Photo listings of children awaiting adoption are available on AdoptUSKids. In additional to a nationwide list of waiting children with photographs, the site offers links to state and regional photo listings, including the Northwest Adoption Exchange, which lists photographs of children from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska.
States do not list all their available foster children on the websites. Some foster families adopt children that the state places with them, minimizing the child's wait. With other children, a worker makes a family match using applications submitted by potential parents. However, children over age 6, sibling groups and special needs children are typically more difficult to place in an adoptive home.
In most cases, the state does not require the parent to be wealthy, own a home or provide a stay-at-home parent to adopt. Being a military family does not prevent the adoption of a child. State laws regarding same-sex couples adopting vary by state, but most do not have laws against such placements.
Adoption assistance is available to help with the expenses of adopting a child. This assistance helps to cover the legal fees associated with the adoption process; the amount varies by state. With special needs children from foster care, some families qualify for monthly adoption assistance to help cover the cost of recurring expenses.