Birthlink provide a range of services to help individuals and families affected by adoption and fostering.
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.
The Search service can help 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. knowledge of appropriate Internet sites can assist in locating people.
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 Birthlink are aware of the sensitive and delicate nature of this stage of your search and we will consult with you before taking any action.
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.
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.
Care Connect Service
Care Connect helps adults who have been in care to find information about their past or trace estranged family members.
Adults who have been in care can have similar needs to people who were adopted, perhaps with issues of identity or looking for more information about their families of origin.
We are currently working with Future Pathways, Scotland’s In Care Survivor Support fund, to provide the Care Connect service to individuals who have registered with them and are looking for support with care records, family histories or contacting family members.
We can only provide the Care Connect service to people who have registered with Future Pathways. If you choose to register with Future Pathways, it means that not only are you able to access Care Connect, but you will also have access to a wide range of other supports as well.
For more information about Future Pathways, eligibility and how to register please visit their website: https://future-pathways.co.uk
Intended Client Groups:
- Adults affected by adoption with a Scottish connection, fostering within City of Edinburgh Council
This service is available to residents of all parts of Edinburgh
Applicants for this service should also meet this condition:
Services are available worldwide to adults affected by adoption with a Scottish connection. Care Connect, a worldwide service to adults who were in the care of the City of Edinburgh Council as children.
This service accepts direct self referrals.
This service is available by appointment only.
Contact Info. & Provider's Address
21 Castle Street
Monday to Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm
-We offer a Duty system which is available Monday – Friday 9.30am-4.00pm. Last appointment 3pm daily -