National Records of Scotland

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Vital Events - Adoptions

Vital Events - Adoptions

Statistics on adoptions can be found within the Vital Events Reference Tables section of this website.

Background Information

The documents in this section provide information which is specifically about the National Records of Scotland's (NRS's) statistics of Adoptions.

To view these papers in Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF), click on the appropriate link below. Maximum file size is 15 Kb

     The registration of Adoptions (PDF 12 Kb)

     The information which can be used to produce statistics of Adoptions (PDF 14 Kb)
     The Confidentiality of Information about Adoptions (PDF 15 Kb) 

Statistics for other parts of the United Kingdom (UK)

Further information for the rest of the UK can be found via the following links:

England & Wales

(Office for National Statistics website)


Northern Ireland (Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency website)

Adoptions and Registration


Figures for England & Wales and/or Northern Ireland may not always be on exactly the same basis as NRS's figures for Scotland: there can be differences in the coverage of what at first sight appear to be the same statistics.

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