A nationwide decline in foster home spots has led to dire situations around the country. In rural northeastern Nevada, officials resorted to housing children in casino hotels for short stints.
A newborn was surrendered recently under a program that lets people give up an unwanted infant anonymously. There are dozens of baby boxes scattered across the U.S., but the practice is controversial.
Ukraine was the leading country Americans adopted from, but it halted adoptions this year after Russia's invasion. Now many families and children are in limbo.
Paul Petersen was sentenced for his role in an international smuggling scheme trafficking pregnant women from the Marshall Islands to the U.S. for the purpose of having their babies adopted.
Americans overseas trying to complete international adoptions have urged the government to expedite their children's visas so they can return as a family.
South Korea was once the largest source of children for international adoptions. Now some adoptees are building ties with birth family members. Critics say South Korean adoption laws need improvement.
At age 19, Janie Bush gave birth to a daughter with a life-threatening condition and gave her up for adoption. After 12 years, Janie reconnected with Tracey Bush, who has since made a full recovery.
Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen has been arrested for allegedly transporting dozens of women from the Marshall Islands to give birth for adoptions. Authorities accuse him of human smuggling.
The journalist, author and former NPR host speaks out about her painful quest for motherhood: "There's a lot of emotional blood on the floor."