Category - Resources

6
Nov

Need Funds for your Adoption? What about an Auction?

An auction uses competitive bidding process to reach the highest price for the sale of a good. Many non-profits and charities use auctions to raise monies for their worthy causes. Adoptive parents can also use this method to raise money for their international adoptions. Whether you are adopting from Haiti or Ukraine, your adoption services ...
1
Nov

Kicking off National Adoption Awareness Month

National Adoption Month kicks off in November and highlights the importance of finding adoptive families for all of those children who are in need of forever families! National Adoption Month started out as only being Adoption Week, but was expanded to an entire month of awareness because all of that importance and information could not ...
31
Oct

Heartland Film Stuck Strikes An Emotional Cord With Adoptive Parents

I’m a crier. Ask my husband, my mom, anyone really. I’ve been known to tear up at a Hallmark commercial, the series finale to a great show (Lost anyone?), and since I’ve started my adoption journey just about anything to do with adoption brings on the waterworks (I mean, really, who didn’t cry when Meredith ...
30
Oct

Adoption Ministry

Adoption and ministry go hand in hand. Adoption is something so big that you can’t do it on your own so adoptive parents are dependent on the ministry of others to help support them through the process. And the needs of orphans are so great that no one ministry or church can care for them ...
25
Sep

The Dad Perspective

One of our clients reached out to us about this awesome podcast idea he had and we just had to share! It’s a great way for dads to get involved, and will be a fantastic resource and support for everyone. Below is his description of where he thinks the podcast is headed. We’ll keep you ...
24
Sep

Adoption Tax Credit Bill Introduced in Senate

The Adoption Tax Credit has enabled thousands of Americans to open their homes to foster children from across the United States and orphans from across the world. The current refundable version of the adoption tax credit that can give families nearly $13,000 in aid for taking in a parentless child will disappear if it is ...
11
Sep

Adoption Issues in PBS Kids show Dinosaur Train

My boys love watching a show, on PBS Kids, called Dinosaur Train. They’re boys, so of course they love a show that combines two of their favorite things-dinosaurs and trains. When I actually sat down to watch this show with them I noticed that there is a lot more to it than just dinosaurs and ...
7
Sep

Adopt Without Debt – Book Review

When my family started our adoption journey over seven years ago, the looming weight of raising money seemed overwhelming. However, the burden of orphans in need of forever, loving families was even more overwhelming. That burden fueled our energy to begin sacrificial saving and fund raising. Two years and $50,000 later, we brought home two ...
24
Jul

Questions To Ask Your Prospective Agency

I do many consultations with families who are looking to adopt and trying to choose an agency. For many, the same question is asked at the end of our conversation, “Is there anything I didn’t ask that I should have?” Families new to the adoption world are navigating a sea of agencies, legalities and processes ...
17
Jul

What About Sunscreen?

In preparation for meeting my daughter in Africa, I packed everything I could possibly think of, including sunscreen. It’s hot in Africa! This item became a topic of conversation with the three other couples we traveled with. The main topic of the conversation was “do black people need sunscreen?” With summer in full swing, parents ...
11
Jul

Playing Inside To Beat The Heat

Across the nation temperatures have hit extraordinary highs. It’s been so hot that venturing outside for even a few minutes leaves you drenched in sweat, and swimming pools have been transformed into hot tubs. It’s miserably hot days like the ones we have been having that remind me of similar summers at home with my ...
9
Jul

Julie Gumm to Present Debt-Free Adoption at Conference

When potential adoptive parents hear the cost for private or international adoption they generally do one of two things: decide they could never afford it and give up entirely, or take out a sizeable loan. To the first group I say "WAIT! There is a way." To the second group I say "Wait! There is ...
5
Jul

MLJ Adoptions Provides Many Avenues of Communication to Clients

The staff of MLJ Adoptions continually communicate key information with our Adoptive Parents through e-mails, tweets, posts on facebook, blogs, and through our Client Care Database to keep our clients informed about their adoption journey. While MLJ is responsible for providing these means of communication, it is the responsibility of all Adoptive Parents to take ...
11
Jun

Dr. Boris Gindis Focuses on Unique Learning & Social Needs of Internationally Adopted Children

Internationally adopted children often have unique academic struggles. Unfortunately, many schools are not prepared to address the a-typical needs of these kids. Therefore, adoptive parents often must become their child’s best advocates in school. It becomes up to the parents to educate themselves, to the best extent that they can, on the needs of their ...
5
Jun

MLJ Advocates for the Adoption Tax Credit

MLJ Adoptions has joined the Save the Adoption Tax Credit Working Group, a national collaboration of individuals and organizations from across the country who are united in the effort to advocate for the adoption tax credit.   The adoption tax credit helps tens of thousands of children every year find a forever family. By returning ...
2
Apr

The Lost Art of Writing

Recently, I was looking for recipe cards and a recipe box for a gift. I checked out several high end department stores and low end box stores. I also checked at a particularly high end kitchen supply store. I was advised by the employee “why do you want recipe cards? Just do it on the ...
19
Mar

Orphanology: A Perspective on Evangelical Adoption

I love to hear what motivates people to adopt, how they come to the decision to pursue their unique roads to becoming parents or adding to their families. It is with this curiosity that I read Orphanology: Awakening to Gospel-Centered Adoption and Orphan Care by Tony Merida and Rick Morton. Merida and Morton are passionate ...
5
Mar

President Obama Receives Praise for Adoption Tax Credit Proposal

A broad group of adoption organizations from all sectors of adoption—including foster care, international and private—join together in thanking President Obama for his recent proposal to make the U.S. federal adoption tax credit permanent. The President’s Fiscal Year 2013 federal budget puts forth a proposal to make the adoption tax credit permanent and extend the ...
4
Mar

Adoption Fundraising is About More than Money

Finances are among the most pressing concerns for families pursuing international adoption. Many other relevant topics such as legal challenges, racism and emotional development are covered on this blog and others like it, but nothing makes the blood pressure rise quite as quickly as pondering what this process will do to the old bank account. ...
28
Feb

Building Attachment Using the Five Love Languages

In the book The Five Love Languages, Dr. Gary Chapman’s explains that each of us gives and receives love in different ways. Everyone has a primary love language and it is how you communicate love with others. Dr. Chapman explains that everyone has an "emotional tank" waiting to be filled with love. When a child ...
14
Feb

Creating Valentine’s Day Traditions

Today is Valentine’s Day and I have been thinking about ways that I can make this year special for my kids by creating new traditions. I am constantly trying to find new ways to show my husband and children that I love them and Valentine’s Day provides a perfect opportunity for me to express my ...
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