We have 2 biological children, adopted 2 beautiful babies from Guatemala, and are raising our niece -- 4 girls and 1 boy! We are interested in adopting a bi-racial, Hispanic or African American little boy and were wanting to know if you place children that are not infants - possibly 6 months to 18 months and, if so, what are the fee's?

The IAC mostly does newborn adoptions. Occasionally we will place a child up to 3 years old, but it is rare that we place a child older than newborn. The IAC only does voluntary adoption plans in which the birthparent makes the adoption plan and chooses the adoptive family. This matching process is almost always done before the baby is born.

If you are interested in adopting an older child or sibling group, you need to work with an agency who places children from the foster care system. These agencies have older children and sibling groups who need adoptive homes. They usually do not charge any fees.

You can call your County Department of Social Services (some states call it the Department of Youth and Family Services) and ask about their foster/adopt program. You can also ask them what non-profit agencies in their county have foster/adopt programs.