The Government' recent figures on adoptions confirm the dramatic drop in the number of adoptions. But what hasn't been commented on very widely is the almost 25% drop in the number of people registered to adopt.
The Government's plans are already under pressure because of the courts but it looks as if potential adopters are voting with their feet - which has significant implications if it continues at this rate.
Registrations to become an adopter have decreased by 24% from 1,340 in quarter 2 2014-15 to 1,020 in quarter 3 2014-15. The number of adopter families approved for adoption has decreased by 3% from 1,240 in quarter 2 2014-15 to 1,200 in quarter 3 2014-15.