Adoption today: a consideration of adoption within the Scottish care and permanence system, and the challenges faced by children and families

Fiona Aitken

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Abstract

Adoption is the process where parental responsibilities and rights of a child are permanently transferred to another parent or parents. Legally introduced in Scotland in 1930, the process and legal context has changed and evolved over time, along with the nature and needs of children and families involved. This article establishes the unique position of adoption today with the Scottish care system, identifying the various needs that children and families can present with, and some of the challenges that they face in accessing support services. Taking into consideration Scottish adoption statistics and research relating to outcomes and needs of families and adopted children, it aims to raise awareness and understanding of adoption today in Scotland.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
JournalScottish Journal of Residential Child Care
Volume18
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jun 2019

Keywords

  • adoption
  • fostering
  • care experienced children
  • residential child care

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