We are improving the procedures, services and support around adoption and permanence to ensure that Scotland has a modern, responsive and child-centred adoption system.
Adoption enquiries should be sent to the relevant local authority contact or government contact.
Since 2011 we have funded Scotland's Adoption Register that aims to speed up and increase the number of adoptions in Scotland.
The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 wrote Scotland's Adoption Register into law. As a result:
- the Scotland's Adoption Register Regulations 2016 were created to set out the key requirements for supplying, retaining and disclosing information
- from April 2016 all adoption agencies in Scotland use Scotland's Adoption Register to refer both children and adopters within three months of approval
Improving adoption: background
In 2001 the Scottish Executive launched the Adoption Policy Review Group (APRG) to review Scotland's adoption system and make recommendations to improve it. It produced two reports:
the Adoption Policy Review Group: Phase 1 report, published in 2002, concentrated on the place of adoption within the spectrum of services considered for children and young people
the Phase 2 report Adoption: better choices for our children, published in 2005, made recommendations to improve the existing legal framework for adoption and permanence
We responded to Phase 2 with a set of proposals, which we consulted on in 2015 (Scotland's Adoption Register Regulations 2016: consultation). As a result, the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill was introduced and passed in 2006, creating the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007.
An interagency fee can be charged when adopters approved by one adoption agency are matched with a child in the care of another adoption agency.
Following our consultation on Scotland's Adoption Register Regulations 2016 we agreed to endorse the use of the same standard fee structure as used in England for interagency placements, shown below:
For one child: £27,000 For two children: £43,000 For three children: £60,000 For four children: £68,000 For five children: £80,000
The process for adopting children from abroad is similar to domestic adoption but may be subject to additional restrictions or requirements, depending on where the child comes from.
Anyone considering adopting a child from abroad should contact their local authority's adoption division.
Intercountry adoption: restrictions
Under Section 62 of the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007, Scottish Ministers must publish a 'restricted list' that sets out the countries for which special restrictions are in place.