You may have a longer wait if you specifically want one sex or the other. Your wait will be shorter if you are open to other races (as you said) or health issues. We adopted both of our children as infants with the help of Catholic Charities. Our DD came home from the hospital with us, and DS came home to us at 4 weeks old (because he had been taken from the hospital by CPS and placed in a foster home at first). Both kids were significantly drug-exposed, and both are healthy. DD has had some behavioral issues and DS has some developmental issues, mainly in speech.
You should learn all you can about the various routes to adopting domestically - foster-adopt, private with an agency, private with an adoption attorney, etc. Be prepared for lots of intrusive questions and a mountain of paperwork. It's all worth it in the end, though. Best of luck to you!
at 9:49 PM on Dec. 28, 2011