U.S. adop­tions of for­eign chil­dren still de­clin­ing

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NEW YORK | The num­ber of for­eign chil­dren adopted by U.S. parents dropped al­most 5 per­cent last year, con­tin­u­ing a steady de­cline that’s now ex­tended for 12 years, ac­cord­ing to new State Depart­ment fig­ures.

How­ever, State of­fi­cials said they have been work­ing closely with nu­mer­ous coun­tries to strengthen in­ter­na­tional adop­tion pro­ce­dures, and they sug­gested the num­bers could rise if the U.S. adop­tion com­mu­nity helped to ad­dress some of those coun­tries’ con­cerns about ethics and over­sight.

The depart­ment’s re­port for the 2016 fis­cal year shows 5,372 adop­tions from abroad, down from 5,648 in 2015

and more than 76 per­cent be­low the high of 22,884 in 2004. The num­ber has fallen ev­ery year since then.

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