The latest adoption figures from DfE statistics - a statement from BAAF

Issue date: 28/09/2011
Statement from the British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF) regarding the latest Adoption figures from DfE statistics “Children Looked After by Local Authorities in England (including adoption and care leavers) - year ending 31 March 2011” The British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF) notes the latest Government statistics reporting the number of children adopted from care in England during the period 1 April 2010 – 31 March 2011. BAAF is disappointed that the latest figures show a further decline in adoption from care. However, it is important to note that these statistics reflect adoption orders. Those are orders that are granted at the very end of the adoption process once a child has already been living with its adoptive parents for some time and has had time to settle. As such they do not give an up to date picture of current adoption activity. All the indicators are that adoption activity is increasing. As a result we remain optimistic and expect adoptions from care to increase over the next two years. The need to find new adoptive families for children currently waiting for adoption, remains acute. In particular we desperately need people to come forward who want to adopt older children, sibling groups or children with disabilities or other special needs. During this year’s National Adoption Week (31 October – 6 November) we will be encouraging more people to consider whether they could provide a child waiting for adoption with a stable and secure family for life. BAAF’s message remains the same: adoption works for children – it must be available for every child for whom it is the right plan.