Adoption: The Baby Chase

No one ever said adoption was easy -- but as the market tightens and competition soars, options for parents are more intricate than ever

In the sixth month of her pregnancy, "Nicole," 27, picked a set of parents for her baby out of a black loose-leaf binder. It was a thick album filled with letters and pictures of couples in search of a child. Jan and Dick Evans, like nearly everyone else in the book, posed smiling with their dog. "We want, in sum, to provide your child with all the benefits our own health, love and success can offer -- not to spoil, but to share," they wrote. Nicole liked that.

Over the next few weeks she visited their house, saw the baby's room....

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