Poole in Dorset may not see itself as an indicator of trends across England and Wales. But its adoption figures have dropped significantly. The explanation as to why this has happened is set out by the local authority below. The answer raises the question as to why adoption was even being considered for children who had extended family ready to care. Family and friends should always be considered first before adoption is on the agenda.
He said the fall in adoptions was down to factors including the complex needs of some of the children, and the rise in the number of special guardianship orders. These are permanent placements, largely with extended family members and connected people who share parental responsibility with birth parents - but they are not adoptions.