Most people who want to adopt have heard the common rumors that it is difficult and expensive to adopt a child, mostly because of the scarcity of available children. To a great extent, both of these rumors are based on partial information, and have been grossly overstated.
The bottom line, pure and simple, is that those who sit back and wait for an adoption opportunity to drop into their laps will seldom have an opportunity to adopt. This then allows them to become a living example of what they feel is the truth of these negative rumors.
In contrast, those who take a consistent and proactive approach to adoption will find adoption opportunities much sooner and much more often than those who don't. It also appears that proactive couples end up being far more satisfied with their personal involvement in the adoption process. Just like any other process, those who are well educated in how the process works become more comfortable with their involvement, become more efficient and effective in its use, and come out the other end of the process with a greater satisfaction and success.
Those who are not timid about letting others know that they want to adopt, and that they are homestudy-ready right now, will be far more successful in the adoption process than those who are timid or tentative about their desire to adopt.