Adoption system failings harm children’s life chances

Andrew Webb
Tuesday, July 26, 2022

The adoption system in England is not working for children. There is overwhelming evidence that adoption is an excellent permanence option for children who had the toughest of starts in life. Yet, despite record numbers of looked-after children, only 2,870 adoptions were made in 2020/21 compared with 5,360 in 2015.

Andrew Webb is chair of the Consortium of Voluntary Adoption Agencies (CVAA). Picture: Alex Deverill
Andrew Webb is chair of the Consortium of Voluntary Adoption Agencies (CVAA). Picture: Alex Deverill

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