We are always looking for people who are interested in becoming adoptive carers. Adoption can make a huge difference the life of a child.

It's a big decision to make but we'd love to hear from you if you're at least 21 years old and can provide a permanent, loving home.


There are no hard and fast rules about who can adopt. You can be:

  • single, married, divorced, or living together
  • in a same sex relationship
  • from any ethnic or religious background
  • a homeowner or living in rented accommodation
  • employed or on benefits
  • already have children
  • living with a disability

Enquire about becoming an adoptive carer

We'll contact you within 10 working days to discuss things with you.

The adoption process

A Family Placement Worker will meet with you to discuss the procedure. The process is thorough and takes up to 6 months. During the initial stages you will get to know each other and find out together if adoption is for you.

We'll need to make formal checks about your health with your GP and any convictions with Disclosure Scotland. You'll also be asked to supply the names of four personal referees.

Towards the end of the process your application will be considered by a panel who'll make a recommendation about your suitability to be an adoptive carer. The final decision is made by a Senior Manager, known as the Agency Decision Maker, within Social Work Services.

Our Family Placement Team supports adoptive carers and provides:

  • preparation and advice before you become an adoptive parent.
  • necessary bedroom furniture, bedding and equipment.
  • contact with medical, psychological and educational advice when appropriate.
  • support from your link worker and the child's Social Worker.
  • In exceptional circumstances financial support (adoption allowance)

Further information


Page last updated: 17/11/2020
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