Racial disparity in the care system

2% of children adopted each year are Black

Every child is created with intrinsic worth, full of potential and passion. Every child deserves a stable place to call home with people around them who will support, care for and journey with them.

It is not acceptable that Black children are disproportionately represented in the care system. While Black children make up 5% of the general population, they make up 7% of the looked after children population (1).

It is also the case that Black children are then less likely to go on to be adopted and wait longer to find their adoptive family (2). The number of Black children who were adopted between 2015 and 2020 decreased by 50%, with the latest figures showing that only 2% of children adopted each year are Black (3).

At Home for Good we are committed to learning as much as we can about this issue, and invite you to join us on this journey, so that together we can work towards a future where no child is left behind or waiting longer for the home they need due to the colour of their skin.

Together we can see the tide turn on racial inequality in our care system.


  1. Department for Education. 2022. Children looked after in England including adoptions. Available online.
  2. Department for Health and Social Care. 2021. Adopted and looked-after children. Available online.
  3. Ibid.

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