If you, or someone you know, have been affected by Nicole's story in River City, the following organisations can help:

British Association For Adoption & Fostering

The British Association For Adoption & Fostering (BAAF) is one of the UK’s leading charities for children in care, working with everyone involved with adoption and fostering across the UK and providing services to meet the needs of some of the UK’s most vulnerable children and young people.

Scottish advice line: 0131 226 9270

Email: scotland@baaf.org.uk

Visit the BAAF site

Adoption UK

Adoption UK is a national charity run by and for adopters, providing self-help information, advice, support and training on all aspects of adoption and adoptive parenting.

It works with parents and practitioners to make adoptions succeed, promoting loving and supportive family relationships within adoptive families.

Adoption UK Helpline: 0844 848 7900

Visit the Adoption UK site

Barnardo's

Barnardo's has more than 100 years' experience of fostering and can offer help and support to someone trying to trace their birth family.

It also operates fostering and adoption agencies and recruits a wide range of foster carers from across the UK.

Phone: 0800 0277 280

Visit the Barnardo's Scotland adoption site

Scottish Adoption

Scottish Adoption can offer advice and support in relation to any aspect of adoption for those living in Edinburgh, West Lothian, East Lothian and Midlothian.

Information about the range of services is available at the Scottish Adoption site - or you can phone 0131 553 5060.

CHILDREN 1st

CHILDREN 1st has been working for 130 years to support vulnerable children and families in Scotland.

Its services include ParentLine Scotland, a national, confidential helpline and email service for anyone caring for, or concerned about a child providing information, support and advice on a wide range of problems, big or small.

Helpline: 08000 282233

Email: parentlinescotland@children1st.org.uk

Visit the CHILDREN 1st site

Meningitis Now

Meningitis Now is a charity with almost 30 years’ experience.

It exists to save lives and rebuild futures by funding research, raising awareness and providing support through its 24-hour nurse-led helpline (0808 80 10 388), family days, counselling, art, play and music therapy, one-to-one contacts, financial grants and community support.

Visit the Meningitis Now site

Meningitis Research Foundation

The Meningitis Research Foundation funds research to prevent meningitis and septicaemia, and to improve survival rates and outcomes.

The foundation promotes education and awareness to reduce death and disability, and gives support to people affected via the helpline on 080 8800 3344

Visit the Meningitis Research Foundation site