More children waiting for adoption than adopters

3 May 2017
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A new report published this week by the Adoption Leadership Board reveals that there are more children currently entering the adoption system than adopters. Data gathered over the last 12 months shows that an average of 840 children are entering the system each quarter compared to 460 adopters.


This marks a significant change from the last 2 years when a reduction in the number of children granted adoption placement orders by the courts saw adopters significantly outnumbering children awaiting adoption.


An earlier report on adoption trends also reports that 580 children with placement orders have been waiting for 18 months or more since entering care and over 56% of children waiting are part of a sibling group.


Adoption Matters Chief Executive, Norman Goodwin, CBE commented: “This data reinforces the fact that there remains an urgent need to find suitable adopters to care for children with additional needs, sibling groups and children from a black or minority ethnic backgrounds as they are the children who wait the longest.


Adoption Matters have a proven track record of finding families for children who fall into one or more of these categories. Last year 49% of the children we placed were part of a sibling group of 2 or 3 children.  We offer ongoing support and training to all our families, their extended families and their children’s schools through our Centre for Adoption Support which makes a huge difference to our adoptive families lives.”


If you would like more information about adopting a child or sibling group, please download our information pack by visiting: or call us free on 0300 123 1066 for a friendly, informal chat.


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