Author Archives: Audrey Darling

Care Inspectorate report 2019

latest report

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Anna’s meeting with her birth mother

Anna’s meeting with her birth mother is typical of the stories we hear 

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KT Tunstall’s story……

KT Tunstall’s story broke my ambivalence about adoption TV

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Trying to find birth parents…

Trying to find birth parents is natural

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Spring 2019

Birthlink’s Spring bulletin 

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Helping adopted children find….

Helping adopted children find their lost relatives is in our DNA

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Key service to reunite relatives

Key service to reunite relatives just needs names and contacts to start the search

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The need for counselling doesn’t……

The need for counselling doesn’t just end at the moment of adoption 

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Annual report 2017-2018

Accounts 2017-2018

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Autumn 2018

Birthlink’s Autumn bulletin

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Scotland’s Oldest Charity shop

TFN visited our charity shop in Bruntsfield

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The passion behind….

The passion behind changes to handling of birth mothers in adoption cases

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Tiny pieces here, tiny pieces there

Tiny pieces here, tiny pieces there, the memories of a child in care

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Edinburgh orphan looking for answers

Edinburgh orphan looking for family answers in Dundee. Mervyn’s story continues…

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Spring 2018

Birthlink’s Spring bulletin 

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Reunions after adoption can be complex

Dr Gary Clapton: Reunions after adoption can be complex

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Edinburgh pensioner mourns loss of funding

Edinburgh pensioner, Mervyn,  mourns loss of funding for Birthlink

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To meet or not to meet ?

To meet or not to meet ? The hard questions for adopted children and birth parents

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Birthlink Annual Round up 2017

Round up 2017

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Annual Report 2016-2017

Accounts 2016-2017

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Reality for those affected by adoption is emotional upheaval and uncertain results

Lara Wierzoch, Louise Wilson and Sally Lynch: Reality for those affected by adoption is emotional upheaval and uncertain results

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Autumn 2017

Birthlink’s Autumn 2017 Bulletin

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ITV News journalist reporter goes back to his roots

News journalist Martin Geissler goes back to his roots

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Scotland’s oldest Charity Shop hits 60 !!

Neil Gascoyne: Scotland’s oldest charity shop hits 60

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Don’t leave it too late to find out who you are..

Don’t leave it too late to find out who you are and where your family members came from 

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Care Inspectorate Report 2017

Care Inspectorate report 2017

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Professional Training

On 8th March, we successfully delivered a training day to 11 colleagues based with Fife Council. The focus for the day was outlining Birthlink services and the support we provide.  The important role of the Adoption Contact Register for Scotland …

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Finding Dory reunites a family

Finding Dory reunites a family

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The Human Face of help

The Human face of help to find families

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Spring 2017

Birthlink’s Spring 2017 Bulletin

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Mum spent almost 50 years looking for the baby she gave up

Mum spent almost 50 years looking for the baby she gave up as a teenager to find she was living just 11 miles away

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Parents shamed into giving up babies for adoption deserve an apology

Parents shamed into giving up babies for adoption deserve an apology

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Birthlink Annual Round up 2016

Round up 2016

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Annual Report 2015-2016

Accounts 2015-2016

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Autumn 2016

Birthlink’s Autumn 2016 bulletin

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Anne & Karen’s story reveals much about what is done by Birthlink

The road to creating an adoption reunion can be long and winding 

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Spare a thought for the parent of an adopted child

For adopted people, Father’s Day can be a cause for curiosity, pleasure or distress. Having two sets of parents, the ones that brought you up and the ones that give birth to you, comes with the territory.

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Meeting Birth Mother

Meeting Birth mother can be nerve wracking

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Spring 2016

Birthlink’s Spring 2016 Bulletin

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Why I decided to track down my Birth mother

IAN Todd had some difficult decisions to make as a big birthday beckoned. So, where do I begin?  

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Going back to your roots…

There’s an awful lot to learn about adoption as three social work masters students found out on a two-week placement at Birthlink

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Rediscovering lost family is a miracle

WHEN Ali Stevens started searching for the father whom she had never known, her aim was to find out medical history that might help her sick son.

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Test reveals your Heritage- or dark family secret

DNA analysis could open a window onto family history,

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Connecting pieces to solve a jigsaw

Helping to heal wounds is key for Birthlink, writes Gary Clapton  

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Annual Report 2014-2015

Accounts 2014-2015

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Autumn 2015

Birthlink’s Autumn 2015 Bulletin

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Scots mum who made Aussie PM face up to adoption heartache calls on Scotland to start the healing process too

EVELYN ROBINSON says the pain of losing her own child during the 70s has driven her to right the wrongs caused by forced adoption. read more:  

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Spring 2015

Birthlink’s Spring 2015 Bulletin

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Care Inspectorate Report 2015

Care Inspectorate Report 2015

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Autumn 2014

Birthlink’s Autumn 2014 Bulletin

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For Complex Adoption Issues, It’s Good to Talk – The Scotsman, December 2014

Phoning is the best way to discuss feelings, says Gary Clapton Here’s Daniel’s story. “The first time I ever spoke to my mother was on the phone. I was 32 and she was 51. “I had never spoken to my …

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Charity united brother with long-lost siblings — Donegal News, November 2014

Billy MacFarlanes search for his mother gave him a family he never knew existed.   Full Story: http://donegalnews.com/2014/11/charity-united-brother-with-long-lost-siblings/

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Peter’s visit to mother’s grave leads way to Eddie- Aberdeen Press & Journal, November 2014

Cheryl Livingstone takes a look at the lives of families separated by adoption, who have been reunited thanks to the efforts of a Scottish charity. Unlike many adopted children, Peter Burnett knew a lot about his background. Born in Turriff, …

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Clearing the Path in Search of Our Self – The Scotsman, June 2014

Click here to read the article at the Scotsman.com, or read it below. Seminal 1970s work on adoption holds true to this day, writes Malcolm Hill For much of the 20th century, in Britain and most western countries, many aspects …

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Searches Provide Missing Link in Chain of Adoption – The Scotsman, April 2014

Click here to read this article at TheScotsman.com, or read it below. Family histories can frustrate and reward, says Jennifer McNiven I work with Birthlink, a charity providing a range of services to individuals and families affected by adoption, as …

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Annual Report 2013-2014

Accounts 2013-2014

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Spring 2014

Birthlink’s Spring 2014 Bulletin

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Care Inspectorate Report 2014

Care Inspectorate Report 2014

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Autumn 2013

Birthlink’s Autumn 2013 Bulletin

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Annual Report 2012-2013

Annual Report 2012-2013

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Spring 2013

Birthlink’s Spring 2013 Bulletin

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Care Inspectorate Report 2013

Care Inspectorate Report 2013

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Autumn 2012

Birthlink’s Autumn 2012 Bulletin

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Annual Report 2011-2012

Annual Report 2011-2012

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Spring 2012

Birthlink’s Spring 2012 Bulletin

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Winter 2011

Birthlink’s Winter 2011 Bulletin

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Spring 2011

Birthlink’s Spring 2011 Bulletin

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Autumn 2010

Birthlink’s Autumn 2010 Bulletin

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Annual Report 2009-2010

Annual Report 2009-2010

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Spring 2010

Birthlink’s Spring 2010 Bulletin

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Annual Report 2008-2009

Annual Report 2008-2009

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Annual Report 2007-2008

Annual Report 2007-2008

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