Adoption

_MG_5351It is not always possible for children to be brought up by their parents or within their birth family. Children need to be brought up in homes where they are loved and know they are loved, and where their care needs are met. Adoption is positive way to meet the needs of many children.

There is a lot of video through the following link which talks about how adoption is a success for children. There are also pieces which talk about the challenges in finding the right families for children.

Link to YouTube channel on Adoption and Fostering including videos from BAAF and Be My Parent

The Law Society Children Panel

Whether you are thinking about a step parent adoption, or adopting a child from Care, or Social Services have become involved with your family, it is sensible to get good advice at an early stage.

The Law Society Children Law Accreditation Scheme (or Law Society Children Panel) covers all types of children law work including issues around Adoption; “Members will have shown, to the satisfaction of the Law Society, that they have and will maintain a high level of knowledge, skills, experience and practice in the area of children law, be that in private practice or working for a local authority.”

Membership has to be renewed every five years and the number of members is relatively small.

Ian Walker has been a member of the Law Society Children Panel since 1996.

Some Statistics on Adoption

In recent years there has been a real effort to encourage adoption, particularly of children who have entered the Care system.

Figures from the Adopted Children Register

Figures from the Adopted Children Register Adoption(ACR) show 5,206 adoptions were entered into following court orders made in England (4,835) and Wales (371) during 2012 This is an increase of 9.8% on the 4,740 adoptions entered in 2011.

Figures on the ACR include adoptions by relatives and step–parents as well as adoptions from care.

Statistics are available from the Office of National Statistics and BAAF

Other Statistics are available from the Office of National Statistics and BAAF

Here are the most recent statistics published on the Website of BAAF or British Association for Adoption & Fostering.

And here is the  statistical data from the Office of National Statistics from September 2013; ONS Publication Sept 2013 including statistics on adoption

Adoptions from Care

3,980 children were adopted from care during the year ending 31st March 2013, compared to 3,470 in 2012.

Gender

51% (2,010) of children adopted during the year ending 31st March 2013 were boys and 49% (1,970) were girls.

Age

The average age at adoption in the year ending 31st March 2013 was 3 years 8 months

  • 2% (90) of children adopted during the year ending 31st March 2013 were under 1 year old
  • 74% (2,960) were aged between 1 and 4 years old
  • 21% (850) were aged between 5 and 9 years old
  • 2% (70) were aged between 10 and 15 years old
  • <1% (10) were aged 16 and over

Adopters

90% (3,560) of children were adopted by couples and 10% (420) by single adopters during the year ending 31st March 2013.

6% (230) of children were adopted by same sex couples (either in a civil partnership or not) during the year ending 31st March 2013, up from 4% (160) children in the previous year.

But there are thousands

Waiting times

69% (2,740) children were placed for adoption within 12 months of an agency decision that the child should be placed for adoption during the year ending 31st March 2013, compared to 72% (2,480) in 2012.