This section contains information on adoption for practitioners working with children and families. General information about adoption can be found on the GOV.UK website. Information about intercountry adoption can be found in the intercountry adoption section.
The Department publication Further action on adoption contains information about the Government’s proposals for the next steps in tackling delay so that more children can benefit more quickly from being adopted into a loving home.
The Department's updated statutory adoption guidance.
Statutory guidance 10 May 2013
Links to relevant legislation on adoption, including regulations and court rules and commencement orders.
Multi-page article 08 May 2013
Information about the revised regulations and guidance for effective care planning to improve the quality and consistency of care planning, placement and case review for looked after children.
General article 07 May 2013
Information about what you are entitled to if you’ve adopted a child from care, and the changes the Government is making to ensure that you have the support and information you need to care for your child.
General article 03 May 2013
Information about the numbers of children waiting for new homes.
General article 10 April 2013
Information about adoption research, demographics, motivation and attitudes.
General article 05 April 2013
Information about the quarterly adoption review.
General article 21 March 2013
Information about the government's adoption action plan, which sets out a range of proposals to speed up the process for children, to overhaul the service for prospective adopters and to strengthen local accountability for the timeliness of adoption services.
General article 26 February 2013
Information about the Adoption Reform Grant for the financial year 2013-14.
General article 14 February 2013
A summary of feedback received following the call for views on sibling placements and contact arrangements for children in care and adopted children, and the Government’s response.
General article 05 February 2013