According to the Government, in the British care system in the year ending March 2013:
- 3,980 looked-after children were adopted, an increase of 15% from the year 2011-12.
- Adoption is now at its highest point since 1992.
- Only 8% of children adopted were taken in by single parents.
- 3,710 children were adopted by couples.
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