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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  • 79% of looked after children are in foster placements.4
  • It is estimated that 200 more foster families need to be recruited.5
  • Around two fifths of children in foster care are in a kinship placement.6


  • 74% of looked after children are accommodated in foster care placements.3
  • It is estimated that fostering services need to recruit a further 550 foster families.4


  • 75% of those cared for away from home are living with foster families.3
  • It is estimated that a further 550 more foster families are needed.4


  • 74% of looked after children are in foster placements.4
  • It is estimated that a further 6,800 foster families need to be recruited over the next year.5
  • Over the past year, 10% of fostered children have had three or more placements.6

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