Key Facts about Adoption
The Adoption and Children Act 2002
- First piece of adoption legislation in over quarter of a century
- Gave unmarried and same sex couples the right to adopt
- Gave birth relatives the right to request that their local authority or relevant adoption society make contact with their birth children, provided they are over 18 and are happy to be contacted
Adoption Statistics in England as of 31st March 2010
- 64,400 children were in the care of local authorities in England
- 3,200 children were adopted from care during the year ending 31st March 2010
- 51% of those children were boys and 49% were girls
- The majority of children (70%) were aged between 1 and 4 years old. Just 2% were under 1 year old, 24% were aged between 5 and 9 years old, 3% were aged between 10 and 15 years old.
- The average age of a child adopted from care was 3 years and 9 months
Adoption Statistics in Wales as of 31st March 2010
- 5,162 children were in the care of local authorities in Wales
- 229 children were adopted from care during the year ending 31st March 2009
- 50% of those children were boys and 50% were girls
- The majority of children (73%) were aged between 1 and 4 years old. Just 2% of children were under 1 year old, 23% were aged between 5 and 9 years old, 3% were aged between 10 and 15 years old.
- The average age at adoption was 3 years, 9 months
Source info Britsh Assoc Adopton & Fostering
After Adoption: Thousands of children in Foster care are awaiting their FOREVER FAMILY
There are thousands of children in the care system who are waiting for their forever family.
In this section you will find the profiles of children who are looking for their forever family.
These children have often had a difficult start in life and what each child needs now is a permanent family who can provide the love and security to help them grow.
Contact us if you feel that you could provide a home for them, or if you are considering adoption and would like to learn more about Families that Last.