Adoption Decline

The number of children being put up for adoption has almost halved.

Courts have criticised social workers for not looking closely enough into other options and making rushed and poor decisions. They also implied at a time where budgets are tight, social workers may have seen adoption as the cheaper option rather than investing time and money into helping families overcome their problems.

Statistics show that in June 2014 960 children were put up for adoption compared to an astonishing 1,830 in 2013. Applications for court orders allowing a child to be put into care fell by 34%.

Hopefully faster procedures will be put into place so that children know exactly where they stand and where their future lies.