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The average number of children removed per mother was three.The average cost of removal per mother was £200,000 (for an internal foster placement) and £300,000 (for an external foster placement).
In England between 20, 9% of permanence plans (on average) moved away from adoption to another option, such as returning to a parent, residency with another family member or long term foster care.
We have given an explanation of the key legal processes here.
We also examine the investigation and referral procedures here.
There are some further interesting statistics in this article ‘The Serial Removal of Children from Young Mothers – is it Right’ The cost of an internal foster placement, per infant, was £66,000.
The cost of an external foster placement, per infant, was £102,000.
In respect of a mother who had had eight children removed the cost was between £500,000 and £800,000 to place her babies.