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So, what IS the explanation for the huge drop in adoption decisions?

Following on from earlier blog post about the adoption stats



[I coined the word ‘Jelfie’ today, to refer to the act of a Judge quoting themselves in a judgment.  To be even-handed, the fact that I am writing a post in which I link to my own post must be classed as a “Quelfie”  – or quoting/selfie. For shame, Suesspicious…]


So, you look at the graph and you see numbers of ADM decisions for adoption, and then you see those figures on the graph plummet, at exactly the same time that the Court of Appeal decided Re B-S and granted appeal after appeal after appeal. And those figures keep going down, but the astronomical drop is EXACTLY at the point that Re B-S came out.

That made me wonder. Just what DID cause that drop in the stats?

Is it that everyone in Local Authorities just got tired of adoption?


Is it Sarge?

Is it Sarge?




Is it that as a result of the improvement in the economy that there were no longer any socio-economic problems that led to care proceedings?



Rosemary the telephone operator?  No way man

Rosemary the telephone operator? No way man


Is it anything at all to do with the Court of Appeal ?



Phenry, the mild-mannered janitor?

Phenry, the mild-mannered janitor?






[Yes, I did do a blog post, just because I thought of a Hong Kong Phooey gag. That’s how I roll…]


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Law geek, local authority care hack, fascinated by words and quirky information; deeply committed to cheesecake and beer.

2 responses

  1. I would say it is largely due to Sir James Munby who has gradually made other judges realise that he was Deadly serious when he said “adoption is a last resort when nothing else will do.
    Too often other options such as kinship care were being brushed aside without serious consideration.A chink of light is beginning to shine through the dark curtain of the family courts.

  2. Ashamed to be British

    Jelfie and quelfie 😂😂😂😂 you have just enriched my life

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