Adoption 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 please contact us for information and advice about the routes to adoption in your area.

For an overview of the adoption process please download our factsheet 

For information on COVID-19 and support during this time please click here

From September 1st 2020, Kinship Care Advice Service for Scotland will be led by Adoption UK Scotland and AFA Scotland. Read our FAQ for more details.

Here we are again. Not chatting in the playground, not waving our teens off as they go  round the corner shoving their jackets into their bags, not walking into school with the proud architect of a solar system made of fruit…

Even if you think closing all the schools was the right thing to do, the fact that this is happening again, the accumulation of lost learning and fractured young social lives is grim.

Like all children who have experienced trauma, the implications of school closures for adopted children pack an additional emotional punch. As our research from last spring showed, some families reaped positive benefits from the last lockdown, enjoying spending more and calmer time with their children, with resulting improvements in their learning. But for some adopted children lockdown presents severe challenges, resulting in increases in violent and aggressive behaviour, and refusal to engage with any home learning.

So it’s really important to remember that in Scotland, if your child is adopted (or if they are placed with you but not yet adopted) you can request that they go into school.   

For many adopted children, the benefits of them being in school rather than attempting to help them learn at home, far outweigh the risks of infection. If your child needs professional support in school, even if you have the time, skill and patience to be her TA, they may not let you.  

Your school might not offer this – either because they don’t know about it or because they’ve got a high number of key worker children coming in. It might not be right for your child. But if it is, you can request it.     

Here’s what you need to know.

For up to date information please see the NHS inform website which will refer you to the relevant local authority area who will advise you whether you may be entitled to a place in your school:…/coronavirus/winter-startback

If you feel that you need a place at your child’s school for care and protection purposes during this lockdown then it may be possible to get one. Vulnerable children and young people are eligible for places and adopted children can fall within this definition.

Vulnerable children and young people – definition

Children and young people may be vulnerable because of factors related to their personal development, features of their family life, or because of wider influences that impact on them within their community.

The professionals working with the children should be approached to establish if a space can be provided.

School closures – Scotland -

These are times of unprecedented stress and uncertainty for teachers. They will be much more receptive to your request for a place for your child in school if you acknowledge this and if you’re able to explain clearly and calmly why it’s the right thing for your child. Write yourself a few notes before you make the call/write the email.

I know this is all much more easily said than done. If you’re struggling with this or anything else, we’re here for you. Our helpline is open every weekday: 0300 666 0006.