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Increase in IVF and Surrogacy Leads to A Decrease in Adoption Rates

December 7th, 2018

The latest family court figures have shown a 36% decrease in adoption applications from heterosexual couples and whilst same-sex couple’s adoption rates have risen 14%, they are such a small proportion it does not affect the overall decline.

The chief executive of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service has said that the adoption process is too slow – “IVF used to be around 7% successful and now it’s around 30%,”. “So as a choice, adoption is competing with lots of other ways of having children.”

With IVF success rates increasing and surrogacy becoming less taboo, it is no surprise that both options are becoming more attractive to potential parents.

The number of children in care has increased in England. In March 2017 the figure stood at 72,670, the number of adoptions has fallen from 5,360 in 2015 to 4,350 in 2017.

The main factor that may deter potential parents from the adoption process is the length of time it takes to adopt. Figures from the Department of Education say that in England the average time between a child entering care and being adopted has fallen from 30 months to 24 months due to improvements in the process. This is still a long intrusive process which can be off-putting.

The chief executive said the wait for children to find their “forever home” needed to be cut. “Every child deserves a family to live and grow up in but adoption still takes twice as long as it should, which puts people off.”

Despite this, adoption will always have a place in family law. For some, it is their only route to have a family.

If you would like to discuss any of the issues raised, please do not hesitate to contact Stacey St.Clair by email on or telephone 01908262022.



Written by

Stacy St Clair

Stacey qualified as a Solicitor in 2011 having completed her training with Hine Solicitors in Beaconsfield. Stacey has since worked for the Legal 500 firm, Duncan Lewis Solicitors in London. Stacey has extensive experience in all areas of family law including advising clients in relation to co-habitation, divorce, matrimonial finances, pre & post-nuptial agreements. Stacey was delighted to join specialist practice Hawkins Family Law (The Legal 500 2015 recommends the team as “exemplary”) in February 2016 and has considerable experience resolving children issues whether they are in relation to where a child should live or issues regarding contact.

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