Racial disparity in the care system

2% of children adopted each year are Black

We know that Black children are disproportionately represented in our care system. While Black children make up 5% of the general population, they make up 7% of the looked after children population (1), and Black children are then less likely to go on to be adopted and wait longer to find their adoptive family. Only 2% of children adopted each year are Black, with the number of Black children who were adopted between 2015 and 2019 decreasing by 50% (2).

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  1. Department for Education. 2020. Children looked after in England including adoptions.
  2. Department for Education. 2020. Adopted and Looked-after Children.

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