The big picture: International adoptions fall in U.S.

Domestic adoptions are back to the same level they were before the financial crisis, but adoptions of children from foreign countries continued to decline in 2017 — down from 22,989 adoptions in 2004 to 4,714 in 2017.

Data: Department Of Health & Human Services, Department of State; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Between the lines: This drop comes mostly due to changes in policy in Russia, China and the Democratic Republic of Congo over the past several years, where a majority of international kids adopted by the U.S. come from.

Kansas to allow adoption groups to reject LGBT couples

Kansas governor Jeff Colyer will sign a bill that would allow discrimination against adopting gay couples. Mark Reinstein/Corbis via Getty Images.
Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer supports the bill. Photo: Mark Reinstein/Corbis via Getty Images

Kansas lawmakers passed a bill Thursday allowing adoption agencies to turn away LGBT couples based on religious beliefs, reports the Kansas Wichitia Eagle.

Why it matters: Kansas is among several states passing similar legislation, and has opened up a larger debate over whether these efforts are discriminatory. While several critics say the bill is based on bias, supporters, like Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer, argue it will help create more opportunities for children to find a home.