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Children’s charity celebrating Adoption Week Scotland 20 - 26 November: And busting myths about who can adopt

Release Date: 20/11/2017

Children’s charity Barnardo’s Scotland is supporting Scottish Adoption Week, running from 20 – 26 November, celebrating adoption in Scotland; raising awareness; dispelling myths and encouraging prospective parents to come forward.

The charity’s Adoption Placement Service, launched in the Scottish Parliament six years ago, has helped many children and young people find a loving home and family. And six years on the message from the charity remains the same, we still need families to come forward to give children and young people who need and deserve adoptive families.

Sue Brunton, Barnardo’s Scotland’s recently appointed Assistant Director for Family Placement, said:

One of the proudest moments so far in my role has been hearing the positive feedback from our adopters about our support, diversity and inclusiveness.*

However the phrase, ‘despite not fitting the outdated stereotypical image of adopters’ made me think, to truly celebrate adoption and the unique opportunity that it offers some of our most vulnerable children, we must first bust some of the myths that still surround adoption, perceived barriers that may stop people becoming adopters.

All this week through social media and roadshows Barnardo’s Scotland will be busting the myths about who can adopt. So what are the most common myths about who can and cannot adopt?

Single people can adopt – TRUE

LGBTQ people can adopt – TRUE

There is no upper age limit for adopters – TRUE

You do not need to be earning a minimum income to adopt – TRUE

You can adopt if you have birth children – TRUE

Only heterosexual married couples can adopt – FALSE

I’m over 40 I’m too old to consider adopting – FALSE

We’re in a same-sex marriage we won’t be able to adopt – FALSE

If you want to find out more about adopting with Barnardo’s Scotland the charity is holding information stalls at Adoption Roadshows in the Central Library, Aberdeen on 20 November at 1600 to 1900 and at Renfield St Stephens Centre Glasgow on Wednesday 22 November from 1600 to 1900.

To register your attendance at either event visit

Or you can make an enquiry through Barnardo’s Scotland’s website by following this link


Note to editors:

* Care Inspection reporting feedback from Barnardo’s Scotland adopters: “Barnardo's Scotland really embraced diversity and they felt valued and welcoming into the adoption process, despite not fitting the outdated stereotypical image of adopters.” - quote from inspection report 2017.

Barnardo’s Adoption Services (Head Office)

Academy Park

Gower Street


G51 1PR

Contact 0141 419 4700. Office hours are Monday to Friday, 9:00 - 17:00.

Barnardo’s Adoption Services (East)

Birch House  

10 Bankhead Crossway South


EH11 4EP

Barnardo’s Adoption Services (North)

20 Carden Place


AB10 1UQ

Barnardo’s Scotland has more than 100 shops in Scotland and works with more than 26,500 children and young people in over 122 specialised community-based services across Scotland.  Our work includes: fostering and adoption services and support; helping children break free from sexual exploitation; supporting young carers; helping young people in to employment and helping children living in poverty.   

Visit to find out how you can get involved and show you believe in children. Twitter: @BarnardosScot Facebook: Barnardo’s Scotland

Media enquiries:

If you would like to attend please contact Katrina Slater media office – Barnardo’s Scotland; telephone 0131 446 7022 or 020 8 498 7555 (24 hours) email

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