Image copyright Getty ImagesMore than twice as many children in England are waiting to be adopted as there are families willing to adopt, campaigners are warning.
There are 4,140 children who have been recommended for adoption, the latest figures, from the Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board, show.
By comparison, there are about 1,700 families approved to adopt and waiting to be matched with children.
The government says it is focusing on finding adopters from all communities.
“But adoption can have a transformative effect on these children and the testimony of adoptive parents is proof that you can successfully parent children who are deemed harder to place, if the right support is in place.”