Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted)
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A state of the nation picture on adoption

Ofsted’s first adoption statistics are published yesterday. The data provides a comprehensive picture of adoption in England. Along with the adoption statistics, Ofsted is also publishing the fourth annual statistics for fostering services.

Deputy Chief Inspector for Ofsted, John Goldup said:

'This publication brings into the public domain for the first time a wealth of data on over 4,250 approved adopters; the length of time adopters wait for a child; the outcome of 25,400 initial enquiries about becoming an adoptive parent made to adoption agencies in 2011/12; the likelihood of sibling groups being placed together; and much more.

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