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Historical Adoption Trauma Support Service

We know that there were practices in place in Scotland around the time of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s which resulted in new-born babies being unnecessarily taken away from unmarried mothers and placed for adoption, without any regard to the mothers and children’s own needs or wishes. People who experienced this have reported the long-lasting impacts on their health and wellbeing.

Women, sons and daughters across the country have shared their own personal stories and now The Scottish Government is opening up conversations to hear from more people affected and to ensure they are able to access support.

Historical adoption Questionnaire

An online questionnaire has been created to invite views from anyone who has been affected by historical adoption in Scotland, and who may also wish to take the opportunity to share their story so that The Scottish Government can continue to learn and understand about the support that is needed now and in the future. They have developed a questionnaire to gather people’s experiences which will be available from 26 January 2022

More information can be found on The Scottish Government website. 


Experiences with historical adoption are sensitive and can be upsetting. For some, who may have experienced trauma, the impacts can be long term.

We're providing a dedicated helpline in collaboration with The Scottish Government for people who are considering or participating in the engagement activity.

Our staff have particular knowledge and understanding about trauma and its impacts, including mental wellbeing.

You can phone and speak to someone on 07741743971.

The helpline is open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 10am to 3pm.

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