Date lodged: 21 April 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to increase the number of adoptions of children from the care system.
Answered by: Mark McDonald 3 May 2017
The Scottish Government set up Scotland's Adoption Register to increase the number of children who are adopted, particularly those who are more difficult to place. A national programme of Adoption Exchange Days and Activity Days runs in parallel with the register to support successful matching of potential adopters with looked after children and young people.
Adoptions of looked after children increased to its highest level on record in 2016 with a total of 341 children being adopted.
The first Adoption Week Scotland was held in September 2016 and there are plans to make this an annual event to highlight the successes and challenges of adoption in Scotland.