- As of the 31st March 2015, Adoption Leadership Board (ALB) data showed that there were 2,810 children with a placement order waiting to be placed with an adoptive family. This is a 40% decrease from the 31st March 2014, when there were 4,680 children waiting with a placement order not placed with an adoptive family.
- Adopters say that Voluntary Adoption Agencies (VAA) offer an excellent service. 70% of VAA users rated quality of service as ‘good’ or ‘very good’, compared to only 44% of users of Local Authority (LA) adoption services. (Source: Coram, VAA Lost Customer Research Report, 2015)
- Of VAAs inspected in 2013/14, 92% were rated good or outstanding, compared to 53% of local authority adoption services inspected in the same year.
- The adopter experience of VAA services is better overall (scored 8.4 out of 10 on average, compared to 6.95 in local authorities) and the gap between their rating of VAA and LA services grows as their journey progresses – post placement services score 8.15 with VAA adopters, and only 6.29 with LA adopters. (Source: Adoption UK, Adopters’ Experience of their Agency, 2015)