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  Adoption 22 July 2004  
Image: mother and child. Click through to find out why some women are desperate for a biological child
Why women reject it in favour of having a biological child

The number of women undergoing fertility treatment has gone up by over 500% since 1986.  From next April infertile women under 40 will be offered one cycle of IVF on the NHS. This means that those numbers are likely to increase. 

But when there are so many children in care desperate for a loving home why don’t more women choose adoption?  And why do women continue to try for so long for their own child, rather than consider adoption?

Woman's Hour: IVF
BBC Onelife: Adoption practicalities
BBC Parenting: Adoption
BBC Medical Notes: IVF
Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority


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