Did you know that hundreds of thousands of couples are looking to adopt each year?
According to the U.S. Department of State, from 1999-2012 there was a total of 242,602 adoptions. More than half of these were female and under the age of one year.
Adoption can be an expensive and a prolonged process depending on the services that you decide to enlist. For example, at The Cradle, an adoption agency in Illinois, the average waiting time is one year after you complete your home study.
How do you know which adoption agency to choose?
There are two equally important questions you should ask when considering adoption. First, what post-adoption services are available to you, your child and birth parent? And second, it's important to ask exactly what services you are going to get with the specific adoption agency that you choose.
President of The Cradle, Julie Tye, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss everything you need to know about adoption.