FAQS

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Am I too old?

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There is often a misconception that people are too old to adopt.  There is no specific upper age limit, however, legally you do need to be at least 21 years old.  There are many children of different ages who are waiting for families and we therefore require many families of different ages and with different skills and experience.  Age is just one factor.  What is more important is that you are fit, active and can offer a child the love, stability and patience that they require.

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How long does it take?

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There is no specific timescale.  There are a number of steps in the process and timescales may be different for each family.  Typically, once you have attended preparation groups your home study assessment will take around 6 months.  It is after this time that we can begin to look for the right children for you.  Your worker will keep you updated on your individual timescales during your home study.

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How do I apply to adopt?

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Full details of the adoption process can be found in our Interested in Adoption Section.  If you are interested in adopting please contact our office and ask to speak to the duty worker.  They will take your details and arrange for a worker to call and see you to begin the process.

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Can we adopt a baby?

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Adoption has changed over the years and there are now very few relinquished babies (those who are voluntarily placed for adoption by their birth parents).  There are still some babies or very young children placed for adoption.  To be considered for the adoption of a baby we would normally ask that at least one adopter is aged 40 or below.  At St Margarets we do not assess families solely for the purpose of adopting a baby.  We would therefore ask that you can consider adopting a child up to age 5 years.

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Where do the children being placed for adoption come from?

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Very occasionally at St Margaret’s we may have a relinquished baby, whereby the birth parent wishes to place the child for adoption.  However, the majority of children are placed for adoption as Social Work Services and the court system have deemed that their birth parents cannot provide them with the love, care and protection that they require.  Children have therefore often had difficult starts and could have experience of a number of issues such as parental substance, domestic violence

At St Margarets we work local authorities throughout the United Kingdom.  The children being placed can therefore come from any area in the UK.

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Can I adopt a child from overseas?

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We do not cover overseas adoption at St Margaret's.  Any children placed through our agency are from the United Kingdom.  If you are interested in adopting from overseas your Local Authority should be able to give you information.

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I was adopted through St Margarets. How do I find out about my adoption?

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We offer a service to adults who were adopted through St Margarets.  We hold a file for every child who has ever been adopted through our agency.  Many people contact us looking to access information from their file.  We also offer support for adopted adults who wish to trace their birth family.  This service is free of charge.  Full details of our service can be found in our Services for Adopted Adults Section.

Should you wish to access this service please contact our office and ask to speak with our duty worker who will talk you through the process and take your initial referral.

You may also be interested in accessing the court records relating to your adoption.  This can be done by contacting:

The National Records of Scotland Adoption Unit
Room 3
General Register House
2 Princes Street
Edinburgh
EH1 3YY
Telephone: 0131 535 1355 or 1383 or 1376
E-mail Adoption@gro-scotland.gsi.gov.uk or adoptions@nas.gov.uk
http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/regscot/adoption.html

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I placed my baby for adoption many years ago. Can I make contact with him / her?

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If your baby was placed for adoption through St Margarets then we offer a service where we can try and make contact with them on your behalf (as long as they are now as they are now in adulthood).  This can be a difficult process as not all adopted people feel the need to have contact with their birth families.  In other cases we are not always able to trace the person.  Should be interested in this service, you will be allocated a Social Worker who will support you through this process.

This service is free of charge.  Full details can be found in our Services for Birth Parents section.

You may also wish to consider registering on the Adoption Contact for Scotland.  For further details please contact:

Birthlink
21 Castle Street
Edinburgh , EH2 3DN

Telephone: 0131 225 6441
www.birthlink.org.uk