There are many infants and children available for adoption with organizations like Lifetime Adoption. They have primarily newborns to toddlers available, with some sibling groups and twins as well. These children come from all ethnic backgrounds, but are primarily Caucasian, Hispanic, African American, Native American, or a blend of those races. Most of these babies and children have not been exposed to substances, but if they have, the most common is cigarettes. Before making decisions about what you would or would not be open to considering, it is important to research the effects of substances on a child.
Through other organizations, like your county or the foster system, the kids available for adoption will typically be older, often five years to 18 years of age. Many are part of a larger sibling group, who have not been relinquished voluntarily, but who have been removed from their parents’ home by Child Protective Services.
The best way to start is to ask questions and do your research. Determine what you’re open to in your preferences for adopting a child. Before you adopt, be sure that you are prepared mentally, physically, financially, and emotionally. You should be over the age of 21, have a stable job and income, and be able to prove that you can provide insurance and a loving home.