Hi, and welcome to the board! There's so much to learn when you first start looking into adoption, it can be overwhelming. I'm hoping the following can be of some use to you.
I think books like "Adoption for Dummies" or "The Complete Idiot's Guide To Adoption" are a great place to get started. They provide lots of basic information on adoption, the different types, the process, and how to research an agency. Another good book is "The Complete Adoption Book." Any of these will help you decide which type of adoption best ?fits? your family.
If you then decide that domestic adoption is right for your family, you?ll need to find a good agency. I highly recommend researching any agency you are considering to make sure it abides by ethical standards. For domestic agencies, a great place to look them up is on the yahoo group called "AARD" (Adoption Agency Research ? Domestic). That group is dedicated to giving honest feedback on agencies. You can ask about the agencies you are interested in directly, and also search their archives and files.
If you choose international, you?ll then need to pick from which country. The US Department of State's website lists the requirements to adopt from each country (https://snipurl.com/2patx). Once you've made your country choice, you'll need to find an agency that has a program specializing in adoptions from that country. The yahoo group "Adoption Agency Research" is a phenomenal resource for vetting agencies, and works the same way as ?AARD.?