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Placement patterns

Placement patterns 2000-2007

Where the children ended up living

The number of children being adopted increased substantially between 2000 and 2007. By 31st March 2007, nearly half of all the children (42%; n=158) had been adopted. In contrast, the number of children in non-relative foster care decreased, from 61% in 2000 to 20% in 2007. The number of children living with their birth parents increased from 14% in 2000 to 27% in 2004, but decreased to 20% in 2007.

Care pathways in 2007

Placement patterns represent 5 care pathways for these children: adoption, living with birth parents, non-relative foster care, relative foster care, and Residence Order. These are the figures at 31st March 2007. Almost half the children had been adopted or were in a prospective adoption placement (45%).

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Institute of Child Care Research
School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work
Queen's University Belfast
6 College Park

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