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Rise in English adoption figures

The Government has recently published figures which show that around 4,000 children in care were adopted in England in 2012 - an increase of 15% and the highest ever since records began.

The statistics also show that 3,980 children were adopted between April 2012 and March 2013, up from 3,470 the previous year. This is higher than in any year since 1992, when comparable records began.

“It is hugely encouraging that the number of children adopted from care has risen to the highest level yet - but too many children are still waiting too long for stable, loving homes,” commented Edward Timpson, Children and Families Minister.

“More needs to be done to recruit adoptive parents. That’s why we have made the £150 million Adoption Reform Grant available for local authorities to spend on recruitment reform, and this summer I gave voluntary adoption agencies a further £16 million to expand and recruit more adoptive parents. I hope to see this funding deliver results,” he added.

In February 2011, the Government issued new guidance for local authorities in England making clear adoption should be considered as an option for more children. Comprehensive legal reforms are currently progressing through Parliament.

It has also launched First4Adoption online service and information line which provides all the information and advice prospective adopters need in one place and are speeding up the approval process. This summer the Government announced a new Adoption Support Fund to help adopters to access therapeutic support for their children.

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