- Associated Press - Thursday, September 1, 2016

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Catholic Charities in the Diocese of St. Cloud has announced the closing of its adoption and pregnancy counseling services.

The St. Cloud Times (http://on.sctimes.com/2bCsMjX ) reports that the agency only placed two children in adoptive homes in 2015.

Agency executive director Steve Bresnahan says adoption through his organization has been on a downward trend for 20 to 25 years. In the 1980s, the agency placed about 30 children in adoptive homes each year.

Historically low teen pregnancy rates and greater acceptance of single parenting has meant less need for the services.

According to Bresnahan, the charity evaluated its use of resources and decided to focus on other areas.

The agency says it will maintain adoption records for now, including details of birth parents, and facilitate future information requests.

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Information from: St. Cloud Times, http://www.sctimes.com

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