Scotland


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. 


The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is the internationally mandated children’s rights framework that informs our strategies and programmes. 

Part 1 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 embeds UNCRC rights in Scottish legislation and places children’s rights duties on Scottish Ministers and public authorities. How does the UNCRC work?

UNCRC LogoThere are four general principles of the UNCRC:

  • apply rights without discrimination (Article 2)
  • the best interests of the child to be a primary consideration (Article 3)
  • the right to life, survival and development (Article 6)
  • the right to express a view and have that view taken into account (Article 12).

Children’s rights are inextricably linked with the rights of parents and carers, whose important role in children’s lives is recognised throughout. At Adoption UK Scotland we ensure that children’s rights are embedded in our practice, and particularly in our safeguarding policy. We strive to ensure that children’s voices are heard through the work that we do to represent adoptive families.

We are always keen to hear feedback and suggestions to improve our practice – so please let us know if you have any thoughts to share.