REPUBLIC, Mo -- A family family is celebrating its new addition during National Adoption Awareness Month. The family was lucky. After being on a waiting list for only three months, they had a daughter.
This family opted for a domestic child adoption. The waiting time can be a lot longer for other families.
"We decided we wanted to have kids, so we started trying," Alicia said. "We tried for about a year."
A year later, there were no results and no child.
"It was really hard for a while."
While discouraged, Alicia and her husband, Nate, refused to give up and turned to adoption.
"I think it was actually a little bit easier for me," Nate said. "My family has a past of adoption."
"We both always wanted to be parents and not having kids was not an option for us," Alicia said.
They decided to start the process for a domestic infant adoption.
"They had this dream of having an infant biologically through pregnancy and that dream didn't come true," said Regina Smith with Lutheran Family and Children's Services of Missouri. "But they still want that experience of parenting an infant."