Scottish Adoption
Scottish Adoption

Charity registered in Scotland SC012403

Scottish Adoption is an established voluntary sector provider of specialist adoption services. We have built our reputation on the delivery of high quality and innovative services based on best practise.

At Scottish Adoption we focus exclusively on delivering high quality, innovative services to all affected by adoption in Scotland and further afield. We are driven by the key principle that all children should be supported to grow up in safe, loving, caring and nurturing families and that everyone affected by adoption should be able to access a comprehensive and holistic range of adoption support services. Our services are driven by our belief in working in partnership, valuing diversity and treating individuals with respect.

We work with every aspect of the adoption triangle - adopted children, adopted families and birth families - and tailor services to meet individual need.

Current vacancies

Top job! Chief Executive

  • Full time
  • £60,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 5th November 2021

Scottish Adoption delivers high quality placement and adoption support services. The bulk of our services are delivered across Edinburgh and the Lothians, although we work with Local Authorities from across Scotland and other parts of the UK. We are an ambitious organisation with strong governance. In recent years we have undertaken a journey of incremental growth, combined with launching a number of adoption support initiatives including our sector leading Adoption Therapy Centre for Children.

Scottish Adoption is seeking a new Chief Executive who will be responsible for providing leadership, developing, and implementing Scottish Adoption's strategic and operational plans, partnership and being an effective advocate for the charity and the families it serves. You will lead and work with a team of 30 permanent staff and a pool of freelance staff. They will be responsible for ensuring financial control as well as supporting and advising on service delivery and maintaining good governance across all aspects of Scottish Adoption.

To be considered for the role you must meet the following criteria:

- Recognised social work qualification and registered with (or eligible to register with) the Scottish Social Services Council.

- Evidence of continuous professional development relevant to the role.

- Experience of leading people successfully through progressive development, innovation, and projects to deliver strategic development plans.

- Recognised as a highly professional and effective partner and communicator.

- Experience and proven success in leading a teams or significant projects/programmes which include budgets, people, and stakeholders.

- In depth knowledge and experience of managing Adoption and Fostering services.

For a confidential discussion contact Debbie Shields on 0141 212 7555.


Freelance Fundraiser

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Anywhere in Scotland
  • Closing 12th November 2021

Scottish Adoption delivers high quality, innovative services to everyone affected by adoption. Every year we place up to 50 children who can no longer live with their birth families with adoptive parents living within an hour’s drive from Edinburgh. These are some of society’s most vulnerable children who may have seen unthinkable things in their early years through abuse and neglect. Following placement, we provide post adoption support to strengthen these new family units, support parents and help the children to heal from their traumatic early experiences.

Scottish Adoption is looking to recruit a freelance fundraiser to build upon existing relationships with trusts and foundations and seek out new funding opportunities. The ideal candidate will have a strong track record of fundraising, ideally from a range of sources and particularly from trusts and foundations. They will have knowledge of the fundraising landscape and good research skills. An ability to share the stories of everyone affected by adoption in a way that moves people and gets across the value of the work we do is also essential. The candidate will also have strong interpersonal skills, be self-motivated and able to work independently.

A Job Description is available for download below.

Closed vacancies
This vacancy has now closed

Senior Practitioner (Adoption Support)

  • Part time
  • £37,425 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 2nd July 2021

Scottish Adoption is an established voluntary sector provider of specialist adoption services. We have built our reputation on the delivery of high quality and innovative services based on best practice.

We are looking for an experienced Social Worker with a current knowledge and understanding of attachment, developmental trauma and loss, lifestory work and therapeutic parenting who would like to specialise in supporting children, young people and parents, as part of our adoption support work.

We will provide a generous package of staff benefits including a Pension Scheme with Lothian Pension Fund, a Flexible Working Scheme and high-quality supervision, support and an individual training budget as well as organisational training opportunities.