Is greater use of Kinship care the reason that Adoption figures have fallen? But if so why have SGO numbers also fallen? Is the increase in long term fostering a sign that local authorities are using kinship care with the children subject to Care Orders. Whatever the reason, the figures make for interesting reading!
“I think practitioners are much more aware of thinking about wider family in the first instance, I also think there is an increasing recognition around some of the challenges around adoption and adopters,” Williams says.