Adoptions by same-sex couples in England, Scotland and Wales are at a record high, according to new figures released by the Department for Education.
Between April 2014 and March 2015, 8.5% of all adoptions in England were by same-sex parents – 450 in total.
In Wales, this figure has increased six-fold in the past four years, to 30 adoptions, and in Scotland, 17 adoptions.
Most adoptions – 90% – were by two people, either living together as partners, married, or in a civil partnership.
For the first time, ‘married’ parents also include same-sex couples who were able to marry legally as of summer 2014, as well as those in a civil partnership; 5% of adoptions in England were from parents in civil partnerships, up from last year’s figure of 2%.
Tor Docherty, Chief Executive of UK-based LGBT adoption and fostering charity New Family Social, said: ‘It’s key in every adoption case that the needs of the child are paramount throughout.
‘It’s fantastic that adoption agencies increasingly recognise the skills that LGBT people can bring as parents to meet those children’s needs.’