14/08/2014 12:52 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Adoptions Hit 36-Year-High - But Red-Tape Prevents Babies Being Placed With Families

Adoptions hit 36-year-high - but red-tape prevents babies being placed with families

Adoptions of toddlers and young children have reportedly hit a 36-year-high after Michael Gove's attempts to speed up the process of placing children with families.

The adoption of babies, however, remains low, with the Telegraph reporting that the 'red tape and delays' in the legal process still means infants wait a lengthy period before finding a new home.

Figures also suggest that fewer older children were adopted last year than at any other time since records began.

The Office for National Statistics says that overall the number of children adopted in England and Wales has increased 10VIRTUAL-Gallery-138805VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%