Christmas Tree Festival

Scottish Adoption is proud to be taking part in this year’s Christmas Tree Festival in Edinburgh

Scottish Adoption is proud to be taking part in the Edinburgh Christmas Tree Festival. this is the 9th year the festival has been held at St Andrew’s and St George’s West in Edinburgh city centre. Our tree will be one of 40 Christmas trees lighting up St Andrew’s and St George’s West sanctuary, each telling a different story. The Festival runs throughout Advent and brings together businesses, charities, church and city, offering space for everyone to reflect, celebrate and wonder.

The theme for our Christmas Tree will be ‘Adopted Voices’ carrying on the theme from the Adopted Voices Conference which our adopted young people helped organise as part of Adoption Week Scotland. We are encouraging everyone to write on one of the decorations what ‘Adoption means to you’ whether you have a connection to adoption or not.

When and where? 

The festival will run from the 8th until the 24th of December at St Andrew’s and St George’s West in George Street. Monday-Saturday 10-6pm, Thursdays late until 9pm.

Do visit, leave a decoration, take a photo and post it on our twitter and facebook pages, we would love to see them!

Duck Race Winners!

The Scottish Adoption Duck Race 2018 has been our biggest race so far!

The Scottish Adoption Duck Race took place on place on Friday 25th May on the Water of Leith starting in Stockbridge and we have our list of winners! 268 Ducks were sold which raised £1340 for our Young Person’s group.

The winning duck numbers and prizes allocated are:

Duck Number 46Fee Dickson Painting  –

Duck Number 43 –  Two Tickets (one adult and one child) to an English Premier League Fixture for season 18/19. Tickets will likely be to Manchester United, Manchester City or Newcastle United. Donated by Alan Dey from PE5 Sports Tours

Duck Number 217 – A gorgeous wee Highland Cow from Between the Woods and Sea –

Duck Number 82 – Lorena Peressini has donated a voucher for 1 night bed & breakfast at Seaholm Bed and Breakfast in North Berwick! You will enjoy a lovely seaview room with a bottle of Prosecco on arrival –

Duck Number 228 – Helen Bonnar from the Gullane After School Club has donated one week, yes that is correct, one week of free childcare at their Summer Holiday Club which runs from 16th July to the 9th August for a family of up to 2 children aged between 4 and 12.

Duck Number 180 – £50 voucher donated by Claudia Wellwood which can be used for one of her lovely unique illustration from 

Duck Number 96 – £40 voucher for Carse Makes, visit Fiona’s facebook page for details of her lovely work.

DuckNumber 255 – Family Pass on the Lothian Buses City Sightseeing Tours.

Duck Number 2 – 2 Day passes to M&D’s Scotland’s Theme Park near Motherwell.

Duck Number 121 – A Personal Training Session by Ryan Ramsay plus 5 day passes to the Pure Gym in Ocean Terminal

Duck Number 171 – 5 day passes to the Pure Gym in Ocean Terminal

Duck Number 150 – A face painting Session from Karen Ballingham. Perfect for Birthday Parties!

Duck Number 64 – Bottle of Eden Mill Gin donated by Karen Cameron from the band Obsession

Duck Number 201 – Bottle of Glenturret Higland Single Malt Whisky donated by Maurice Gallagher.

Duck Number 35 – Bottle of red wine donated by Maurice Gallagher

Duck Number 12 – Bottle of red wne donated by Maurice Gallagher

Duck Number 177 – Bottle of red wine donated by Jane McLardie.

Duck Number 85 – Bottle of white wine donated by Jane McLardie.

A huge thank you to everyone who donated a prize and to those who bought a duck, your generosity has helped the Scottish Adoption Duck Race 2018 be our biggest duck race yet, raising more this year than all the previous years! Thank you!

Children’s Lottery Award

Scottish Adoption has been awarded a £16,000 grant from the Scottish Children’s Lottery.

Scottish Adoption has been awarded a £16,000 grant from the Scottish Children’s Lottery. The grant will allow Scottish Adoption to continue to support anyone affected by adoption – be it children, birth families, prospective adopters, adoptive parents and adults who were adopted as children.

As an agency we aim to find loving families for 45 to 50 children every year, most of whom have suffered from abuse, neglect or early trauma. We also run a Therapy Centre which is unique to Scottish Adoption. The Therpay Centre helps children manage their feelings and behaviours, while giving parents the skills and tools they need to help their children to heal from early trauma.

Margaret Moyes, Chief Executive of Scottish Adoption, said: “We are absolutely delighted with funding from the Scottish Children’s Lottery.  This gives us a better opportunity to help adopted children at the earliest age and stage possible, giving them the best chance to go on to lead happier and more stable lives.”

The Scottish Children’s Lottery was launched in October 2016 to raise money for children in Scotland, with proceeds helping to improve the lives of children right across the country and make a real difference to those who need it most.

Dame Anne Begg is trustee of Chance to Flourish which operates as a society lottery under the Scottish Children’s Lottery. Chance to Flourish supports projects that work within the area of social development of pre-school children and their families and carers, making a positive difference to children’s lives in their early years.

