I am very pleased to present to you the 2022/23 Annual Report of the National Adoption Service for Wales (NAS).
The report outlines how agencies have worked together across Wales during 2022/23, to maintain excellent performance in adoption services.
I would like to acknowledge the hard work and resilience of all NAS partner agencies and their staff, who have continued to recruit adopters, place children, and provide support, to ensure these newly created families have the best start and are able to access support at other times should they need it. This is the case despite the challenges facing children, young people, families and professionals, both during and following the Covid-19 pandemic, followed by difficulties in public finances and the cost of living.
The Adoption UK annual Adoption Barometer findings continue to show Wales as performing well compared to the other three UK nations.
I hope you enjoy the report.