Data on Adoption

Latest ASGLB data

The ASGLB 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 31 March 2017. This data covers all local authorities and VAAs in England.

Key headlines are:

  • The number of children waiting at the end of March 2017 was 2,470. This is a 7% increase from 31 December 2016 when there were 2,320 children waiting with a placement order not yet placed with an adoptive family.
  • There were 4,310 new placement orders granted in 2016-17.
  • The number of families approved for adoption has decreased by 17% from 3,610 in 2015-16 to 2,980 in 2016-17.
  • 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 and Special Guardianship Leadership Board data (published by DfE).