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Adoptions show 'record' increase

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Two childrenVarious policies have been brought in to boost adoption numbers

Nearly 4,000 children in England were adopted from care in the year to March.

The latest statistics from the government show an increase of 15% compared with the year before, and ministers say it is a record.

The government has a drive to increase the number of children adopted, saying a child's life-chances are greatly improved if they are in a stable permanent home.

Children's Minister Edward Timpson said the rise was "hugely encouraging".

Between April 2012 and March 2013, 3,980 children were adopted, up from 3,470 the previous year.

Officials say the figure is higher than in any year since 1992, when comparable records began.

Councils are now being compared against each other in league tables showing how many children are in care and how many have been adopted.

There are many supporters of the drive, but some have warned that adoption is not always the best option, and that other schemes such as children being looked after by members of the wider family group, should not be over-looked.

It is estimated about one in five adoptions breaks down.

The statistics show a continued increase in the number of children being taken in to care.

That trend began following the death of Peter Connelly, who was 17 months old when he died after months of abuse in 2007.

Social workers were criticised for leaving the toddler with his mother and partner despite serious concerns.

The couple and another man were jailed over his death.

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