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If this is your first experience with adoption, it is important to learn as much as you can about it. This includes the search process, legal process and the permanent family commitment. Approximately 120,000 children are adopted each year in the United States. Children from infancy to 18 are in need of adoptive parents. These children may have many reasons for not being raised by their biological parents, but they all are in need of loving forever families. Potential adoptive parents can have many reasons for wanting to adopt which may or may not involve infertility. Although the largest group of adopters is step-parents, about half of the adoptions completed each year are by non-relatives.