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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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  4. Choosing to place your child for adoption can lead to many conflicting feelings. The birth parent might struggle with what they’re feeling after they’ve placed their child for adoption, or might be are struggling with the decision of whether they should place their child. Here are some YouTube channels that tell of a birth mother’s story and help offer birthmom support.

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  5. Having an adoption hospital plan in place can help make the birthing experience a much more enjoyable one for both the adoptive family and the birthmother. While it is important for all involved to maintain some level of flexibility, as medical issues may arise that necessitate a change in plans, having a plan in place can help all involved feel more prepared and help you know what the expectations are going into the big day. Below are some tips on how to make the most of creating this plan.

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