Emma Thompson’s International Adoption

Emma Thompson is a British actress, screenwriter, activist and two-time Oscar winner. She is known for her role in Harry Potter films as Sybill Trelawney and stars in the movie Nanny McPhee. What you may not know is that she has also adopted internationally. Emma and her husband, Greg Wise, adopted a sixteen year-old orphan ...

How Your Adoption Process Will Look

Do you have an interest in international adoption and are not sure where to start? MLJ Adoptions can assist you! Each adoption will be different, but we can give you a general timeline of the process and procedures you will experience. International adoption can be a lengthy process, but we are here to assist you ...

Hoda Kotb’s Adoption Story

Most people know Hoda Kotb as a television journalist.  She is a woman who has focused her career on sharing the stories of others and giving them a voice.  She was born in 1964 in Oklahoma to Egyptian immigrant parents, who moved to the U.S. to further their education.  Kotb pursued journalism in college and ...

GO for Adoption Grants

Camie Schuiteman, Family Resources Specialist for MLJ Adoptions, International Adoptive families, prepared to be encouraged! This is a great time to pursue adoption! There are many grant options available to you. The potential list of grant-giving foundations is the longest I have seen in twelve years. That is good news for those needing funding. There ...

Ukraine Program Review: 2018

If adoption is the best choice for your family and you are considering opening your home to a child or a sibling group, 5 years or older or a child with medical or special needs, then Ukraine might be a good fit for your family!   To help you gain a better understanding of adoption from ...

Adoption Service Plans

For many families just beginning their international adoption journey, prospective adoptive families feel they are entering a complex world of paper shuffling and processes and procedures they just do not understand and may find extraordinarily confusing.  While your adoption service provider (your adoption agency) is there to assist you and to help you navigate this ...

Meet Mandy!

                Hello! My name is Mandy Mellen and I’m the staff accountant for MLJ Adoptions International. I’ve been in my position since April of this year. As the accountant, I get to interact with all aspects of the adoption process; prospective adoptive parents, lawyers in our partner countries, and of course my co-workers. I’m wife ...

Why Adopt from Ukraine?

Why to Adopt from Ukraine? Adoption is always about children, about sharing love, caring for them and providing a forever family for them. Why should you consider adoption from Ukraine? There are several reasons to consider adopting a child in need from Ukraine. In Ukraine orphaned children usually reside in state orphanages. Foster families started ...

Celebrating Father’s Day: Our Country Programs

At MLJ Adoptions, we recognize the importance of families and would like to give a special thank you to all our fathers, adopting fathers to be and adoptive fathers. To honor our fathers on this day, we would like to recognize some of our countries and how they celebrate Father’s Day. Mexico: In Mexico, Father’s ...
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