We are urging all adoptive parents to complete our Adoption Barometer survey* – our annual stock take of modern-day adoption in the UK. The results of the research will be published in a report later this year.

Last year’s Adoption Barometer raised the heat. 3,500 of you responded to our survey about the state of modern-day adoption. Armed with your responses, and our own analysis of government policies in all four nations of the UK, we produced the first ever comprehensive stocktake of the experiences of adoptive families and their children. We launched the Barometer in Westminster among MPs, Lords and adoptive families, and the findings of the report were extensively covered in the media – from Channel 4 News, the Times, the Guardian and the Telegraph, to the BBC in both Scotland and Wales.

Amongst our recommendations we called for an extension to the Adoption Support Fund, for the collection of statistics about the numbers of previously looked after children being excluded from school, and for more investment in the recruitment of Black, Asian and minority ethnic adopters. Since the Barometer was published, all three of these things have happened. That means you’ve helped make real progress.

Obviously there are many other, bigger changes needed. It was wonderful to hear from so many of you last year. But we know there are at least 55,000 adoptive families out there. This year, we hope even more of you will take 20 minutes to help decision makers understand what life is really like for adoptive families. 

The Adoption Barometer is in its early days, but it has already made its presence felt. Over the years, it will provide growing evidence of the need for politicians and other decision makers to make bold and brave changes to help adopted families build the futures they deserve. Make sure your family is part of it!

*The 2020 Adoption Barometer survey is now closed. Results will be published later this year.

Download last year’s full report or the shorter executive summary by clicking the images below:

                                      Full Report                                                                                                            Executive Summary