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Adoption

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many adopted children waited longer than (a) 12, (b) 18, (c) 24, (d) 30, (e) 36, (d) 42 and (e) 48 months to be adopted following the decision that adoption was in their best interests in each of the last five years, broken down by ethnicity. (228707)

Information on looked after children adopted during the year ending 31 March 2008 can be found in the following table. Information for earlier years can be provided only at a disproportionate cost. The figures shown for the time between the decision that adoption was in the child's best interest and the date of the making of the adoption order are cumulative.

Looked after children adopted during the year ending 31 March 2008 by the time between the decision that adoption was in their best interest and the making of the adoption order: England

Number

Time between decisions that adoption was in the best interest and adoption

Over 12 months

Over 18 months

Over 24 months

Over 30 months

Over 36 months

Over 42 months

Over 48 months

All children looked after/ adopted during the year

3,200

2,400

1,300

720

390

260

150

100

Ethnic origin

White

2,600

1,900

1,000

550

290

190

110

80

Mixed

330

290

170

110

60

40

20

10

Asian or British Asian

60

40

20

10

10

Black or Black British

110

100

80

40

30

30

20

10

Other ethnic groups

30

20

10

10

10

Source:

SSDA903 return on children looked after.

Once the child has been placed for adoption with approved prospective adopters it is for them to decide when to apply to the court for an adoption order. However, the child has to live with the prospective adopters for 10 weeks preceding the application.