When you're preparing for an older child adoption, it's smart to register for all the gear you need ahead of time. We have heard from adoptive families who created a wish list or online registry at Amazon.
Then, once they're traveling for adoption, friends and family can purchase needed items from their list. These items can be shipped to their home or their hotel when they know they'll need them. This allows adoptive couples to enjoy the excitement of registering, but avoid having all those items sitting around while they wait to be chosen by a birth mother.
Lifetime has built this adoption shopping checklist, so you can be sure you have all the needed essentials for adopting an older child. You can see our suggestions for an infant adoption registry in our previous post, Adoption Registry: Shopping Checklist for Parents-in-Waiting.