Vital Statistics Outputs Branch
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Frequency of release: Annually
Geographical coverage: England and Wales
Geographical breakdown: Country
Presents statistics on adoptions which take place following court orders in England and Wales. Figures on adoption orders apply to adoptions by relatives and step-parents as well as adoptions from care. Adoption statistics are analysed by sex, age and marital status of the biological parents.
Adoptions data before 2008 are available in the annual publication Marriage, Divorce and Adoption Statistics, England and Wales (Series FM2). The data years available include 1999 - 2007.
For information on data quality, legislation and procedures relating to adoption statistics, please see Quality and Methodology Information for Adoption Statistics (114.2 Kb Pdf) .
Since 2013, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has published adoption statistics in Court Statistics (Quarterly). These statistics are more timely and contain more detailed information than ONS can provide. ONS plans to consult with users over the summer on the possible discontinuation of some ONS products and ONS Adoption Statistics will be included within this consultation.
Statistics on the looked after children in England as well as intercountry adoptions are available from the Department for Education. Statistics on looked after children in Wales are available from the Welsh Government.
Adoption statistics in Northern Ireland are provided by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency while statistics on the adoption of looked after children are available from the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety.
We welcome feedback on the content, format and relevance of this release.
The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.
Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:
Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.