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.
- 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,
Stormont Belfast BT4 3SP
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.