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Last year, fewer than 3,000 US families adopted a child from another country, the lowest in 50 years according to US State Department Data.

Hanlon said NCFA is aware of roughly two dozen US families currently stuck overseas waiting to bring their adopted children home.

Nehrbass speculated one reason the State Department has increased regulation and seemingly slowed the international adoption process in recent years is the growing concern over human trafficking.

The letter also urged the State Department to use “all available resources to ensure intercountry adoptions proceed in a safe and timely manner.” The State Department did not issue an official response.

It’s inevitable that the number of international adoptions in 2020 will fall below last year’s historic low—by how much, experts don’t know.

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