Blog

12
Jun

National Doughnut Day: Adoption Fundraiser

This year on June 7th is National Doughnut Day! Now, I know what you’re thinking… how are doughnuts related to adoption? Well, in the small town of Warsaw, Indiana with a population of about 15,000, on this day there is a fundraising event for prospective adoptive families to assist them in fundraising needed funds for ...
10
Jun

The 3 T’s of Trauma

Camie Schuiteman, Family Resources Specialist for MLJ Adoptions, International  “The nature of trauma is that its effects far outlast the event that caused it,” says the author of Suffering and the Heart of God. Trauma: we live with it. Our children live with it. Adoptive families are impacted by it. Of course, we hope that ...
5
Jun

Lindsay Price Adoption Advocate

There are so many adoption advocates out there speaking on behalf of children in need throughout the world. Some of those advocates are everyday people and some are celebrities that have their own platforms that allow their voices to be heard.  One such celebrity advocate who has been touched by adoption is, Lindsay Price. Lindsay ...
3
Jun

Autism Advocacy: Fight the Good Fight for Them!

In March 2017 my husband, daughter and I welcomed our son/brother into our family through international adoption. Anthony and I were beyond grateful for Nightlight Christian Adoptions, our home study agency and our adoption agency, MLJ Adoptions International Inc. requiring so much education prior to traveling that gave us the tools to begin the attachment ...
31
May

Photo of the Week!

So much fun with the dinosaurs! The little girl in the middle has been home from Samoa for a little over 3 years now! If you would like your child featured as our Photo of the Week, email karson@mljadoptions.com
22
May

About my Trip to Mexico City

About a month ago, I was given the incredible opportunity to visit Mexico City, Mexico as a staff member and representing MLJ Adoptions. Having traveled to Mexico before for pleasure, I thought I would know what to expect. However, I was unaware of how biased my approach was. Having only traveled to Cozumel prior to ...
20
May

Creating One-On-One Time

After school, I play goalie for my youngest son who’s practicing his shooting skills for an upcoming soccer game. Then I help one of my kids with their homework and help another one study for a test. I watch my daughter jump on the trampoline and practice her front and back tucks. I make dinner ...
17
May

Photo of the Week!

Have you started planting your Spring and Summer flowers yet? This little guy is helping his Nanna out! He has been home from Burkina Faso now for 5 months. If you would like your child featured as our Photo of the Week, email karson@mljadoptions.com
15
May

One Million Words

I recently read an article by Psychcentral which stated that “Young children who are reading five books a day from birth will begin kindergarten having heard about 1.4 million more words than kids who were never read to…”. Re-read that sentence again.  Let that information sink in. OVER ONE MILLION WORDS DIFFERENCE!! Crazy, huh?  And ...
13
May

Risks Involved in Adopting Internationally

As most of you know, adopting a child internationally is not a simple process. There are many steps involved in bringing a child home to a forever family. At times, the adoption process may seem slow, tedious, costly or even frustrating. Many prospective adopting parents tend to ask, “Why does this take so long?” The ...
10
May

Photo of the Week!

“Brother and sister, together as friends, ready to face whatever life sends. Joy and laughter or tears and strife, holding hands tightly as we dance through life.” –Suzie Huitt If you would like your child featured as our Photo of the Week, email karson@mljadoptions.com
8
May

Mindfullness

You’ve likely heard the buzz surrounding mindfulness practices in recent years. Maybe you’ve even taken a yoga class or two in order to get in touch with your inner self. But what is all the hype about, and does it actually work? To get a better idea of what Mindfulness is I asked a Nicole ...
6
May

My Trip to Mexico City

Recently, I traveled to Mexico City and Santiago de Querétaro to visit with MLJ’s foreign contacts and Mexican government adoption authorities from DIF (Sistema Nacional Para El Desarrollo Integral de la Familia) and SRE (Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores). As an approved adoption service provider in Mexico, we are held responsible for providing oversight of our ...
3
May

Photo of the Week!

Two of our Bulgaria families bonded with their children on their vacations they took together. The adorable girl on the left and her brother have been home for 3 and a half years. While the precious girl in the center has been home now for almost 3 years! If you would like your child featured ...
1
May

Needs of Children Adopted Internationally

In International adoption, the term “special needs” encapsulates a wide variety of characteristics and diagnoses. Special needs not only includes those in wheelchairs, with missing limbs, etc.; it also includes those with learning difficulties or emotional and behavioral difficulties. Most children who join their family through adoption have some sort of special need, or at ...
29
Apr

My Trip to Burkina Faso

In January of this year I traveled to Burkina Faso to meet with our foreign attorneys and various government officials involved in the adoption process.  Traveling to Africa, while exciting, can also be exhausting and hard.  While many find my job and ability to travel internationally thrilling, it can also be challenging. Being away from ...
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