The number of children obtaining adoptive placements has improved by 14% over the last year, according to figures released by the government. Provisional figures illustrate that for 2013/14 5,210 children were placed with adoptive families, compared with 4,560 during 2012/13.
The latest data suggests that 6,160 were waiting to be placed at the end of March 2014, an improvement of around 11% from 6,890 for the same period of the previous year.
The average time it takes to adopt a child from the point when they are identified as having a plan for adoption has also improved from 658 days in 2012/13 to 581 in 2013/14 (on average), however this is still 34 days above the government’s threshold target.
The improvements come as the government continues its drive to make significant changes to the adoption system.
Children’s minister Edward Timpson said “Our plan to increase the number of approved adopters and children being adopted is working. We’re committed to doing all we can to see more children adopted which is why we’ve made the landmark changes – however with many children still waiting for a loving home there is no room for complacency”.
Measures introduced through the Children’s and Families Act this year – including access for prospective adopters to search the Adoption Register independently in addition to giving local authorities a duty to provide information on adoption support to adoptive parents and prospective candidates – are intended to ease the process for those coming forward, in turn reducing delays.
Blackpool Council Adoption Services offer comprehensive support from friendly and experienced workers throughout the adoption journey, both prior, during and after an adoptive placement. If you have any queries about the support we offer to adoptive families, or about any part of the adoption process, please do get in touch.
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