Blog

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 ...
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 ...
21
Aug

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 ...
7
Aug

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 ...
29
Jul

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 ...
24
Jul

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 ...
15
Jul

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 ...
10
Jul

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 ...
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