In 2011, the law regarding adoption in Illinois changed, letting thousands of people see their original birth certificates.
Around the world, there are about 18 million orphans looking for homes. They're at risk for disease, malnutrition and, sometimes death.
Adoption can be challenging and rewarding. There are risks, but it can be worth it.
Maybe you're considering adoption because you aren't able to have children or you just want to expand your family.
ILLINOIS -- November is Adoption Awareness Month and many want to get the word out.
volunteer orientation which will be Wed. 8/20 from 6-7pm at the Champaign Public Library (16 yrs + can just show up, no reservation or advance notice req'd).
We are joined by the Douglas County Animal Shelter to give us some information on their adoption policies and to showcase some of their available pets.
Mike Atchison of Vermilion County Animal Shelter joins us to talk about upcoming events and give us some information on adoption prices and more.
The Champaign County Humane Society joins us with a special guest, Gumball. There's information on how to adopt him or any of the other animals at the Champaign County Humane Society yours.
SPRINGFIELD -- People who've been adopted can now get life-saving information from birth families.
URBANA -- The Champaign County Humane Society is hoping you take home a "luv-a-bull" pet for Valentine's Day.
DANVILLE -- A few families went home with new mouths to feed.
MONTICELLO -- Some Ethiopian leaders want to stop foreign adoptions from happening in their country.
SPRINGFIELD -- Thousands of families turn to adoption when they want to start a family, so the state is cracking down on an agency it says is operating illegally.
ILLINOIS -- Another successful reunion thanks to Illinois' legislation.
DANVILLE -- Adopting a pet from the Vermilion County Animal Shelter will cost a little more.
SPRINGFIELD -- The international adoption process can take months or years, but advocates hope to speed it up.
NORMAL -- Blind and deaf dogs, with nowhere to go, will now be working with psychology students at Illinois State University.
ST. JOSEPH -- Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a new law that bans Americans from adopting Russian children.
URBANA -- With Christmas just around the corner, some people may be thinking about giving a four-legged gift.
SPRINGFIELD- A new adoption agency is taking over for Catholic Charities. The religious group lost its contract with the state last year after it refused to work with unwed and same sex couples.
A change to the Civil Unions Law is being proposed in Springfield.