Category - Resources

6
Feb

Kisses from Katie: A Book Review

Wow! That’s the first thing I thought when I finished reading Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption. I started reading the book on a Friday evening and could not put it down for the remainder of the weekend – I had to finish it. The message really hit me the next ...
26
Jan

Six Strategies For Building Attachment

Healthy attachment is crucial for children to be able to grow into adults that can successfully navigate their world. Healthy attachment allows for appropriate trust, self control and problem solving skills. Attachment theories provide that all babies have needs and they each provide signs to their caretaker regarding what those needs are. When the need ...
18
Jan

Trauma and the Brain: What It Means for Adoption

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network defines trauma as something that may occur when a child feels intensely threatened by an event in which he or she is involved or witnesses, and it is often followed by serious injury or harm (National Child Traumatic Stress Network, 2005). Being separated from one’s birth family, culture of ...
3
Jan

Choose Your Charity Wisely

Here we are in a new year. It’s a fresh start and full of possibilities. In 2012, many families have resolved to dedicate more of their family resources to charitable organizations. Currently the average American gives 3-5% of their adjusted gross income to some sort of charitable cause. Adoptive families tend to be among the ...
6
Dec

Familiarizing Yourself with the Adoption Tax Credit Part II

Picking up where we left off yesterday, this is the 2nd part of Familiarizing Yourself with the Adoption Tax Credit. You will need to read Part I so that you will understand today’s blog. Expenses connected with a foreign adoption (the child was not a U.S. citizen or resident at the time the adoption process ...
5
Dec

Familiarizing Yourself with the Adoption Tax Credit Part I

It’s difficult to write an “all-inclusive” article on something as complex as the adoption credit. So, as we approach the end of the tax year, you are encouraged to familiarize yourself with the adoption tax credit, its benefits and requirements as pertaining to your individual situation. With the enactment of the Affordable Care Act the ...
25
Nov

5 More Ways to Celebrate National Adoption Awareness Month! (Part III)

There are many ways to celebrate National Awareness Adoption Month this November. Here are just a few examples: Plan a Fundraiser or Attend an Adoption Fundraiser: There are many ways to support the cause of orphan care and adoption. November is a great month to bring your community together for the cause raising funds to ...
17
Nov

5 More Ways to Celebrate National Adoption Awareness Month! (Part II)

There are many ways to celebrate National Adoption Awareness Month this November. Here are five more ideas: Cooking for Culture – There is just something about cooking that brings a family together. It’s a great time to try a new recipe that celebrates your family’s diversity. While preparing the meal together make sure to talk ...
7
Nov

Celebrating National Adoption Awareness Month! (Part I)

Every year the month of November is recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month. It’s a time to celebrate all types of adoption and raise awareness for the need for adoption in our world. It’s a time that government, communities, businesses and advocates celebrate adoption as a positive way to build a family. MLJ will be ...
26
Oct

Fall Celebrations

Halloween is just around the corner! Youngsters prepare in anticipation for the day when they can dress up as ghouls, goblins or princesses and receive an overabundance of sugar filled treats! For many of our families who have adopted children, this will be their first Halloween and these parents can watch as their newly adopted ...
19
Sep

Book Review: Lifebooks: Creating a Treasure for the Adopted Child

In high school and college I was an avid scrapbooker, so when I heard the term “lifebook” for the first time I thought it was just a fancy term for adoptive parent’s scrapbooks. When I inquired more information from friends in my adoptive parents group I quickly learned that it is not a common term ...
31
Aug

How I Will Prepare for My Child’s Arrival

Preparing to welcome an adopted child is an incredible gift, much like preparing to welcome a birthchild. But the waiting is also a challenge, which inevitable questions like, • When will we receive a referral? • How are we going to pay for the adoption AND be able to afford having a child? • Am ...
22
Aug

Six Alternatives to Spanking

The Indiana Department of Child Services mandates that adoptive parents cannot spank adopted children. But is that really the reason that we should not spank our children? Some of those who believe spanking a child is a necessary form of punishment may refer to the Bible for justification. There are several passages in the Bible, ...
25
Jul

How to Raise Money for an Adoption

There are many different ways to alleviate the financial stress of adoption. Here are just a few ideas to get you started on the road to fundraising for you adoption. Garage sales and yard sales – They are a popular way to raise money for adoption. Families can go in together to have larger scale ...
1
Jun

Estate Planning and Your Adopted Child

No one wants to think about bad things happening to their family. But, bad things do happen to good people and it is every parent’s responsibility to plan accordingly. A well thought out estate plan should be in every parent’s toolkit, but there are special considerations for the adoptive parent. Who will take care of ...
31
May

Basic Behavior Management for Adopted Parents

Many parents experience behavioral issues with their children whether they are adopted or biological. Here are some helpful hints for parents interested in resolving particular behavioral issues. Work on only two or three targeted behaviors at a time– Pick a couple of issues that are workable and try to make some headway on those-sometimes you ...
11
Apr

Why Is Adoption So Expensive?

We hear this question all the time. It seems logical that when a person wants to adopt and add to their family, the cost to the family should not be $25-40,000 (average international adoption). It seems unreasonable to have high expenses associated with such a loving process. Some find adoption expenses appalling while others come ...
27
Feb

Beyond Rosa and Martin

Deesha Philyaw is a freelance writer and adjunct professor in the Master of Professional Writing Program at Chatham University. She is a black co-parenting mom of two girls, ages 7 and 12, one of whom is adopted, and stepmom of two girls, age 12 and 14. Deesha has written a series of blogs for us ...
24
Feb

Empowered To Connect Conference Recommended

Last September, I had the privilege of attending the Empowered to Connect Conference in Nashville, TN. The conference was full of insights and “ah-ha” moments. Although my daughter had been home for over a year, I had many eye opening moments listening to Dr. Karyn Purvis speak. Dr. Purvis truly understands children who have come ...
15
Feb

It’s Okay To Be A Token. Really. Part 2

Deesha Philyaw is a freelance writer and adjunct professor in the Master of Professional Writing Program at Chatham University. She is a black co-parenting mom of two girls, ages 7 and 12, one of whom is adopted, and stepmom of two girls, age 12 and 14. Deesha has written a series of blogs for us ...
19
Dec

The Value of Support

When my wife and I decided to adopt we had no idea about the roller coaster of emotions, stress and paperwork we were going to be faced with. Fortunately one of the first things we did was find a support group. Having a support group has been the single biggest factor in helping us keep ...
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