Accessing records

Original birth entry / Adoption certificate / Adoption records

There are different types of records and we may be able to assist you in locating them.

Many adoption agencies have now closed and their adoption records may be held by a different agency or local authority. Some agencies have also changed their names. We may be able to advise you who the current holders of these records are if you would like to get in touch with us.

Birthlink was also a former Adoption Agency known as Guild of Service and then Family Care. We hold historical adoption and fostering records from this time.

If you know you were adopted or fostered through these agencies and would like to access your records you can apply in writing to us. You will also need to provide two items of identification one which must be your original birth extract, photocopies are acceptable.

We also hold the care records for Edzell Lodge Children’s Home. If you would like to access your records you can apply in writing to us. You will also need to provide two items of identification.

The Scottish Adoption Registry (SAR) was created by Birthlink in 1984.

It is a computerised database that holds information on the location of some adoption records that are held by Scottish local authorities and other approved adoption agencies. The aim was to have a single contact point where professionals could access basic information relating to adoptions that took place in Scotland. However as we rely on the participation of the local authorities and adoption agencies the database is unfortunately not as up to date as we had hoped.

If you are a birth parent or relative of an adult who was adopted in Scotland we may be able to offer you our intermediary service if there is an entry on the SAR.

This is called a Non-Disclosure Agreement and it would allow us to be given the identifying information of the adopted person. This would then enable us to carry out a search and, if possible, make contact to let them know a member of their birth family would like to be in touch.

We would not however be able to share any identifying information with a birth relative prior to contact being made by ourselves with the adopted person.