Imagine for one moment your child went missing. Surely you would expect no stone to be left unturned to find them - even if took six months, a year, two, even more.
Adopting a child is supposed to be a joyous event, but for some mothers it is far from a Hallmark moment.
He has buried about 10 children. Some died in his arms.
Five years ago firefighter Marc Hadden took an emergency call that changed his life.
It was National Adoption Day when Christine Blaine showed up to watch judges sign the adoption papers.
A mother has written an emotional letter to her daughters to commemorate the day of their adoption.
"It took his left-behind toothbrush to undo me," writes foster carer Rachel Hillestad in a post to the Love What Matters Facebook page.
As the Dutch government considers halting intercountry adoptions, Australia has signed agreements with three new countries in the past year.
I have been through the adoption process twice now and I know that I am indeed one of the more fortunate ones.
Kaley Carling and her husband had dreamed of having a family to call their own for many years.
"We are so grateful for Brax, and if it weren't for Dewey we wouldn't have met. It gave purpose to Dewey's short life."
Got a spare shed at your work? It could be heaven-sent for a desperate group of Perth foster mums.
If being a mum is defined solely on presence, I qualify.