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Education written question – answered on 8th November 2011.

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Photo of Meg Munn Meg Munn Labour, Sheffield, Heeley

To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many adoptive placements broke down in England in each of the last five years.

Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Information on the number of adoptions which breakdown following the making of an adoption order is not collected centrally.

Information is available on the outcomes of children placed for adoption at 31 March 2007. This is published as part of the Adoption and Special Guardianship data pack, and shows that 5% of children placed for adoption at 31 March 2007 had not been adopted three years later. This includes 3% of children who remained as placed for adoption at 31 March 2010. The Adoption and Special Guardianship data pack can be found at:

To produce this information for years other than 2007 would incur disproportionate cost.

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