Data on Adoption
Latest ALB data
The ALB data return is completed by every local authority, voluntary adoption agency, and regional adoption agency in England on a quarterly basis. The latest publicly available data covers the period up to 30 September 2016. This data covers all local authorities and VAAs in England.
Key headlines are:
- The number of children waiting is still falling, though much more slowly than in recent years. At the end of September 2016 there were 2,030 children waiting with a placement order but who had not yet been placed.
- The number of new placement orders being granted is overall stable, averaging approximately 1,000 each quarter.
- Adopter approval numbers overall have stabilised at approximately 700 approvals per quarter. This comes after a period of significant decline in adopter recruitment, particularly within local authorities where approvals have fallen by approximately 50% since Q4 2013-14.
- The number of approved adopters waiting for a match to a child has continued to fall, though there are still more adopters waiting than children.
- Overall, current trends in adopter recruitment and placement orders suggest that there are currently more children being put forward for adoption than adopters being approved.