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Foreign Adoptions by US Families Drop by 12 Percent


FILE - A pair of sisters adopted in Ethiopia hold flags as they listen to the singing of the national anthem at an adoption day ceremony in New York, Nov. 18, 2010.

The number of foreign children adopted by U.S. parents dropped more than 12 percent last year, accelerating a decline that's now continued for 13 years, according to new State Department figures.

Sharp drops in adoptions from China and Congo more than offset notable increases from many countries, including India, Columbia and Nigeria.

The department's report for the 2017 fiscal year, released Friday, shows 4,714 adoptions from abroad, down from 5,372 in 2016 and nearly 80 percent below the high of 22,884 in 2004. The number has fallen every year since then.

China, as has been the case for several years, accounted for the most children adopted in the U.S. But its total of 1,905 was down nearly 15 percent from 2016 and far below a peak of 7,903 in 2005.

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