Adoption agencies can offer services for children, young people and adults who were adopted as children, services for birth families and services for adoptive parents and prospective adoptive parents.

Children and young people are entitled to grow up as part of a loving family that meets their needs through childhood and beyond. In most circumstances, this will be the child’s birth family and may include extended family members. For other children this may be achieved through adoption. Adoption is for life and adoptive parents have full parental responsibilities for their child.

We regulate adoption providers using the Health and Social Care Standards and the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010.

Adoption Service