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.

Click here to see the Adoption Leadership Board data (published by DfE).