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    International adoptions plummet globally

    The number of international adoptions has plummeted to its lowest point in 15 years, a drop attributed largely to crackdowns against selling babies, a sputtering world economy and efforts by countries to place more children with domestic families.

  • **FILE** Children waiting for adoptions are seen June 12, 2006, in a house held by a lawyer specialized in adoptions in Guatemala City, Guatemala. (Associated Press)

    International adoptions plummet globally

    The number of international adoptions has plummeted to its lowest point in 15 years, a steep decline attributed largely to crackdowns against baby-selling, a sputtering world economy and efforts by countries to place more children with domestic families.

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