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Adoption rate at highest since 1992

There were more adoptions in England last year than at any time since 1992, official figures reveal.

The Department for Education (DfE) announced that 5,050 ‘looked after children’ were adopted in 2014, which represents a 26 per cent increase on the previous year and a 58 per cent increase from 2010.

‘Looked after children’ are those who are subject to care orders, placement orders, or who have been “provided with accommodation for a continuous period for more than 24 hours”.

Education watchdog Ofsted suggested that the increase could be a result of “increased government emphasis on achieving permanence for children through adoption”.

They also reported that, out of the children put up for adoption along with their siblings, 77 per cent were placed together. While that number is high, it still reflects a drop from the previous year when 80 per cent of siblings remained together.

Last week, Conservative MP Edward Timpson gave a speech to the Centre for Adoption Support in which he said there are still thousands of children “waiting to be adopted”. The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families added that “although it’s a truism to say so, the only thing that’s going to change that is by recruiting more adopters”.

In addition to an increased adoption rate, the total number of looked after children rose to 68,840 last year, which is a one per cent increase on 2013. The DfE said that this number has been increasing steadily over the last five years. Of these children, five per cent more started to be looked after by a local authority for the first time than in the previous year. This brings the total of newly looked after children in England to 30,430.

To read the full DfE statistical release, click here.

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  1. NC says:

    i am sickened to have read so much today about children being taken away from there family’s just because social services have a target to meet as in if they do get the right amount of children up for adoption then they do not get founds I am ashamed to call my self British I myself am trying to get my nephew out of this system but am failing fast not because I’m incapable of tending to his needs or I’m incapable of giving him a loving caring home I have 3 children of my own and all three of them are perfectly fine so I’m not new to being a parent and giving my nephew what he needs iv had all the checks needed and it has been stated that I’m fully capable of providing him with what he needs but I’m not being put forward this is wrong on so many levels and needs to be looked into more iv never had anyone come to my home and see how I am with my own children I was sat in a room for 3 hours and asked questions after questions this is not seeing how I can cope with children or if my home is ok to have my nephew in I am disgusted with how iv been treated and I am even more disgusted at how little concern social services had in placing him in a family home when this is what all children have that right before they get snatched away from the people that love and care about them what is this world coming to when even children’s needs and rights ain’t being meet ????

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