Who we are

Kate Richardson

I am the Manager/Practitioner of Scotland’s Adoption Register. I joined in 2020. I qualified as a Social Worker in 2009 following many years working in residential child care and adult mental health. I spent time as a Children and Families practice team social worker for City of Edinburgh Council before moving to the council’s Family Based Care Department to focus on adoption and permanent fostering. Prior to moving to Scotland’s Adoption Register I was the Lead Practitioner for managing the transitions of children from interim placements to their adoptive and permanent fostering homes.

Telephone: 0131 322 8494
Email: kate.richardson@adoptionregister.scot

Jess Austin

I am the Administrative Communications Coordinator for Scotland’s Adoption Register. I completed a BA in Journalism in 2010 and in 2019 completed an Open University module in childhood studies and child psychology. I worked in various administrative positions for Edinburgh City Council before joining the Register on a temporary basis in 2014.I later worked for Scottish Adoption before re-joining the register in 2015.

Telephone: 0131 526 3240
Email: jess.austin@adoptionregister.scot