This week (16-20 November) is Adoption Week Scotland 2020. Local authorities, adoption agencies, charities and individuals are coming together to celebrate and promote adoption, inform and inspire.
Modern adoption isn’t like the stories on Long Lost Family, it’s about finding families for some of the most vulnerable children in our society, because they are unable to grow up in their birth families. They don’t tend to be babies any more. On average they are three or four years old or part of a sibling group, or have additional support needs. This means that adoption isn’t for the faint-hearted. The adverse experiences these children suffer in the first few months or years of life, or even pre-birth, will have life-long impacts for them.
There are still lots of misconceptions about adoption. The Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007 (in force since 2009) opened the door for single people and unmarried couples, including gay couples, to adopt jointly. Age limits for adopters were scrapped, allowing older people to consider building a family by adoption. The events taking place in Adoption Week Scotland can give people an opportunity to find out more about whether they can change the life of a child through adoption.
The theme of Adoption Week Scotland 2019 was about enabling young people to tell their own personal stories. This year, as well as providing information about adopting, there will be events looking at sibling relationships, therapeutic parenting and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
The events will all be online this year but there’s lots going on. You can find out more here https://www.adoption.scot/adoption-week and by following @AdoptionWkScot on Twitter.
Our family law team can help to guide you through the legal parts of the adoption process, whether you are considering adopting a child from care or a step-child. We have the experience and expertise to give you specialist advice and support.
If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with us, then please do get in touch.