November celebrates National Adoption Month across the country. The month focuses on raising awareness about adoption, educating communities about the challenges and myths around adopting children, and draws attention to thousands of children in foster care who need good homes. If you’re thinking about adopting a child: Educate yourself on common adoption myths and how to make the process the easiest for you Know that on average, it takes a year from the time you contact an adoption agency to the time a child is placed with you Remember there are several steps in the adoption process, including: completing an adoption home study, getting approved, and being matched with a child Have appropriate expectations and avoid judgments based on information you’ve read. Learn more about adoption in the United States .

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What You Should Know About Adoption