Number of children being adopted continues to decline

Latest government figures have shown that the number of children being adopted is continuing to fall. The ‘Adoption Leadership Board’ shows that there were 4,690 children adopted in 2015/16; compared to 5,360 in 2014/15 – a drop of 12%. The fall is a result of a reduction in the number of adoption placement orders being made. This is thought to stem from the ruling in 2013 that local authorities must provide evidence that all alternatives to adoption have been considered before applying for an adoption placement order.

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