Who Can Adopt in Scotland?

You can adopt in Scotland whether you are:
Single, in a relationship, married or in a civil partnership with or without children
Male, female, straight, lesbian, gay, trans or bisexual
A homeowner or renting


To ensure that every child gets the support and stability they deserve, there are a few criteria you need to be approved as an adoptive parent. You must:

  • be over the age of 21
  • have stopped fertility treatment if you’ve been trying to conceive
  • have a spare room at home: this could be a spare bedroom, or a room you’re not currently using as a bedroom, such as a study.


As part of the adoption assessment; a prospective adopter’s health, financial circumstances and employment status will always be explored. However, health conditions, low income or being unemployed will not in themselves automatically exclude a person from being approved to adopt.

We are pleased to announce our intention to host several small webinar events on the 13th, 14th and 15th of October (number of events will be dependent on interest from families) To find out more please click on the button or alternatively email us at sar@adoptionregister.scot or call 0131 526 3240.