ADOPTED young people will share their stories as part of this year’s Adoption Week Scotland, which begins on Monday.

About a dozen youngsters poetry and short stories to Deputy First Minister John Swinney at Edinburgh’s Scottish Poetry Library on Tuesday. The Scottish Poetry Storytelling event, has been organised by Adoption UK Scotland and Adoption and Fostering Alliance (AFA) Scotland.

It will also give the young people – including Ruby, 13, pictured, to meet Swinney and share with him their experiences of being in care. Fiona Aitken, director of Adoption UK Scotland, said: “This group of young people sharing their stories and thoughts, in their own words, possibly for the first time, will be the highlight of Adoption Week Scotland.

“Storytelling can be an important therapeutic tool to benefit our children.”