What are the key issues and challenges in adoption placement and support? See our archive of features, case studies and research.
In light of a recent Court of Appeal judgment, Kamena Dorling, head of policy and public affairs at Coram Children's Legal Centre, examines provision for post-adoption contact arrangements.
A system for matching hard-to-place children with adopters has been shelved after 18 years. Those running the National Adoption Register fear the change will limit options, but others say online systems can fill the void.
Evaluation of regional adoption agencies highlights mixed progress, with some starting to improve various aspects of the adoption process, while others are struggling to attract staff and develop shared IT functions.
Commissioners play a pivotal role in ensuring vulnerable children receive the care they need. However, demand and funding pressures are driving the development of new systems and changes in practice.
A Supreme Court judgment has highlighted the complexities of bringing children who have been adopted abroad to the UK.
Review finds poor contact with birth families can cause identity problems, with report author calling for a culture change among practitioners. However, social work leaders say legislation should be revised to make contact easier.
Freedom of Information data reveals extent of council "match funding" under Adoption Support Fund.
British citizens have three main types of intercountry adoption available to them if they wish to adopt a child from another country.
FoI data shows a rise in adoptions breaking down over the past five years and inconsistent data collection by councils. Experts say findings show the need for better data and improved post-adoption support services.
Neil Puffett talks to Sue Armstrong-Brown, chief executive at Adoption UK
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The first regional adoption agencies are set to launch, but it is still unclear how benefits will be delivered.
What the act means for everyday practice across the children's workforce.
A decline in the number of adoption placement orders has been linked to a fall in the number of potential adopters being recruited.
Review assesses the evidence on the impact of abuse on children and considers the merits of care placement options. The authors summarise the findings, while three organisations outline initiatives to improve decision making.
The way local authority children's services are inspected is set to undergo major change from January 2018, with Ofsted planning to move to a more proportionate system that focuses on councils that are already struggling.
Serious case review highlights need for rigorous assessments when placing a child with a special guardian, writes Kamena Dorling, head of policy & programmes at Coram Children's Legal Centre.
Finding the right match for children who need a new permanent home is vital for their future wellbeing. Eileen Fursland spends the day with Derby adoption social worker Hannah Barrs.
Derren Hayes meets Andy Leary-May, co-founder and chief executive of Link Maker Systems.
Project helps adoptive parents and children form loving, secure attachments and promote resilience.
As the number of children being placed for adoption continues to fall, the government's latest strategy emphasises the need for matches to be made without delay and stresses the importance of quality support.
The standard of adoption services across local authorities and the voluntary sector has steadily improved in recent years, bucking the overall trend in Ofsted inspections, social care report shows.
Ensuring the needs of adopted children and young people are recognised and understood is important for all children's professionals.
Four local authorities in the North West pool their resources in effort to find new adoptive families.
Local authorities in England and Wales have a legal duty to report annually to central government on looked-after children's psychological wellbeing and academic attainment but this duty ends once children are adopted. Researchers from Cardiff University wanted to fill this gap in understanding of how young people adopted from the care system perform at school, looking at their wellbeing and aspirations around work and education.
This research paper focuses on the support needs of newly formed adoptive families, addressing a gap in the literature for research in the post-placement period.
Researchers from Cardiff University wanted to explore how sibling relationships are affected by adoption. These can include relationships with brothers and sisters outside the adoptive family, relationships between siblings placed for adoption together, and relationships with children already living in the adoptive family.
Academics from the universities of Coventry, Sheffield, Huddersfield, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Stirling and Queen's University Belfast received Nuffield Foundation funding to study inequalities in the proportions of looked-after children, or those subject to child protection plans, in the four UK nations.
This paper explores the views of parents and carers involved in an English study into outcomes for children known to children's services.
Review discusses concerns and policy directions regarding permanency, policy shift towards adoption and how this is seen as the gold standard of permanency, despite warnings to avoid such a hierarchy.
Authors Elaine Farmer and Cherilyn Dance, University of Bristol and University of Bedfordshire
Researchers examine the rate of adoption disruption and the stability of adoptions as opposed to residence orders and special guardianship orders.