Thursday, December 17, 2009

Americans Adopting Fewer Children From Abroad

"Foreign adoptions by Americans hit 13-year low"

"The number of foreign children adopted by Americans plunged more than a quarter in the past year, reaching the lowest level since 1996 and leading adoption advocates to urge Congress to help reverse the trend.

Big declines were recorded for all three countries that provided the most adopted children in the previous fiscal year. In China and Russia, government officials have been trying to promote domestic adoptions, while in Guatemala, a once-bustling but highly corrupt international adoption industry was shut down while reforms are implemented.

Figures for fiscal year 2009, released by the State Department on Thursday, showed 12,753 adoptions from abroad, down from 17,438 in 2008 — a dip of 27% and nearly 45% lower than the all-time peak of 22,884 in 2004.

The last time there were fewer foreign adoptions to the U.S. was in 1996, when there were 11,340."

Read the full article: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2009-12-17-Adoptions_N.htm?csp=24&RM_Exclude=Juno

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