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 95,000 children in the UK who are classified as looked-after away from home. An increase of 3% 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.

At 30 September 2018, there were 2730 children waiting for adoption in England. 41% of these had been waiting eighteen months or more.

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  • There are between 2.7 and 8 million children residing in orphanages globally.
  • On average, 80% of children living in orphanages have at least one living parent.

The following statistics are based on reports carried out in one location:

  • 1 in 3 children exiting residential care institutions becomes homeless.
  • 1 in 5 children exiting residential care institutions gains a criminal record.
  • 1 in 10 children exiting residential care institutions commits suicide.
  • In Australia, 36% of Christian churches and 51% of individual church attendees were found to support overseas residential care institutions.

Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC)

  • During 2017, 172,362 people arrived in Europe via sea: just under half were women and children.
  • 92% of the 15,140 children who crossed the central Mediterranean between January and September 2017 were alone.
  • In 2017, Britain received just 3% of all asylum applications in the EU.

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