Operated by Birthlink, the Adoption Contact Register for Scotland is charity run with the goal of reconnecting those separated by adoption.

To be eligible, either the birth, adoption or both must have taken place in Scotland. It is open to those aged 16 and over who are either adopted, a birth mother or father, a relative by birth, or an adoptive parent acting on behalf of a child under the age of 16.

It is a closed registry and not accessible by the public without first registering your own details. A fee is required to register and you will be informed of any matches that occur. In addition to the registration fee, additional funds may be requested should there be a match for the cost of mediation and support.

Office hours are weekdays only, however you can register online through the website at any time.

The Adoption Contact Register for Scotland was established over 30 years ago and has proven itself over time as a trusted means for those wishing to reconnect. It is done in partnership with the Scottish Government

What if I can’t register online?

You can download and print the form and post it to Birthlink. You will need to include copies of relevant identification documents as set out in the form.

Q How much does it cost?

The cost of registering is £20. The payment can be made online at the time of registration.

* Price at February 2019

Q Do I have other options?

The Adoption Contact Register for Scotland is one of many sources you can choose when looking for an adopted person or a member of a birth family in the UK. Tracedex maintains an index of registries as well as information on obtaining records and finding people. Visit the Adoption People Search section for further steps you can take. There are also professional tracing services willing to assist you in locating someone. We wish you luck in your search.

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