Adoption rates of children in care rose by 15% in 2012 but “more needs to be done”26 September 2013
New statistics show that 3,980 children were adopted between April 2012 and March 2013, up from 3,470 the previous year. This is higher than in any year since 1992, when comparable records began.
First4Adoption welcomes this announcement but agrees with Children and Families Minister, Edward Timpson that more work still needs to be done. He says:
“It is hugely encouraging that the number of children adopted from care has risen to the highest level yet – but too many children are still waiting too long for stable, loving homes.
“More needs to be done to recruit adoptive parents. That’s why we have made the £150 million Adoption Reform Grant available for local authorities to spend on recruitment reform, and this summer I gave voluntary adoption agencies a further £16 million to expand and recruit more adoptive parents. I hope to see this funding deliver results.”
In February 2011, the government issued new guidance for local authorities making clear adoption should be considered as an option for more children. This summer they also announced a new Adoption Support Fund to help adopters to access therapeutic support for their children.
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