The number of children who have been made the subject of placement orders but who have not yet found new families has fallen by more than a third, new government figures reveal.
Placement orders are sought by local authorities when vulnerable children in their region are taken into care. They give the authority permission to formally ‘place’ the child for adoption.
On December 31 last year, there were a total of 2,960 children in care with a placement order but no adoptive family yet located. In March last year, by contrast, there were a total of 4,680 children – meaning the total number fell by 37 per cent in just nine months.
The average number of day spent in care before a new adoptive family is found has also fallen. In the year to 2014, the average stood at 594 days, a significant drop from the previous year when the average stood at 656 days.
The figures were published by the government’s Adoption Leadership Board.
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