Adoption Contact Register for Scotland

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The Adoption Contact Register for Scotland is a confidential, computerised database registered under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Why register ?

  • The register invites adopted people, birth parents and other birth relatives to register their details in the hope that there will be a link allowing future contact.
  • It is a route by which many questions can be answered and reassurances given.

 

Who can register ?

  • All people aged 16 and over, whose birth and/or adoption took place in Scotland.
  • Birth mothers, birth fathers and any other birth relatives, where the adopted person’s birth and/or adoption took place in Scotland.
  • Adoptive parents on behalf of a child under the age of 16, where the child’s birth and/or adoption took place in Scotland.

If you wish to register on the Adoption Contact Register for Scotland you can do so via our website, details below, or we can send a registration form to you in the post, or click here to download and print the Adoption Contact Registration form if you are unable to register online via the above link.

What happens after registration ?

After we have received your registration form your details will be entered into the Adoption Contact Register for Scotland.

If this proves successful, and there is a link, a member of Birthlink will then contact you.

If there is no link we will advise you of this and your details will remain on the register in the hope that there may be a link in the future.

How much will it cost ?

We ask people who register on the Adoption Contact Register for Scotland to pay a fee of £20. This payment makes a small contribution towards the costs involved in maintaining the service. If you are in receipt of a benefit and are unable to make the payment please contact us.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Adopted adults (over the age of 16 in Scotland) who are seeking to obtain their original birth certificates should make direct contact either by letter, telephone, email or in person at the following address;

The National Records of Scotland Adoption Unit
General Register House
2 Princes Street
Edinburgh
EH1 3YY
Telephone: 0131 535 1355 or 1383
email: adoptions@nrs.gov.uk

In Partnership with

Scot Gov