Dame Anne Begg said: “I am delighted that we are able to provide funding for Scottish Adoption from the monies generated from the Scottish Children’s Lottery, which was established to promote and support the development and potential of children and young people in Scotland. “Thank you to those who play the Scottish Children’s Lottery; you are helping to support the great work that our charities undertake.”

Charities that support children in Scotland can apply online for Scottish Children’s Lottery funding.

Picture shows (L-R): Kathryn Scorgie, Margaret Moyes, Hugo Allan (Chair of the Board of Trustees), Kirstie Maclean (Trustee), Alison Hanlon, Sheila Jackson (Trustee), Nicky Pritchett-Brown (Trustee) and Lucy Metcalf (Trustee) from Scottish Adoption.

Caring for Vulnerable Children

Free online Caring for Vulnerable Children workshop available to Scottish Adoption Adopters.

CELCIS and Future Learn are running another MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) which will help you explore and develop an understanding of the approaches involved in caring for vulnerable children.

In times of austerity and shrinking public services, the task of identifying and caring for vulnerable children has never been more challenging.

Now in its 8th run, almost 60,000 people, from 163 countries have taken part in this free online course so far. Follow snapshots of Billy’s story, where the theory is linked to the reality of the world.

In this free online course, we’ll help you explore some of the issues involved in undertaking this task. We’ll consider:

  • What we mean by risk and vulnerability
  • How we define parenting
  • How children grow and develop
  • How we can provide children with security through meaningful relationships and attachments

Who should take this course?

It’s suitable for anyone who may come into contact with children who are vulnerable, such as:

  • Children’s Panel members
  • Social workers
  • Teachers
  • Nurses
  • Foster carers
  • Childminders
  • Social care workers
  • Those considering, going through, or have already adopted a child
  • Anyone with an interest in this area

No special software is required and the course is accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop.

The Caring for Vulnerable Children MOOC is delivered through FutureLearn in partnership with the University of Strathclyde and CELCIS.

For more information about the course and to book your free place click here

Adoption Information Dog Walk

Second Adoption Information Dog Wallk hailed a huge success.

After the snow made us postpone our Adoption Information Dog Walk as part of LGBT Adoption week, we had rescheduled and on a beautiful, sunny and clear Sunday morning we finally met up at Beecraig’s Country Park. These dog walks are organised for prospective adopters who are interested in finding out more about the adoption process from our experienced adopters all while walking their dogs and with more adoptive families, prospective adopters and dogs turning up than in previous dog walks, the morning was off to a great start!

After introductions were made and bags of doggy treats handed out, lovingly baked by the Bad Tempered Baker, we headed off down the hill from the visitor centre and headed into the woods where the dogs were free to be let off their leads. Sticks and balls were thrown and muddy puddles were found where most dogs enjoyed a roll about in the mud much to the annoyance of some dog owners. Once we were back at the visitor centre everyone was able to chat and share stories about their adoption journey while we got warmed up with cups of tea and coffee and tasty bacon rolls provided by Paul and his helpful team.

One attendee mentioned to us that this dog walk ticked lots of boxes for them, as an LGBT prospective adopter who owns two dogs, that they couldn’t not come along and meet everyone. This was great to hear and made us more committed to continue to be the innovative and creative Adoption Agency that we are.

Glasgow Pride

Scottish Adoption attended Glasgow Pride and took part in their first ever Pride March!

Scottish Adoption were chosen as the Charity Partner for Glasgow Pride 2017 and with the theme for Pride being #ProudFamilies, was something that we were proud to be part of. Taking part in our first ever Pride Event meant we were able to take part in our first ever Pride March which meant we could reach a much wider audience as we marched our way through the streets of Glasgow.

The two day event started on the Saturday with the Pride March through the centre of Glasgow. The Scottish Adoption team, made up of adopted families and their children, staff and supporters, were part of a 7000 strong crowd who marched through the city. One gay dad who marched with Scottish Adoption commented about how humbled he felt with all the support Scottish Adoption were getting from the people who had lined the street. He added that he was welling up at moments during the parade because the support for being a gay adopter from the crowds was overwhelming.

After the march Scottish Adoption had set up camp in the Expo area where lots of other organisations and charities had set up stalls. Everyone who came along to the Scottish Adoption stall heard all about the adoption process as well as hearing about the work the After Adoption team do, the support they give to adopters, children as well as other family members affected by adoption.

Messages of suport come in from Ruth Davidson and Patrick Harvie wishing Scottish Adoption all the best on our first Pride March.



Day two and Leasa and Dave were back for another day of sharing the world of Adoption with the LGBTQI Community. They were joined by a very special guest, the latest addition to the Scottish Adoption family, Reiver. Reiver attracted more people to the stall so it was another busy day sharing information, getting cuddles, belly rubs and licks.

Scottish Adoption were extremely proud to have been asked to take part in this year’s Glasgow Pride. Having worked with the LGBTQI Community for many years, Scottish Adoption have become the number one agency in Scotland for placing children with LGBTQI families and it is a relationship that will continue to grow and that Scottish Adoption will continue to support. #BraveEveryday #PrideFamilies #ProudFamilies #LGBTAdoption