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Adoption numbers are down, but not due to a shortage of parents

Approximately 110,000 adoptions happen in the United States each year. However, this number appears to be declining because of several new trends that are making it more difficult to adopt. Adoption figures, for example, have dropped nationally by 15 percent over the last decade.

To some extent, the drop in adoptions is due to new restrictions in countries that have long been a popular source of adoptions, like China and Russia. Nevertheless, the number of parents who want to adopt in the United States has not decreased. It's just that they have to wait longer, and sometimes pay more money, to get the child they so desperately long for.

Adoption Minnesota has been encouraging parents to launch a social media campaign and to let all their friends and family know about their hopes to adopt, to make the process easier. This way, if anyone knows someone looking for a family to take their child, they can put them in touch and both sides will benefit immensely.

Adoption isn't just for wealthy people, but in some ways, it may seem like that these days, as the longer couples wait for their adoptions, the more money they tend to spend. However, word of mouth and social media marketing are free, and it doesn't hurt to try. Ultimately, adoption is all about waiting and hoping, and never giving up hope until you have your child in your arms.

In Minnesota, parents tend to wait about 22 months, on average, before they get their child. This process can be aided by working with an adoption lawyer. Your lawyer will ensure that your adoption is handled quickly, appropriately and cost effectively.

Source: kare11.com, "Adoption numbers down nationwide," Lou Raguse, April 30, 2017

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