Finding children up for adoption is simple. What is difficult is deciding what adoption route is right for you and your family. This means understanding your desire to adopt, the kind of resources you can offer as well as the kind of children who are available for placement in adoptive homes.
The children available for adoption can be placed independently or privately by a birth mother, publicly through the foster care system, or internationally via agency facilitation. People choose to adopt internationally or infant-aged children for a variety of reasons. Maybe they're first-time parents or are coming to the adoption community as a means to give a child in a developing country a chance at life in a more opportune nation. Adoptable children come from all walks of life, from unplanned pregnancies, war-torn or disease-affected communities, to tumultuous home lives and multiple foster care placements.
Finding children up for adoption is aided by tools such as a photolisting in a local paper. Photolistings contain photos of adoptable children with brief bios. They help connect adopters with public agencies. If a couple is working independently, they can consult an attorney or facilitator for help with placements. With international agencies, placement may not even occur until a couple is in the child's country of origin and in the process of finalizing an adoption and the child's visa.