About the Register
What we do
Scotland’s Adoption Register is a project funded by the Scottish Government and hosted by AFA Scotland. The Register has a remit to facilitate family finding across Scotland with the aim of increasing the numbers of children that are placed for adoption and to make the linking and matching process work as well as possible for children and prospective adopters. We offer a number of family finding services at no cost to agencies. These are described in more detail below:
The Online Register
The online Register allows social workers to share information about children who have a plan for adoption with approved adopters in Scotland. The system uses an IT system provided by the social enterprise ‘Link Maker’ to enable social workers and adopters to share information and to explore possible links in the knowledge that the information is protected by the highest levels of security.
Regulations introduced by the Scottish Government in 2016 require local authorities and adoption agencies to refer children and adopters to the Register through the national linking service – within 3 months of the child being registered for adoption or, for adopters, within 3 months of being approved at panel.