Adoption UK was asked by various media organisations to respond to comments made by Cafcass chief executive Anthony Douglas in an interview with The Daily Telegraph, (published Friday 2nd November) in which he linked the rising success of IVF to a “collapse in adoption”.

Adoption UK is sceptical that greater success rates for fertility treatment is anything other than one of several contributory factors in the recent fall in adoption rates. 

Responding to Mr Douglas’s comments, Adoption UK’s chief executive Dr Sue Armstrong Brown explains in The Times that there is a range of motivations for people to adopt - pointing out that about one-in-ten adoptions are to single parents while a slightly higher proportion are to same-sex couples.

Dr Armstrong Brown also references other factors for the fall in adoption orders - including the Munby judgement, a rise in the number of special guardianship orders and a time lag between local authorities starting to advertise for more adoptive parents and the completion of the process for their vetting and training.

You can read The Times article here (paywall in place).

Adoption UK’s Schools Development Officer Becky White also provided a comprehensive interview to BBC Radio 5 Live off the back of Mr Douglas's comments; while AUK's Director of Policy and Communications Alison Woodhead spoke to both LBC and Talk Radio.

The LBC interview is no longer available to listen to but if you missed the 5 Live interview, or the Talk Radio interview, click on the links below:

BBC Radio 5 Live interview (starts 39 mins in)

Talk Radio  (starts 9 mins in)