Looked after children
Children are classed as being ‘looked after’ if they are aged under 18 and in the care of the local authority.
The adoption process now takes less time - but children are still waiting for a new family.
Fostering is a way of offering children and young people a home while their own family is unable to look after them.
Brilliant, challenging, gruelling, inspiring, life-affirming
Personal account: Adoption is the greatest thing this writer has ever done. So why aren't more people doing it?
Why race has no place when a child needs a home
Once again, race has proved a bar to adoption in the UK.
All together now
Pete Turner, bass player with Elbow, gives his personal account of growing up black
A woman who handed back her adopted three-year-old son says: 'I didnt abandon him'
This single woman was told that she had adopted a happy healthy baby, but the truth about 'Tom' proved to be too much for her to handle alone.
China's city of lost children brings in shelters for abandoned babies
A city in China is creating a place where parents can abandon their babies safely and anonymously
My parents aren't fake
Personal account of an adopted 15-year-old who knows who her 'real' parents are, even if they have a different skin colour
My Nazi grandfather would have murdered me
Research into family history brought a shock for this mixed-race author - her own grandfather was an unrepentant Nazi who would have seen her as subhuman.