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  1. A lot of the adoption process is a waiting game, so many prospective adoptive parents consider decorating the nursery while they wait. Whether because they don't know what gender child they might end up adopting or because they wish to avoid gendered norms altogether, many adoptive parents prefer to focus on gender-neutral nursery themes. Below are some you might consider as you plan your child's nursery.

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  2. Reading together with your children is one of the best things you can do for them. However, it is sometimes hard for families that came together by adoption to find books that reflect their lives and experiences. To help make that part of parenting a little easier, we have assembled a list of books that you can read together with your adopted children. Also, be sure to check out these other books.

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  3. Finding the right adoption agency is a big decision. The agency you select will be responsible for helping connect you to a birthmother and guide you throughout the process of adopting, meaning you'll be working with them quite a bit. It's important to know what services the agency you're considering offers, how their staff is trained, how they communicate, and how long the average adoption wait through the agency is. Look up reviews from both adoptive families and birthmothers who have worked with the agency to be sure you're working with a company who treats everyone well and makes sure the birthmothers get the care they deserve. Below are some national adoption agencies you might consider as you begin your search.

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    When you begin researching adoption, it's likely that price is one of the first things you look into. Adoption is notoriously expensive, to the point that the numbers discourage many from trying to adopt in the first place. However, if you want to add a member to your family through adoption, there are quite a few fundraising options you might consider.

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  5. Filling out an adoption application is exciting; it is often the first step beyond decision-making that you take in the adoption process that will end in meeting your new family member. While many adoption agencies start you off with a brief get-to-know-you sort of application, a more thorough questionnaire soon follows, and it is helpful to know what to expect when the time comes to fill that out. More than just a name and address form, this application helps show your worthiness and readiness as parents and prove to the authorities involved in approving adoptions that you can provide a safe and stable home for a child. Below are some of the items you can expect to be asked about while filling out your adoption application.

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