Being in existence since 1955, St Margarets have worked with many birth mothers over the years who have placed their children for adoption. Our experience tells us that for many birth parents who relinquished their babies, they felt that they had no other choice at the time, whether this be due to the stigma of being an unmarried mother, lack of financial support or the influence of their families. Many birth parents spend many years with feelings guilt, wondering whether they made the right decision and whether their child was given the happy life that they had hoped for.
At St Margaret's we provide support to any birth parent who has placed a child for adoption through the agency, regardless of how long ago this may have been. For some birth parents they simply need the opportunity to speak independently about their experience or perhaps look to clarify their memories of the situation at the time. For other birth parents they are keen to find out whether their birth child has ever tried to make contact with them or would be interested in hearing from them.
Our support service for birth parents provides you with the opportunity to meet with one of our Social Workers to talk through your feelings and what you hope to achieve. While we cannot provide any identifying information regarding your birth child, in some cases we can contact them on your behalf. The Social Worker will help you to think through all of the different scenarios you may face, for example, we may not be able to trace your birth child or they may not wish any contact. Regardless of the outcome, our Social Workers will provide you with a sensitive and confidential service at all stages.
We appreciate that as a birth mother it can be very daunting to contact the adoption agency with whom you placed your child many years ago. We would reassure you that all enquiries will be treated sensitively and in the strictest confidence. Should you be interested in finding out about our services for birth parents please contact the office and ask to speak to Duty Worker who will be happy to answer any questions you may have. You can can contact us here.
Some birth parents also wish to register on the Adoption Contact Register for Scotland. This is a register of adopted adults and birth parents who would welcome contact. You can find out more about the Adoption Contact Register by contacting:
21 Castle Street
Edinburgh , EH2 3DN
Telephone: 0131 225 6441