Campaigning Adoption Barometer The Adoption Barometer 2021 is now live! You can read the report in full here or by clicking on the front cover image. The Adoption Barometer 2021 is calling for a six point plan to improve the life chances of adopted young people. It includes multi-disciplinary assessments and support plans for every child placed for adoption and the extension of adoption services to at least age 26. Now in its third year, the Barometer is the only comprehensive assessment of the lives of adoptive families across the UK – and the policies that govern adoption. It explores families’ experiences throughout the adoption journey, from prospective adopters to those whose children are now young adults. This year we have a special focus on the transition to adulthood, putting the experiences and voices of adopted people at the heart of the debate about giving those who have experienced trauma in childhood an equal chance to thrive. 2021 Launch event The launch event took place on Tuesday 29th June. Video recordings of the launch event can be found on our YouTube channel. In the meantime, please watch Rebecca Brooks, report author, run through the overview in this video: What impact does The Adoption Barometer have? Since the first Barometer in 2019, there has been some progress towards our recommendations. Last year, despite the pandemic more people completed their approvals process within 12 months, thanks to agencies making rapid shifts in ways of working. When families get support, their assessments of its quality and the impact on their family are more positive than last year. In England, since 2019 we have seen extensions to the Adoption Support Fund (ASF) and the first data collection on school exclusions. Wales made a £2.3m investment in adoption services and last year, adopter experiences improved at nearly all stages of family life. Previous Adoption Barometers You can read the full Adoption Barometer 2020 report, or download the 2020 Barometer Executive Summary. More Information Our Adoption Barometer 2020 launch event is on our YouTube Channel. Hear from the author of the report and our Education Policy Advisor, Rebecca Brooks as she runs through the highlights of the 2020 Barometer in this video. Read our full 2019 Adoption Barometer here or the Executive Summary here.