Access your Records

There are many types of records and we can help in sorting out which ones are which, locating their whereabouts, accessing them on your behalf and, if necessary helping you making sense of them.

Original Birth Entry

In the case of adoptions that have taken place in Scotland, we can advise how to obtain a copy of the original birth certificate showing the name(s) and – the then – address of birth parent(s).

Adoption Certificate

This is the legal document created at the time of adoption showing the details of adoptive parents and adopted child. In the case of adoptions that have taken place in Scotland, we can advise how to obtain a copy of the adoption certificate.

Adoption Records

Many adoption agencies have closed and adoption records may now be held by another agency. Other adoption agencies may have changed their names. Tracking down your adoption records is part of the After Adoption Information Line.

If an Adoption Agency was involved in arranging your adoption there should be an archived record. Contact us if you know the name of the Agency and we can advise who the current record holder is.

If your Adoption was through our own Agency Guild of Service or Family Care you can access your records.

You must apply in writing with your request, providing two pieces of identification one of which must be your original birth certificate along with one of the following: adoption certificate, passport, utility bill, driving license.

You will receive written notification of your request within 14 days from an allocated worker offering an office appointment to suit. The records will then be shared with you however if it is not possible to call to the office alternative arrangements can be made.

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