Social Workers under Fire over Falling Adoption Rates
Byline: Eleanor Harding
FEWER vulnerable children are being adopted than ever before, official figures have revealed.
Adoptions in England and Wales are now at their lowest level on record, despite a chronically long waiting list of parentless children.
In 2010, a total of 4,472 adoptions were recorded - a decrease of 4.1 per cent since 2009, according to the Office for National Statistics.
The number was the lowest since figures for court adoption orders were first recorded in 1997.
The alarming dip has sparked demands for social workers to be bolder in matching children with new homes, saving them from a childhood in care.
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