Newly published government statistics show a sharp decline the number of children being placed for adoption.
According to the Department for Education bulletin, the number of children placed with prospective adopters once in the care system fell by 15 per cent in the year to March. Meanwhile, the number of youngsters for whom a placement order has been issued dropped by a quarter (24 per cent) over the same period.
Javed Khan, Chief Executive of children’s charity Barnardo’s, said he was dismayed by the statistics.
“We are deeply concerned about the drastic 24% fall in the number of children being put forward for adoption. It’s crucial that local authorities don’t shy away from acting decisively on adoption. These can be tough decisions but the best interests of vulnerable children must be put first.”
If the fall in adoption numbers continues unchecked, a “real crisis” could occur, he claimed, with children stuck in limbo or “even missing out completely on the chance of growing up in their own loving, safe and supportive family.”
The bulletin can be read in full here.