Renfrewshire Council

Adoption and the law

The legislation that affects a child's legal status before adoption.

In Scotland, the legal status of children prior to adoption may depend on a variety of pieces of legislation.

  • Section 25 of the Children's (Scotland) Act 1995 - where we have been asked by the birth parent to place a child for adoption, the child may be 'looked after and accommodated' on a voluntary basis by the local authority. 

  • Section 83 of the Children's Hearing (Scotland Act) 2011 - where a child is subject to a supervision requirement made by the Children's Panel, the child will be under supervision of the local authority. 

Adoption law in Scotland is currently governed by the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007.

"Although we suffered a setback during the matching process when things fell through, we were again well supported by Anne who handled things sensitively. We ended up being perfectly matched with a baby boy who is an absolute joy and we love being a Mummy and Daddy!" - Barry and Lynn, adoptive parents.