The number of children successfully adopted in England and Wales rose in 2011, according to the Office of National Statistics.
The number of adoptions in 2011 reached a total of 4,734, a 6% increase from 2010. Children aged 1 to 4 years made up 62% of the adoptions, showing a steady increase since 1998, when only 34% of adoptions were from this age group.
This comes as a welcome boost to Government plans to speed up the adoption process. As MadeForMums reported recently, Prime Minister David Cameron said earlier this year, “Children’s needs must be at the very heart of the adoption process… that’s why I’m changing the law and calling for urgent action.”
The Government particularly wants to target early adopters after statistics revealed only 2% of adoptions were of babies under 1 year old. David said last month that newborn babies taken into care should be fostered by people who wanted to adopt them, reported the Telegraph.
According to the Department of Education, a new process will lead to “a system which is truly fit for purpose”.
The news comes as actress Kristen Davis speaks openly about the joy of balancing work and motherhood. Kristin, who adopted daughter Gemma Rose, told People magazine, “She’s doing great […] I’m very proud of her.”
Actress Denise Richards also revealed her daughters were keen to follow her lead, after she adopted 1-year-old daughter Eloise.