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.

The Only Adoption Activity Day this year  will be on Saturday 28th September 2024 in Perth