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What does our data tell us about what is happening in the adoption system?

The view of the Adoption Leadership Board


December 2017

The Adoption Leadership Board has published a paper summarising recent adoption data. These trends negate the idea that there is a decline in adoption, and suggest that the sector is facing an insufficiency of adopters.

Andrew Christie, ALB Chair, said:

“For too long now there has been a belief that adoption is in decline and fewer children need to be placed. This is not the case. The number of children adopted has been higher over the last five years than at any other point in the last. There are still high numbers of children in the system who need to be adopted.”