Adoptions fall to record low

Post new topic   Reply to topic

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Adoptions fall to record low

Post by Guest on Wed Jul 27, 2011 6:42 pm

The number of children being adopted in England and Wales has fallen to its lowest level on record, according to official figures.


By the time a child is four years old they already have a far lesser chance of being adopted than a baby Photo: ALAMY

Last year, 4,472 adoptions were recorded in England and Wales, a decline of 4.1 per cent since 2009, the Office for National Statistics said. The figures showed most of the children adopted were under the age of five, while an increasing proportion were born outside marriage. The overall number was the lowest since figures for court adoption orders were first recorded in 1997.

Anne Marie Carrie, chief executive of Barnardo’s, said social workers must be “braver” and should “act fast” to place children with a new permanent family if their birth parents clearly cannot cope.

“Yet another consecutive drop in adoption rates is very disappointing, not least for the 1,000 children each year who are never found an adoptive family,” she said. “By the time a child is four years old they already have a far lesser chance of being adopted than a baby.”

The figures showed that 80 per cent of children adopted in 2010 were born outside marriage, compared with 69 per cent in 2000. Almost 60 per cent of children who were adopted during the year were aged between one and four, up from 41 per cent in 2000.

Ministers have called for more children to be put up for adoption instead of being left in council care.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/family/8666241/Adoptions-fall-to-record-low.html

Sad news Sad

I very much admire those who adopt, particularly older children who may have been through a terrible time. I couldn't do it. It takes a special kind of person I love you



Guest
Guest


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top

- Similar topics

Post new topic   Reply to topic
 
Permissions in this forum:
You can reply to topics in this forum