National statistics for fostering and adoption

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This year in the UK, 40,000 children and young people will enter the care system. That’s 109 every day.

There are currently around 92,000 children in the UK who are classified as looked-after away from home. An increase of 2% from the previous year.

More than 65,000 children live with almost 55,000 foster families across the UK.

The UK urgently needs 8,100 more foster families to meet the need.

As of March 2017, there were 2580 children waiting for adoption in England. 28% of these had been waiting over a year.

Children and families in England who have been waiting longer than three months join the Adoption Register. Currently there are almost three times as many children (1115) on the Adoption Register as families (412).

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Ethnicity of looked after children

Ethnicity of looked after children

  • 94% White
  • 6% Other ethnicities including mixed race, Irish/Roma Travellers, Black, Chinese and Pakistani

Ethnicity of looked after children

  • 92% - White
  • 1.4% - Black or Black British
  • 1.6% - Asian or Asian British
  • 3.5% - Mixed Ethnicity
  • 1% - Other

Ethnicity of looked after children (total looked-after population)

  • 87.5% White
  • 1.8% Mixed Ethnicity
  • 0.8% Asian, Asian Scottish or Asian British
  • 0.6% Black, Black Scottish or Black British
  • 0.8% Other
  • 8.3% Unknown

Ethnicity of looked after children

  • 75% white
  • 9% mixed ethnicity
  • 7% black or black British
  • 5% Asian or Asian British
  • 3% from other ethnic groups

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