ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Catholic Charities in the Diocese of St. Cloud, Minnesota, has announced the closing of its adoption and pregnancy counseling services.
The St. Cloud Times reports that the agency only placed two children in adoptive homes in 2015.
Local 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, and about 20 per year in the 1990s.
Historically low teen pregnancy rates and greater acceptance of single parenting has meant less need for the services.
The nonprofit follows in the footsteps of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, which also closed its services this year.