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ADOPTION - POOR STATS SHOCK MINISTER INTO ACTION

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Scotland's education minister Jack McConnell is asking for more people to come forward and adopt young people in ca...
Scotland's education minister Jack McConnell is asking for more people to come forward and adopt young people in care.
His plea comes as Scottish Executive statistics show a continuing fall in adoption applications.
Last year there were 400 successful applications - 50 fewer than in 1999.
Of the total applications, 44% were for children aged under five compared to 37% in 1999, when a higher percentage of applications were for five to 11 year olds.
The figures found just over half of all applications were made without using an agency, while those made through a council accounted for 36%. The proportion of applications made through voluntary agencies increased to 12%.
'There are many vulnerable children in Scotland's care system,' said Mr McConnell. 'For too many years there has been a declining number of adoption applications and less children are being placed. Modernising the system will help us change this.'
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