Christmas in Bulgaria

The Christmas holiday is celebrated across many countries and cultures throughout the world.  Though it may be a common holiday, different cultures have their own traditions and beliefs related to Christmas.  If you celebrate this holiday in the U.S. you are probably familiar with things such as the nativity story, celebrating the birth of Christ, ...

How to Support International Adoption

All across the world, people are impacted by domestic and international adoption.   There is probably at least one person in your life who has adopted a child, placed a child for adoption, or has an adopted family member.  We do not always realize it, but it happens all around us.  Without adoption, whether that be ...

Why Parent Child Play Is Important For Children?

Play is one of the most important needs your child has.  As adults, we may have forgotten all the benefits and enjoyment we received from play during our much younger years.  An important part of play for young children is play with parents.  Children who have spent a significant amount of their early development in ...

Get to Know MLJ’s Social Services Assistant

My name is Natalie Zickmund and I joined MLJ Adoptions International in August of 2018 as an intern from IUPUI. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in social work in May of 2019, I joined MLJ as the Social Services Assistant. As the Social Services Assistant, I work with families on their preadoption education, tracking ...


For those of you who are engaged in international adoption, you are most likely gearing up to travel to your adoptive child’s homeland. Most likely, you have not been there before or perhaps you have never even traveled internationally, but I assure you an adventure awaits! To experience a new culture, customs, environment, language, foods, ...

ADOPTION GRANTS – for Almost Everyone

Camie Schuiteman, Family Resources Specialist for MLJ Adoptions, International Adoption funding is quite often the main hinderance which prevents families from committing to adoption. I understand that dilemma on a deep, personal level because we are an adoptive family. We could never have navigated our three adoptions without the assistance and sacrifice of others. Helping ...

Indiana RAPT Conference 2019

Every year Indiana’s Department of Child Services hosts a conference for adoptive and foster parents. This conference is known as the RAPT Conference which stands for Resource and Adoptive Parent Training.  It is rich in education and information for families who are involved in foster care, domestic adoption, as well as international adoption.  I was ...

National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption month, a time set aside each year to celebrate the uniqueness of families who have been formed through adoption.  Each adoptive parent and adoptee has their own special story regarding how their lives have been transformed through adoption.   Although November is a month set aside as a time to celebrate and ...
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