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27% of children wait more than 18 months for adoption

Over a quarter of children wait more than 18 months for adoption, says Adoption Leadership Board

Published on 9th May 2018

More than a quarter of children waiting to be adopted have been waiting for more than 18 months, according to figures released by the Adoption Leadership Board.

There were 2,470 children waiting to be adopted at 31 March 2017 – a 7% increase from 31 December 2016 when there were 2,320 children waiting with a placement order not yet placed with an adoptive family. The figures also showed that 27% of children waiting at 31 March 2017 had been waiting 18 months or more.

There were 4,370 children adopted in 2016-17, said the ALB.

However, overall timeliness has improved, the ALB added: “The quarterly data suggests that the time taken between a child entering care and being placed with a family, for children who were adopted in 2016-17, was 15 months,” said the report.

The average time between placement order and match for children who were adopted in 2016-17 was six months, representing a two month improvement on 2015-16 when the average length of times was eight months.

Adopter timeliness for local authorities has also improved in 2016-17 as 34% of approvals made by local authorities were made within 6 months of registration, compared to 30% the previous year.

The number of families approved for adoption has decreased by 17% from 3,610 in 2015-16 to 2,980 in 2016-17.

 

Figures available here

 

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