New job vacancy and Birthlink's Spring 2013 Bulletin

Our Spring 2013 bulletin concentrates on three topical issues - the use of Facebook in tracing birth families, news of the Australian 'adoption apologies' process and commentary around the sad demise of one of our sister organisations, NORCAP, in England.

Birthlink bulletin - Spring 2013(2.5Mb)

Adoption Contact Register for Scotland

The Adoption Contact Register for Scotland is a confidential computerised database. The purpose of the Register is to put adopted people and their birth parents, or other birth relatives, in touch with each other when both parties want this to happen.

> Find out more about the Adoption Contact Register for Scotland

Searching services

Please be aware there may be a 4 month waiting period for this service.

The purpose of our Search service is to trace a birth relative. Birthlink has a group of experienced and trained volunteers who will conduct a search on your behalf.

The search and any resulting information is coordinated by a member of the Birthlink staff. Birthlink's access to and use of new technology further enhances this work eg. our knowledge of appropriate Internet sites can assist in locating people.

> Find out more about our Searching Services

Go-between services

Birthlink has helped many adopted people and their birth relatives to establish and maintain contact. Birthlink staff draw on years of experience in facilitating contact between people separated by adoption. Be assured that we are aware of the sensitive and delicate nature of this stage of your search and we will consult with you before taking any action.

> Find out more about our Go-between services

See your legal documents (Court process)

You have the right to see the legal documents that were lodged in the Court at the time of adoption. These legal papers are known as the Court Process. Birthlink Staff can help you identify their current whereabouts and suggest how you may access the papers.

> Find out more about our Court Process Service

After Adoption Information Line

Birthlinks After Adoption Information Line (AAIL) is an easily accessible one-stop point of contact for all those seeking information and advice relating to adoption issues that affect adults. Experienced and qualified staff provide helpful guidance and up-to-the-minute information on a range of topics.

> Find out more about After Adoption Information Line

Care Connect service

Care Connect helps adults who have been in care to find information about their past or trace estranged family members.

> Find out more about Care Connect

2013 Care Service Inspection Report

"We found that Birthlink provided a very valuable post adoption service to adults
affected by adoption".

The Care Inspectorate is the independent scrutiny and improvement body for care and children’s services.

Read their 2013 Inspection Report.

The aims of Birthlink

Birthlink aims to enhance the well-being and promote the welfare of all people affected by adoptions formalised in Scotland.

Find out more about the services we provide and how we can help you.

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Guides, books and videos available with information on adoption.