Mormon church will no longer operate adoption business

Associate Press/June 17, 2014

Salt Lake City The social services arm of the Mormon church has said it will no longer operate a full-service adoption agency -- but it will, however, shift resources toward adoption-related counseling.

Officials with LDS Family Services made the announcement Tuesday, saying the change would provide would-be parents with more opportunities to adopt.

David McConkie, who manages the organization's services for children, tells The Salt Lake Tribune the traditional adoption agency model wasn't working for LDS Family Services. He said fewer women are putting their children up for adoption these days, likely because the stigma of being an unwed mother has subsided.

Family Services has been placing 200 to 300 children per year, down from a peak of 665 in 2002.

Officials tell KSL-TV that the decision is not driven by pressure to facilitate adoptions for same-sex couples.

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