Publication of ‘Children Adopted from Care in NI 2015/16’

Date published: 17 November 2016

The Department of Health has today published ‘Children Adopted from Care in NI 2015/16’.

This bulletin details statistical information relating to children adopted from care in, during the year ending 31 March 2016. The tables within the bulletin present a range of information about these children and their adopters, including durations between different stages in the adoption process. The bulletin is based on the DoH statistical return AD1 2015/16, which was collected from each of the five Health and Social Care Trusts. 

Key Findings

  • Eighty nine children were adopted from care during the year ending 31 March 2016, seventeen more than in 2015 (72)
  • The average age of children at the time of adoption was 4 years 5 months;
  • From the last entry into care, the average length of time for a child to be adopted in 2015/16 was 2 years 11 months. This was 2 months shorter than in 2014/15
  • For children adopted in 2015/16, the average duration from the Trust LAC[1] Best Interest Proposal to adoption was 2 years 3 months, one month less than in 2014/15
  • Fifty one children were adopted by their foster carers in 2015/16. This represented 57% of the overall number of adoptions
  • Children adopted by their foster carers were in general slightly older at the time of adoption than the other adopted children and the duration of the adoption process was generally longer

[1] LAC – Looked After Child

Notes to editors: 

1. This publication is available online.

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 and relating to the period 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016.

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

Further information is available from:

Community Information Branch              
Department of Health,                                
Room 11, Annexe 2,                                                                      
Castle Buildings,
Stormont Belfast BT4 3SP

Tel:      (028) 90 522580

Fax:    (028) 90 523288


4. Media queries to DoH Information Office on 028 9052 0579, or out of hours contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07623 974383 and your call will be returned. Follow us on Twitter @healthdpt

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