When my partner and I talked about starting a family, we had a lot of choices to make. We chose adoption for a number of reasons. Artificial insemination is rather expensive, and neither of us felt a strong need to have a biological connection to our child. We chose domestic adoption, also, in part because of the high cost of international adoption, and also because we both had the sentiment that there were kids here in the U.S. in need of homes. Finally, we decided that—being an interacial couple—we would adopt an African American or biracial child. What we discovered along the way is that the adoption costs were less and the waiting period shorter because while there's no shortage of African American children waiting to be adopted, there's a great shortage of American families willing to adopt them.