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New Figures Show Increase in Adoption Rates

Published: 13 December 2013

According to figures found in a recent Ofsted report, the number of adoptions between 1st April 2012 and 31st March 2013 stood at 3,782. This was 9.6% higher than the previous year, representing an increase of 332.

Increasing adoption rates and moving more children out of care and into loving homes is one of the government's key ambitions, with Prime Minister David Cameron expressing his support for this initiative.  While the rate of growth in the number of adoptions is progressing at a slightly slower rate than expected, the numbers are still rising, with around 332 more children being successfully placed into homes.

Overall, last year there were 27,080 inquiries made about becoming an adopter, with one in five of these leading to an application. This led to a total of 4,093 approvals, which represents a 34% increase over  the previous year.

Ofsted's report gathered information from all local authorities, of which there are 152 altogether, as well as from 32 Voluntary Adoption Agencies (VAAs). It revealed that 4,682 children were still waiting to be placed with a family out of the 10,177 eligible children in the country.

Overall, the report contained mostly good news, according to the British Association for Adoption and Fostering's deputy chief executive Alan Wood. There was a 40% increase in sibling groups successfully placed for adoption but 18% of siblings were not placed together, a figure unchanged from last year.

Another positive finding of the report was an increase in the number of families approved for adoption. Overall, this figure grew by 18% from 4,263 to 5,011. 84% of these approvals came from local authorities, and 16% from VAAs. Of these families, 55% had children placed with them and a further 7% were matched to children. The remaining 38% were still awaiting a match.

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