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Adoption

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many (a) couples and (b) single people approved to adopt were added to the Adoption Register in each year since its creation; (232635)

(2) how many children were added to the Adoption Register in each year since its creation.

This information can be found in the following table:

Number of prospective adopters and children referred to the Adoption Register for England and Wales for the year ending December

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Prospective adopters—couples

2,263

1,678

1,444

1,081

1,252

1,196

Prospective adopters—single

185

129

139

134

182

167

Children

2,645

1,879

2,119

1,657

1,727

1,832

Source:

The Adoption Register for England and Wales.