Saturday, July 14, 2012
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota leads the country in the number of international adoptions per capita, but tighter regulations have caused those numbers to drop sharply in recent years.
That's left families adrift and forced one of the state's oldest agencies to scale back on the number of adoptions it arranges.
The number of foreign children adopted by Americans has plummeted from 22,991 in 2004 to 9,319 in 2011, according to U.S. State Department statistics. Minnesota has experienced a similar decline. In 2005, the state reported 923 international adoptions. The number has fallen every year since then, reaching a low of 355 adoptions last year.
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