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COVID-19 and adoption

Despite the challenges of the current restrictions due to COVID-19, we are continuing to assess and approve adopters for children who need families.

We have adapted how we work to help keep everyone involved safe, including changes to how we assess and prepare adopters. Some of these changes have allowed us to work more flexibly and reduce the time between your initial contact with our service and an adoption assessment beginning.

Prior to visit:

  • you will be contacted to ensure no-one in your household is self-isolating or has COVID symptoms
  • worker will wear appropriate PPE
  • the Adoption Preparation Groups are able to be delivered in person, subject to the changing COVID-19 situation

Throughout the months since the pandemic really began to have an impact on all of our lives, we have continued to make progress with adoption assessments for people we are already working with, continued to visit new potential adopters, and most importantly we have continued to move children from their fostering placements to live with new adoptive families.

Need for adopters

There continues to be a need for adopters for children from East Ayrshire and across Scotland, who are unable to live with their birth families. We are particularly interested to hear from people who feel they may be able to adopt more than one child from the same family.

Adoption is a legal, permanent, life changing experience for all involved. As an adoptive parent, you can provide a child or children with a new home, a new family and a brighter future.

Once an adoption order has been granted, full parental rights and responsibilities relating to the child pass to the adoptive parent/s. Adopted children have the same legal status and inheritance rights as birth children. Once an adoption order has been granted, it cannot be reversed unless there are exceptional circumstances involved.

Contact us on the details below or complete our enquiry form

Contact Information


Fostering and Adoption
Telephone: 0800 434 6633
Text 'Info - Adoption' or 'Info - Fostering' to 80039