Adoption makes a real difference to a child’s life. You provide a secure, loving home to a child or children for life, secured through a court order.  Like all parenting, it means sticking with it through good times and bad. It’s one of the most challenging, but also one of the most rewarding, things you can do.

Who can adopt?

You do not need any specific qualifications and whether you are single or married, have children already or not, we would love to hear from you.  Our adopters are from various backgrounds, genders, nationalities, religions and ages.

If you decide to adopt a child, we will also take into consideration:

  • Your health – as part of the adoption process, your medical health will be checked. Not all disabilities will stop you from adopting.
  • If you have children – we will discuss with you how you will meet the needs of an adoptive child as well as your existing children. Your children’s thoughts about adoption are also important.
  • If you have a partner – he or she must have been living with you for at least two years. Your relationship will be assessed to make sure a child will be placed in a loving and stable home.
  • If you smoke – there are significant health risks of smoking and passive smoking. It is unlikely that a young child will be placed in a home where there are smokers.
  • Your criminal record - as part of the adoption process we will do a police check. Not all criminal convictions will stop you from adopting, but people with a history of sexual offences and/or cruelty to children will not be considered.

What happens next?

A social worker will arrange an initial visit where you will find out a lot more about what will happen if you wish to go ahead.

If your enquiry does go ahead, you will attend a preparation course. A social worker will also visit you and your family over a period of time to assess your suitability, and complete a home study report in partnership with you

The home study report will be presented to the adoption and permanence panel.  The panel is made up of people from different professional backgrounds, including social work, education, paediatric medicine and the law who have knowledge of adoption.  The panel is chaired independently by a child placement consultant from Scottish Adoption.

You will be invited to attend part of the meeting to discuss your application.

The panel makes a recommendation about your application which goes to the Council's 'Decision Maker' who will make a decision within 14 days.

Your decision to adopt could change a child's life and yours.

Contact us to find out more.