Who is this for?

  • Adults affected by adoption with a Scottish connection

Who provides this?

  • Birthlink


Birthlink operates the Adoption Contact Register (ACR) for Scotland and works in partnership with the Scottish Government and Scottish local authorities. All people aged 16 and over, whose birth and/or adoption took place in Scotland can register, as well as birth mothers, birth fathers and any other birth relatives. We also offer a searching service where trained volunteer genealogists find the contacts people are looking for from public record.  After matches are made on the register, or people are located, service users can choose to enter into a period of mediation to reunite with estranged birth parents or relatives, if this is their mutual wish.  The Adoption Contact Register also gives siblings an opportunity to reunite if they were separated in childhood.  The service extends to accessing original court papers (relating to adoption) on behalf of service users who may not be in a position to travel to National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh to access these. Birthlink also operate the After Adoption Information Line, where anyone affected by adoption can seek advice and support. This is also used as a consultation service open to professionals seeking support on case work.

Separately, Birthlink are funded by Future Pathways to undertake Subject Access Requests for people seeking to understand their time in care. The agency is also funded by the Scottish Government and Health in Mind specifically to support people seeking to access their care records in preparation for application to Redress Scotland.

How do I access this?

  • Self-referrals
  • Referrals by third parties

Is there a cost?

Some services do have a cost. This is displayed on the Birthlink website.

Is there a waiting list?

Yes for some services.

Location information

Birthlink is based in the city centre so nearby parking can be an issue. The office is based on the first floor with no lift access. Home visits can be arranged or telephone appointments.

Opening times

Monday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Tuesday9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Wednesday9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Thursday9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Friday9.00 am – 5.00 pm

Contact Details

21 Castle Street, Edinburgh , EH2 3DN

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Types of support on offer:

Support in person
Support on the phone

Type of services on offer:

Black and minority ethnic communities
Loneliness/isolated groups
Long term conditions/disabilities
Older people
Substance use
Survivors of abuse
Young people

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