Magazine article Public Finance

Fall in Adoptions Is Causing Concern

Magazine article Public Finance

Fall in Adoptions Is Causing Concern

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A12% drop in the number of children adopted between 2006 and 2007 means vulnerable children could be missing out, Public Finance has been told.

Figures published by the Department for Children, Schools and Families on September 20 showed that although the number of children in care (60,000) barely changed between 2006 and 2007, adoptions dropped by 12% from 3,700 in 2007 to 3,300 in 2007.

Barbara Hutchinson, executive director of the British Association of Adoption and Fostering, told PF: "This is a concerning trend because we know that adoption has very good outcomes for children. The drop means that children who may have had good chances won't get them.'

She said that as the numbers of children being matched with families for potential adoption had also dropped, it was likely that the downward trend would continue. Recent accusations in Parliament that social services departments were stealing' babies to meet government adoption targets 'may have had an influence', she added.

But John Coughlan, co-president of the Association of Directors of Children's Services, said he was absolutely confident' that the drop was not due to social workers being intimidated by anti-adoption campaigners. …

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