Adoption: Special Needs
Unfortunately, being certain that adoption is right for you and being as prepared and qualified as possible will not ensure that you get a baby to adopt. Adopting an infant today isn't as easy as it used to be. In the first half of the 1900's there were more babies needing to be adopted than there were families to take them (p. 987).7 That changed in the 1970's. Abortion was legalized, birth control became more available, and single parenting became more socially acceptable. Fewer and fewer healthy babies were available for adoption. At the same time more people began having trouble conceiving because they were waiting until an older age to start a family (p. 488).11This created more demand for babies to adopt than there were babies available.
Bailey, Tanya and Duncan, Stephen F., "Adoption: Special Needs" (2018). Forever Families. 32.