It is wonderful that you are considering adoption! There are thousands of children, in the United States, who are in need of a nurturing, caring, and understanding forever home. I, myself, have adopted children through the foster care system, and am always excited to share my experience with others.
One of the misperceptions about adoption, is that it always costs the adoptive family or individual thousands of dollars to adopt. When you adopt through the foster care system, or even through some private agencies, you will be provided with an attorney and there are no adoption fees. In fact, you can negotiate with the state to receive a monthly, tax-free stipend to help with the needs of the child or children that you are adopting.
To begin your search for adoptable children in your area, start by calling your state's child welfare department to find out what you need to do to begin the adoption process. Ask them where you can begin your search for a child or children, who would be a good match for your family and lifestyle. If you have a "Heart Gallery" in your area, give them a call. The "Heart Gallery" organization is a wonderful resource for individuals who are looking to adopt.
There are many wonderful books on adoption, and I would encourage you to learn as much as you can about the inherent issues that come with adoption, the often-present issues of children in the foster care system, and the many resources that are available to help adoptive families succeed.
Best wishes to you as you explore adoption!