Welcome to Birthlink

Our aim is to enhance the well-being and promote the welfare of all people affected by adoption with a Scottish connection.

How can we help?

If you have been affected by an adoption with a Scottish connection as a child, parent or relative, and are either looking for somebody, some information, or just someone to talk to, we can help you.

Are you an adopted person?

We can help at any and every stage of your search…

Adoption Contact Register

Adoption Contact Register

Finding connections through the Adoption Contact Register (ACR) for Scotland

National Records of Scotland

National Records of Scotland

Locate your original birth extract, adoption certificate and access your court process papers

Mediation

Mediation

Birthlink can facilitate an exchange of letters and photographs until the people involved feel ready to proceed

Accessing records

Accessing records

There are many types of records relating to your adoption and we can help in sorting out which ones are which

Search services

Search services

Using our experienced volunteers we are able to conduct a search to trace a birth relative on your behalf

One to one services

One-to-one service

Giving you the opportunity to talk with professionals who are specialists in after adoption work

Are you looking for information and advice? Our

After Adoption Information Line

is for everyone connected to Adoption: the adopted person,
birth relative or professional

Call:

0131 225 6441

Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm

Are you a birth parent or relative?

At Birthlink we can help with…

Finding the original birth extract through the National Records for Scotland (NRS) Adoption Unit

Find out more

National Records of Scotland

Finding connections through the Adoption Contact Register (ACR) for Scotland

Find out more and register your details

Adoption Contact Register for Scotland

Are you an in-care survivor?

Our Care Connect service helps adults who have been in care to find information about their past or trace estranged family members.

Care Connect

We are currently working in partnership with Future Pathways, to locate and access in-care records

Find out more

Future Pathways

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