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Release: Adoptions in England and Wales, 2012

Released: 20 August 2013


Elizabeth McLaren

Vital Statistics Outputs Branch

Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444110

Categories: Population, Families, Adoptions

Frequency of release: Annually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England and Wales

Geographical breakdown: Country

In this release

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.

This publication has been discontinued. The last edition to be published was 2012. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) now publishes adoption statistics within Court Statistics Quarterly although this does not include information on the 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)

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.

Adoption statistics in Scotland are provided by the National Records of Scotland while statistics on children looked after are available from the Scottish Government.

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:

  • meet identified user needs;
  • are well explained and readily accessible;
  • are produced according to sound methods; and
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest.

Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.

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