Do social workers get a bonus each time they recommend a child is placed for adoption? Absolutely not. Social workers don’t enter the profession to take children away from their families - they want to help and support families. For many, an adoption can feel like they’ve failed - they’ve been unable to find a safe solution that would mean a child can return to live with their family. Furthermore, social workers do not make the decision to place a child for adoption. They make recommendations based on assessments that will have been scrutinised and challenged by their managers, lawyers, Cafcass Guardians and ultimately by a Judge. Only a court has the power to grant placement orders, which allow children to be placed with adoptive parents, and adoption orders, which sever children's legal ties with their birth families and make their adoptive families their legal families.