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Adoption Written Answer, 18/11/11 [S]

Written Answer given in response to John Park's (Lab) question asking the Scottish Executive how many children have been adopted in each year since 2000, broken down by (a) age, (b) gender and (c) ethnic background and showing how many were adopted by (i) step-parents, (ii) other relatives and (iii) non-relatives.

The Minister for Children and Young People, Angela Constance, replied that each year, the Registrar General for Scotland publishes statistics of the number of adoptions that have been registered - for example, in Chapter 8 of Scotland's Population 2010: the Registrar General's Annual Review of Demographic Trends.

Almost all the information that was requested can be obtained from a cross-tabulation published annually in the Vital Events Reference Tables - in Table 2.2 of the editions for 2007 to 2010, and Table 9.2 of the editions for 2001 to 2006. The corresponding figures for 2000 can be found in Table 9.2 of the Registrar General's Annual Report for 2000.

These cross-tabulations all give the numbers of children adopted, broken down by their age, their sex and the relationship of the adopter(s), which distinguishes between step-parents, some other types of relative, and people who are not relatives. National Records of Scotland does not have any statistics about the ethnic backgrounds of children who have been adopted: it seldom (if ever) receives such information.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 21 November 2011 which is available fro the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 21 November 2011
Scotland's Population 2010 - The Registrar General's Annual Review of Demographic Trends
Vital Events Reference Tables
Annual Review Publications from 1996 to 2008