and also works freelance as a Peep trainer and facilitator.