ADOPT as an Acronym


As a college student, I have found one of the best ways to study and memorize material is by creating my own acronyms, or mnemonics. Most of us use acronyms everyday… whether it’s texting “LOL” for laughing out loud, or using “Roy G Biv” to remember the colors of the rainbow. The adoption process can be long and intimidating, and require you to remember a lot of information – just as many of my final exams were this semester. So I created this acronym to help you remember how to get through your journey!


A – Awareness

MLJ staff is ready and willing to answer any questions you may have, but doing some research before you start the adoption process can be very beneficial. Familiarizing yourself with different terms and organizations will help you be better prepared for when the time comes to officially start your adoption. For example, get an idea of what all goes into preparing a home study or which documents you may need for a dossier so there aren’t any big surprises. A great way to learn about all things adoption is to check out our daily blogs.


D – Dedication

Dedication and perseverance are key elements to getting through the adoption process. It can be financially, emotionally, mentally, and physically tough on your entire family. We have plenty of support service options to assist your needs. Try using our forum to keep in touch with other families going through the process, or join a support group. Stay strong and don’t give up! Keep in mind what you are working towards… bringing home a beautiful child into a new forever family!


O – Open-mindedness

One thing MLJ asks of our clients is to keep a very open mind! You may have originally wanted to adopt an infant, but you may want to consider adopting an older child or sibling group as it can expedite the referral process. The same goes for special needs children as well. Remember that some children who are considered special needs have minor and correctable needs.To learn more about our Special Needs Program, please contact Amy Moore.

P – Preparation

One of the best ways to prepare for adoption is through education. MLJ offers educational classes, training, and counseling to prepare for parenting an adopted child. We offer classes both face-to-face and online, and have a variety of topics to suit your educational needs. For a full list of course offerings, click here.


T – Transition

Once you bring your child home, the best thing to have is realistic expectations. It’s easy to dream about how perfect and wonderful things will be when you arrive home with your child, but the reality is that there will be a transition and adjustment period for both you and your child, and can sometimes be rough. Our Preparation & Adjustment class does a great job of preparing you by covering topics such as information about the impact on a child of leaving familiar ties and surroundings as appropriate to the expected age of the child, effects of stress in children, stress management, and initial adjustment. Remember that there are other families who are going through, or have gone through, the same situation as you. Get involved and stay connected in the adoption community after you adoption is complete by participating in support groups!

So there you have it, to ADOPT always remember: Awareness, Dedication, Open-mindedness, Preparation, and Transition, and good luck on your journey!


For more information about MLJ Adoptions’ international adoption programs, please click here.

Jordan Kelly is a graduate of the Kelley School of Business where she majored in Marketing. As an assistant at MLJ Adoptions, Jordan does everything from event planning and managing social media, to writing blogs and designing advertisements.