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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.

Be Proactive:
  1. Getting Started with Adoption
  2. How Many People Choose Adoption?
  3. Is Adoption Right for You?
  4. Adoption Self-Assessment Quiz
  5. Which Children Are Available for Adoption?
  6. Sibling Groups
  7. Who Can Adopt?
  8. Qualification Requirements for Adopting Parents
  9. Your Adoption Options
  10. Agency Adoption
  11. Private (or Independent) Adoption
  12. Options in Independent Adoption
  13. Adoption Facilitators
  14. International Adoption
  15. Foster Adoption
  16. Stepparent Adoption
  17. Transracial Adoption
  18. Special Needs Adoption
  19. Military Adoption
  20. Making an Adoption Plan
  21. Selecting an Adoption Professional
  22. Getting an Adoption Homestudy
  23. Adoption Costs
  24. Why Do Costs Seem So High?
  25. Help Handling the Costs of Adoption
  26. The Adoption Tax Credit
  27. Adoption Subsidies
  28. Employer Adoption Benefits
  29. Networking & Networking Tools
  30. Legal Issues in Adoption
  31. Evaluating Adoption Risks
  32. Open Adoption
  33. Breastfeeding the Adopted Child
  34. Coping With the Wait
  35. Glossary of Terms
  36. Recommended Reading
  37. Conclusion
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