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Publication of ‘Children Adopted from Care in Northern Ireland 2011/12’

The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety has today published the ‘Children Adopted from Care in Northern Ireland 2011/12’.
Friday, 15 February 2013

This bulletin details statistical information relating to children adopted from care in Northern Ireland, during the year ending 31 March 2012.

The tables within the bulletin present a range of information about these children, including gender and age and durations between different stages in the adoption process. The bulletin is based on the DHSSPS statistical return AD1 2011/12, which was collected from each of the five Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland.

Key findings

  • Sixty children were adopted from care during the year ending 31 March 2012, ten more than in 2010 (50);
  • In 2011/12, the average age of children adopted from care was 5 years;
  • As in 2009/10, from the last entry into care, the average length of time for a child to be adopted in 2011/12 was 3 years 5 months;
  • For children adopted in 2011/12, the average duration from the Trust LAC best interest proposal to adoption was 2 years 4 months, the same as in 2009/10;
  • The same number of children were adopted by their foster carers in both 2009/10 and 2011/12 (34 children). The proportion of foster care adoptions of the overall number of adoptions did however reduce from 68% to 57% in 2011/12;
  • The average age of children adopted by their foster carers was 5 years 5 months compared with 4 years 6 months for other adopted children;
  • The average length of time from last entry into care to adoption for foster care adoptions was 3 years 9 months, 10 months longer than for other adopted children;
  • Of the 34 children adopted by foster carers in 2011/12, 47% were placed for adoption within 12 months of the Trust best interest decision.

Notes to editors:

1. This publication is available on the DHSSPS website

2. About the data: The source of the data contained in this release is the Departmental AD1 statistical return, collected from Health and Social Services Trusts during the period 1 April 2012 to 31 August 2012.

3. This statistical bulletin was produced by Community Information Branch, DHSSPS.

Further information is available from:

Community Information Branch
Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety
Room 11, Annexe 2,
Castle Buildings,
Stormont Belfast BT4 3SP

Tel: (028) 90 522580
Fax: (028) 90 523288

4. Media queries to DHSSPS Information Office on 028 905 20579. Out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699 715 440.