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11
Feb

Black History Month – An Ongoing Discussion

“It’s Michael ‘X’, right?” “Excuse me?!” “You know, the guy Denzel Washington played in the movie!” This is an actual conversation I had with a teenager who was asking for assistance with her history project for Black History Month. This was a disconcerting realization that not only is our education system deteriorating, but I, as ...
6
Feb

Meet Samantha!

Hello all! My name is Samantha Brown, and I started working with MLJ Adoptions International in May 2018 as an intern assisting with several International Programs. Through the course of my internship, I found assisting prospective adoptive families greatly rewarding and a way to impact the lives of families and children.  I have recently completed ...
4
Feb

The Importance of Telling Your Child “I Love You”

“The best advice I could give any parent would be to never pass up a chance to tell your kids that you love them. Touch them, cuddle and hug them often. Never part without saying ‘I love you.’”                                                                                 —Andy Quinones, parent February, that special month of valentines, love, affection, and caring, is tailor-made for parents ...
30
Jan

Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery

As Super Bowl weekend approaches, many of us in the United States prepare for one of the biggest celebrations each year. We stock up on chips, dip, wings and fun drinks and anticipate some of the best commercials on television. We have family and friends over to cheer our favorite (or second choice) team and ...
28
Jan

Information on the 2018 Adoption Tax Credit

First and foremost, MLJ Adoptions International is not a qualified tax preparer and cannot provide you with advice for filing your taxes. We suggest you contact a tax professional.   However, we can remind you that there is a non-refundable tax credit for qualified  adoption expenses paid to adopt an eligible child. The IRS tax code ...
21
Jan

Journey to the Fatherless – Book Review

Lawrence E. Bergeron states that the purpose for his book, Journey to the Fatherless, is to “help the Church both awaken and prepare her people for the journey to the fatherless.” Being awakened to a need- any need- does not prepare one to meet that need, and this author is well-equipped to prepare other families for ...
16
Jan

Taking Care of You

The adoption journey is not an easy one. Is it exciting? Yes. Is it focused on love? Yes. Is it joyful? Yes. Is it stress-free and relaxed? No. As an adoptive parent-in-waiting, you will experience a myriad of emotions. As a parent whose child has arrived home, you will experience even more emotional reactions—some pleasant ...
14
Jan

Keeping in Touch After the Adoption

The key to success in any large undertaking is preparation, and adoption is no exception. Adoptive parents have required education which includes a set of core classes and additional courses selected for them based on their individual adoption process. The goal is to prepare the adoptive parents for what will be a life-changing transition for ...
11
Jan

Photo of the Week!

This 2 year old girl got to come home to her forever family last month from Bulgaria! We are so excited for this family’s early Christmas present! If you would like your child to be featured as our Photo of the Week, email karson@mljadoptions.com
4
Jan

Photo of the Week!

This little guy got to come home to his forever family a couple months ago from Burkina Faso! It’s a new year and that means new beginnings! Let us be a part of your adoption journey! If you want to have your child featured as our Photo of the Week, email karson@mljadoptions.com
3
Jan

Can We Talk About Childhood Trauma?

Recently someone approached me trying to understand why my child’s past traumatic experiences cause her to act out like she does. This person had also experienced trauma as a child, but did not have the emotional instability and behaviors that my child exhibits so he didn’t buy into my explanation about how trauma permanently alters ...
2
Jan

From Philly to Indy with love!

What a blessing and honor it is to join the MLJ team here in Indianapolis! My name is Lauren Raczkowski and I have recently joined MLJ as the new Director of Social Services. Don’t worry, Karlene is still here! She is now the Executive Director and my mentor. For the last 16 years, I have ...
28
Dec

Photo of the Week!

Look at these siblings bonding over Christmas morning! Did everyone have a wonderful time with friends and family? If you would like your child to be featured on our Photo of the Week, email karson@mljadoptions.com
27
Dec

The Importance of Teamwork in Adoption

The international adoption process is hard—mountains of paperwork, hours of education, home studies that delve into the depths of your personal life, extended waiting periods for that child referral, occasional delays in country processes, and the challenges of residing in a foreign country for a while to be with your child. Sometimes early enthusiasm for ...
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