St Andrew’s Children’s Society is an independent adoption and foster care agency based in Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

St Andrew’s Children’s Society is an independent adoption and foster care agency with bases in Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

We have been helping families prepare to adopt since we first opened in Edinburgh in 1922. We now provide adoption and fostering services throughout the central belt and North-East Scotland and welcome adoption and fostering enquiries from all members of the community, including the LGBTQ+ community and single people, and all faiths.

Have you adopted or fostered a child/ren through St Andrew’s Children’s Society? Have you received adoption or fostering support from us?

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Find out how we can lead you right through your journey to becoming an adoptive parent.

Discover how you can become a foster carer through St Andrew’s Children’s Society.

Concurrent care explores the possibility of a baby or very young child being returned to his or her birth parents before adoption. Find out if it’s right for you.

Find out about the exceptional support we offer our families and what our families have to say about their experiences of adopting or fostering through us.

Take the next step now!

Complete an enquiry form today to take the first step on your journey to adopting or fostering a child. Alternatively please call 0131 454 3370 (Edinburgh) or 01224 878 158 (Aberdeen). Or send an email to and we’ll send you an enquiry form.

We’re also very happy to answer any questions you might have before you decide if you want to take the next step.

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Peter explains how adopting through St Andrew’s Children’s Society changed his life

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Nicola Sturgeon issues forced adoption apology

St. Andrew’s Children’s Society welcomes the statement made by the First Minister in the Scottish Parliament on 22nd March 2023.  

Having just reached the significant milestone of our Centenary Year in 2022, we have reflected on our work over these years with thousands of birth mothers and other birth family members to help them cope with the loss of a child through adoption.  It is clear from our records that many women as a result of pressures from their families and wider Society at the time, felt they had no choice but to have their child adopted.  This agency has always striven to show compassion to those that came to us for our help and, to this day we work with women to assist them to cope with the life-long, emotional impact of having a child adopted.

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