Son, you’re adopted. Depending on the agency you are using adoption can take a few months or a few years. Adoptions from other countries are subject to the home country’s law (and in many cases, are made purposefully difficult). Foster programs that lean toward adoption have varying levels of strict regulations, classes, and interviews prior to acceptance. There are millions of children within the state and county juvenile court systems that need the care of a good home. In any situation, be prepared for a large amount of paperwork and waiting.