Our use of cookies

Some cookies used are essential to providing a service, while others help us improve your experience and provide us with insights into how the site is being used.

For more detailed information about the cookies we use, see our Cookies page.

Cookie preferences


Help a Child Belong

Fill in the enquiry form and we’ll get in touch or call 03451 55 55 55 ext. 471074 to speak to a member of the team.

Enquiry Form 

Offering a child a home for life is one of the biggest and most life-changing decisions you can make. We understand that the decision to adopt is not simple and that getting the right advice and information is very important. Fife Council’s Adoption Team are here to help answer your questions so that you are fully informed before you begin the adoption process.

Who can adopt?

We are looking for a wide range of people: single, couples in a relationship, people who have children of their own, people who rent or own their home. You can be any gender or sexual orientation but must be over 21 years old to apply. We are looking for people with a variety of skills and experiences who can meet each child’s needs.

Adoption is a life-long decision where a child becomes part of your family, giving you the same legal rights as birth parents. By choosing to adopt you are offering a child a stable, secure and loving permanent home.

We have no age limits and you may think you’re too old but having more life experience can be an advantage. Older adopters may consider taking on the special challenge and rewards of adopting an older child. They may have more general experience of handling difficult situations which is a benefit when parenting older children.

If you are interested in adopting with Fife Council we ask that you should have stopped smoking or vaping for the last 6 months and have a spare bedroom.

Adopt with Fife Council

We’re looking for people with a variety of skills and experiences who can meet each child’s needs and form lasting bonds. We want to make the best decision for the child so we need adopters from many different backgrounds. We’re especially keen to speak to people who would consider adopting sibling groups and older children.

Adoption process step by step

Further information

Call the Adoption Team Duty worker on 03451 555 555 ext 471074. This line is open 9-5pm Monday to Friday and has a voicemail out with these times or email us at

Other useful contacts:

Adoption in Scotland -

This website was funded by the Scottish Government has been developed by Adoption UK in Scotland, Adoption and Fostering Alliance Scotland and Scotland’s Adoption Register

Adoption Fostering Alliance Scotland

14 Links Place

0131 322 8490

Adoption UK

Gf2 Rooms 3 and 4
Great Michael House
14 Links Place
Edinburgh EH6 7EZ

Office: 0131 202 3670, open Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm

Scottish Government

Intercountry Adoption Team
Area 2a (N)
Victoria Quay

0131 244 0722