‘Quarter of adopted families’ in crisis

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Media caption‘Rob’: ‘My wife now shows the sort of symptoms of someone who’s tolerated domestic abuse’

More than a quarter of adopted houses are in crisis, according to a survey by the BBC and kindnes Adoption UK.

More than half of those surveyed reported living with a child who was violent, including being punched, kicked or threatened with knives.

More serious incidents included infirmary visits and sex crime.

Despite the challenges, most families said they were glad they adopted. Adoption UK said households necessitated skilled help and support.

Almost 3,000 subscribers to Adoption UK’s newsletter responded to the survey by BBC Radio 4’s File on 4 programme.