Gender selection in adoption is just what it sounds like – telling your adoption agency you are only willing to adopt a child of one gender or the other. This is somewhat unique to adoption, as you don't get to gender select when you have a biological child. However, if you decide to gender select, you must anticipate a much longer wait time than normal. The reason for this is because you are not only not being shown to birth moms who are having a child of the gender you do not prefer, but you are also not being shown to the birth moms who don't know what gender their child is. You are eliminating yourself from over half the potential situations that might come through your agency. We tell our families who gender select to expect to wait an average of 18 months to 2 years, rather than our average of one year. You need to be aware that some agencies will not allow you to gender select, so if that's what you really want to do you'll probably have to shop around a little. Below I've posted a link to an interesting article that highlights a study on gender selection in adoption.