While some may find the process daunting at first, there is a growing need for international adoption. One couple in KOTA Territory is adopting a baby from Ethiopia.
Tina and Erick Jensen have three children, and for the first time they are in the process of adopting a baby. Tina has known she has wanted to adopt since she was a teen.
"When I was about 16 we took a mission trip to Pine Ridge Indian reservation and I just saw all of the beautiful children and I was like, 'oh wow I want to adopt someday,'" said Tina Jensen.
The Jensen's are in the final stages of adopting an Ethiopian baby.
"The minute you see that picture you are connected. It was the neatest most beautiful thing ever," said Tina Jensen.
At Catholic Social Services the domestic infant program has declined over the years and more families are opting for international adoption.
"The trend has changed where people are focused more on international adoptions as well as special needs adoptions and I think that speaks to the need. That there is a waiting list for children with special needs," said Natalie Lecy, of Catholic Social Services.
The Jensens say the cost of adoption can be daunting, but they've been able to raise money.
"We just cut that $40,000 in half. So don't ever let the money stop you from adopting," said Tina Jensen.
The Jensens say you have to know you want to adopt.
"You've got to have a lot of patience and a lot of faith. It's something you don't take lightly you got to want it 100 percent," said Erick Jensen.
Catholic Social Services in Rapid City is currently accepting applications for domestic and international adoption programs. For more information, call them at 348–6086.