Category - MLJ Adoptions

11
Oct

MLJ Adoptions International Urges You to Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15th to October 15th each year, we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. This celebration began in 1968 so America could recognize the many contributions, diverse cultures and amazing histories of the countries from which many of our American Citizen’s ancestors immigrated. Although this started as a weekly celebration in 1968, it was extended ...
11
Oct

Photo of the Week!

8
Oct

The Jolly String Quartet

In August I took my much-needed summer vacation. Part of my vacation was spent in Nashville, Tennessee to see my son who currently resides there.  As we always do, we decided to have dinner at Puckett’s Restaurant in Franklin, Tennessee, one of our favorite eateries. During dinner we were being entertained by a musical group ...
7
Oct

Valuing the Biological Family Connection

The culture of adoption is much different today than it was several years ago. Today there is more of an openness in adoption (especially in domestic adoptions) and more adopted children now have a connection or relationship with their birth family. However, the idea of telling the adopted child their story and having an open ...
4
Oct

Photo of the Week!

2
Oct

Preparing for Your Child Home

Adopting a child can be a stressful path for any family. It can be quite exhausting and full of unknowns. Since adoption not only affects the adoptive parents, but everyone living in the household as well, it is important to not only prepare as adoptive parents but prepare the children living in the home as ...
1
Oct

Continuing in advocating for the adoption of older children from Ukraine below is another successful story from one of our MLJ Families:

Is adoption hard and scary?  Yes, it is!  However, it is hard and scary for the child too!  My husband and I decided to host a child before an international adoption.  It took some of the fear out of the process.  Now granted you cannot learn everything about a child in a few short weeks, ...
27
Sep

Photo of the Week!

24
Sep

Adopting older children from Ukraine

Last week I received a call from one of our MLJ families, who finalized their adoption from Ukraine about five years ago. They adopted their daughter when she was almost 16 years old. Today she is a 21-year-old successful young lady, completing her third year of college and speaking four languages fluently. She already chose ...
23
Sep

10 Things You Need to Know About International Adoption

In many ways, International adoption is much different than domestic adoption. There are third parties involved in international adoption that make the process much more complicated than domestic adoption. MLJ Adoptions is here to assist you throughout your adoption journey with any questions that you may have. Here are 10 things you should know about ...
20
Sep

Photo of the Week!

18
Sep

Walt Disney and Adoption

With summer coming just around the corner, you may be wanting to plan a vacation with your family. Perhaps you are thinking about somewhere with a beach, an amusement park, or even Disney World- a place filled with endless joy and happiness, especially for the young kiddos. We can trace this Disney World back to ...
17
Sep

Happy Independence Day Bulgaria!

MLJ Adoptions International’s largest program is the Bulgaria program. We love this country and the Bulgarian people.  Bulgarian’s take pride in their home and their country’s independence.  It is rich in culture and traditions that we love to learn more about and honor as best we can.  History The first celebration of Bulgarian Independence occurred ...
13
Sep

Photo of the Week!

12
Sep

YOUR ROLE WITH YOUR CHILD’S EDUCATION IS CRITICAL

It is Back-to-School-Time yet again! Although school schedules vary among regions and school systems, retail and discount stores are now abundantly stocked with necessary notebooks, pencils, erasers, book bags, crayons, and ruled paper, to name a few, knowing you will be preparing for the new school year. MLJ Adoptions International wants to help you make ...
9
Sep

Legislation to Make Adoption Affordable

Adoption, whether international or domestic can be a struggle for our bank accounts. There are so many third parties and documentation that is required to be completed for an adoption, as well as other factors, which drives up the cost of adoption. In an effort to assist adoptive families, there are three senators that are ...
6
Sep

Photo of the Week!

4
Sep

Not Love at First Sight

Once matched with a child through international adoption many parents look at the pictures and comb through the information about their referred child (often for months), dreaming about the day they will finally meet and become this child’s mom or dad. Parents often even convince themselves through a single photo that they already love this ...
3
Sep

MLJ Welcomes New Social Services Director

Debbie Jasper joined MLJ Adoptions International in July of 2019 as the new Director of Social Services.  Debbie received her undergraduate degree from Ball State University with a major in social work and later completed her graduate degree at Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis where she earned a master’s degree in Social Work.  Debbie ...
30
Aug

Photo of the Week!

29
Aug

USING THE IEP PROCESS TO HELP YOUR ADOPTED CHILD NAVIGATE SCHOOL PROBLEMS

With students beginning to again start another school year, some parents may already be dreading the potential behavioral and academic problems their child is likely to face in the classroom. Getting notes from the teacher describing their child as “defiant”, “oppositional” or “behaving poorly” are nothing any parent wants to receive. Being told their child ...
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