ADOPTION: Key Facts & Stats for 2010


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

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