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Oct 18, 2010

While the overall number of international adoptions by Americans continues to fall, the country of Ethiopia is bucking the trend and sending record numbers of children to the U.S., the Associated Press reports.

Six years ago, when international adoption numbers peaked, Americans adopted 284 Ethiopian children among the total number of 22,990 foreign kids, the news provider said.

For the 2010 fiscal year, the State Department projects that there will be approximately 2,500 adoptions from Ethiopia, out of a total of fewer than 11,000 total.

Oct 7, 2010

A Florida appeals court has ruled to stop enforcing its ban on gay adoptions, saying the law was unconstitutional, the Associated Press reports.

Florida Governor Charlie Crist announced the decision recently after the 3rd District Court of Appeal upheld a 2008 ruling by a Miami-Dade judge who claimed there was no "rational basis" for the ban, and allowed Martin Gill and his male partner to adopt two young brothers, the news source said.

Crist told reporters that he was "very pleased" with the court's decision, adding "it's a great day for chil

Oct 1, 2010

The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute is awarding a national "Angel in Adoption" honor to a Florida woman who works for the state Department of Children and Families, according to the Florida Times-Union.

Nancy Dreicer, the Northeast regional director of the department, was nominated by Family Support Services of North Florida and will receive her award in Washington, according to the news provider.

Dreicer was ultimately selected by U.S.

Sep 21, 2010

The state of Florida has received more than $5.7 million of federal money for increasing the number of adoptions of children who are in foster care, the Associated Press reports.

According to the news provider, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said recently that Florida was one of 39 states that were rewarded for an increase in adoption numbers since the baseline year of 2007.

Sep 7, 2010

A Visalia, California, family's adoption of a child from Haiti could be finalized in less than a week, the Visalia Times-Delta reports.

Catherine and Kevin Downes could soon receive full guardianship of 2-year-old Benicio, who left Haiti after January's earthquake. The couple, which has been working on the adoption process since 2007, is expected to have their custody approved by a Tulare County, California, Superior Court judge, the news source said.