Statistics

National statistics for fostering and adoption


Statistics

This year in the UK, around 35,000 children and young people will enter the care system. 1 That’s 95 children every day.

There are around 103,000 children in the UK who are looked after away from home. 2

Nearly 70,000 children live with almost 55,000 fostering households across the UK. 3

Wales has the highest rate of looked after children away from home in the UK at 115 per 10,000 of the under 18 population. Scotland is slightly lower at 104 per 10,000, while the rates in Northern Ireland and England are much lower at 80 per 10,000 and 67 per 10,000 respectively. 4

There are currently 2,040 children waiting for adoption in England and 160 children waiting for adoption in Wales.5*

* Equivalent data is not available for Scotland and Northern Ireland.



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Fostering

Fostering

  • 70% of children in care live with a foster family (n=5,072).42
  • There are approximately 3,700 foster families in Wales.43

Fostering

  • There are approximately 2,800 foster families in Northern Ireland.56
  • 81% of children in care live with a foster family, the same as last year (n=2,857).57
  • 41% of children in foster care are cared for by kinship carers (n=1,457).58

Fostering

  • 71% of children in care live with a foster family (n=57,340).12
  • There are 45,370 fostering households and 76,640 foster carers in England.13

Fostering

  • Approximately 44% of children in care live with a foster family (n=4,744).28
  • There are approximately 3,620 approved foster care households in Scotland.29
  • 41% of children in care live with kinship carers (n=4,456).30

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