From marrying and having children to hanging with (or avoiding) relatives and making friends, how we determine the folks we count as family is as varied as our society. This means we can establish our family through multiple ways -- such as adoption, an increasingly mainstream choice.
In fact, within the United States in 2009, 2.3 percent of men and 1.1 percent of women were looking to adopt, and 1 out of every 3 women has at least thought about adopting. Even today's major U.S. companies have given a nod to adoption; an estimated 50 percent have implemented some form of assistance [source: Adoptive Families Magazine].
However, as common as adoption may be, there are still several prevailing myths related to the adoption process -- be it from fictional accounts or more sensational stories grabbing news headlines. When you compound these myths with the number of decisions and steps during the adoption process, it can be stressful for those people seeking to grow their family.
One way to kick some of that stress to the curb? Get the facts. Read on for the ins and outs of the adoption process.