MINNEAPOLIS - Each year there are about 110,000 adoptions in the U.S.
But that number is dwindling because of several daunting trends facing those who want to adopt.
All three couples gathering in one Minneapolis living room are hoping to adopt.
“Ostensibly it was to be a book group,” laughs David Ostenso Moore. “But really it’s to provide support for those who are in the same situation.”
These friends provide support and share ideas for getting their names out there - from personalized playing cards to websites.
Those strategies are recommended by nonprofit agency Adoption Minnesota.
“That's where you get your birth moms. And that's where the placements come from,” Adoption Minnesota executive director Lynn Ricchio said of adoptive parents maintaining an online presence.
And it's even more important now, as the number of placements nationwide drop.
A new Associated Press report details how the number of adoptions is down 15 percent in the last 10 years, mostly because of restrictions in countries like Russia and China leading to fewer international matches.
But the number of potential parents in America hoping to adopt hasn't gone down, meaning they must wait even longer now and often pay even more money.
Which is why to save money, Adoption Minnesota encourages word of mouth and social media campaigns.
“We don't want it just to be for wealthy people, we want anyone to be able to do an adoption,” Ricchio said.
The bottom line is that right now there are more parents out there wishing to adopt than there are children ready for them to bring home.
But these future parents aren't giving up hope.
“Adoption is about waiting and about hoping,” said Anna Ostenso Moore.
Parents hoping to adopt have an average wait time of 22 months in Minnesota.