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Foreign countries where Americans adopted children in 2009

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10 Kazakhstan - 295 - This is the highest number of adoptions from Kazakhstan in the past five years. In 2008, there were just 78 children adopted by Americans. An orphanage in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan is seen in this 2002 photo. Over the past five years, international adoptions by Americans have declined from a high of nearly 23,000 to less than 13,000 per year. Scandals have produced a chillier global adoption climate, with stricter government controls – and many orphans around the world. Read more about the current international adoption climate below:

PHOTO: Nikolai Kuznetsov/ITAR-TASS/Newscom/File

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