Adoption

Getting it right for each and every child in Scotland in need of care and protection is at the heart of CELCIS's permanence improvement and trauma informed work.

We recognise that what ‘getting it right’ looks like is unique to each child’s developmental needs and personal family circumstances, and our PACE work centres on developing practice and improvement around permanence decision making.

For a small number of children permanence means legal adoption which is a deeply significant lifelong decision. Adoption practice demands sensitive holistic assessment, building relationships of trust and lifelong child development informed support for everyone involved, including the child, their parents, their brothers and sisters, practitioners and prospective adoptive families.

Aileen Nicol, Head of Improving Protection and Permanence at CELCIS, is Chair of the national Adoption Task Force, which aims to enable and support the development of best adoptive practice for all concerned. More information on the Task Force is available at the link below.

Read more about the Adoption Task Force


Resources

The latest evaluation and research in to adoption has produced a wide variety of reports, articles and statistics. These include: 

Adoption Week Scotland 2019 Practitioner Workshop

Watch the presentations


Mapping adoption support in Scotland - Part 1 - Initial findings

Read the findings

Mapping adoption support in Scotland - Part 2 - Guide to support services

Learn more

Adoption and permanence planning in Scotland

Read the article

Adoption barometer report 2021

Read the report

CELCIS publications

CELCIS's commitment to keeping The Promise

Learn more about CELCIS’s response and our offer to work in collaboration with The Promise and those working to support children, young people and the…

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CELCIS's commitment to keeping The Promise

Learn more about CELCIS’s response and our offer to work in collaboration with The Promise and those working to support children, young people and the…

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More than a promise: the imperative to make change happen

Claire Burns, Director (Acting), CELCIS – Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection, marks the first anniversary of The Promise.