While adoptions remain an important option for many, the total number of adoptions has decreased in the last decade. In McHenry County, total adoptions from 2000 to 2011 had decreased from approximately 90 to approximately 30. Some possible reasons for the changes: additional restrictions leading to reductions in international adoptions, increase of economic and non-economic support for poor mothers, and economic recession limiting disposable income for what can be a relatively expensive process.
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