The Care Inspectorate has published its latest statistical bulletin on fostering and adoption services in Scotland. The report includes 2018 data from services providers and service grading information correct at 31 March 2019. Key figures include:
- At 31 December 2018 there were 5,171 children and young people in foster care placements (compared to 5,315 in 2017)
- At 31 December 2018 there were 1,042 sibling groups in foster care, 24% of which were separated upon placement (34% in local authority services, and 6% in independent services)
- During 2018, 406 foster carer households de-registered and 370 new households were approved
- In 2018, 323 children and young people were approved for adoption (14% fewer than in 2017), 255 were placed with their new adoptive family (28% fewer than in 2017) and 286 were legally adopted (13% fewer than in 2017).
- 12 adoptions in local authority approved households disrupted in 2018 (compared to 16 in 2017), the majority prior to the adoption order was granted.
- 280 new adoptive households were approved by 37 adoption services, compared to 317 in 2017.
Further details and a link to the full report are provided on the Care Inspectorate website.