TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - State officials say adoptions of Florida foster children dropped in 2009-10 after two record years.
The fiscal year ending June 30 saw 3,368 foster children adopted.
That's 409 fewer than the record 3,777 for the prior year. It's still more, though, than before Florida began a public awareness campaign three years ago.
Gov. Charlie Crist on Wednesday credited the Explore Adoption campaign for the two record years. Crist spokesman Sterling Ivey said officials are unsure why the past year was off.
Ivey said the faltering economy and a smaller pool of children may have been factors.
The number of foster children available on any given day has dropped from about 1,000 to 850 since the awareness program began.