2,933 adoptions from the states have been submitted to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, according to a study by the nonprofit organization Families United for Adoption.
That’s up from 1,908 in the previous fiscal year.
The adoption rate has been on a steady decline over the past decade.
Families United released the study on Thursday.
The nonprofit group, founded in 2011 by former President Barack Obama, aims to foster family connections among adoptive parents and foster children.
The group’s research indicates that states with the best adoption outcomes tend to have higher rates of adoptions than those with the worst.
The study is the first to examine the adoption rate for states that have adopted adoption papers.
While adoption rates for the nation have risen, there are some states with higher adoption rates than others, according a report by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Adoption Council.
The report examined adoption rates in 18 states in 2010 and identified seven states with adoption rates above 80 percent.
The U.K. is the only other U.N. member country to have adopted adoptions as the nation’s largest economy.
The top five states are New York, Texas, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Maryland.
“States with high adoption rates tend to do a better job of promoting family connections and foster care,” said Stephanie Smith, the institute’s president and CEO.
“Adoption rates have been improving in the U