Blog

31
Dec

Questions

I met the little girl that we are (hopefully) adopting over two years ago. I lived at her Hogar (a home for children) for three months, and she just grabbed a hold of my heart in a really special way. I remember noticing her my first week there. She was quiet and unengaged. She would ...
27
Dec

The Gift of Adoption

When I worked as a child welfare worker, I facilitated many adoptions. It was the upside to a job that that often seemed bleak and challenging. Children that had suffered such abuse and neglect were legally and emotionally free to find peace with a new family. While adoptive parents exuded joy, I always felt adoption ...
24
Dec

His Name: A Christmas Poem

He lay in the straw, for he hadn’t a bed No pillow on which to lay his precious head He smelled of the livestock, and was covered in grime There was no telling when he would bathe the next time He was born in a world that didn’t want him around And he ached with ...
22
Dec

Clean Drinking Water for Rural Congolese Communities

Our team had the absolute pleasure of meeting with Woody Collins, President of Congo Helping Hands, this past week. Mr. Collins informed us about his organization, with a special emphasis on their newest endeavor, The Congo Water Project. Outside of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, clean drinking water is scarce. Nearly ...
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 ...
14
Dec

IHNFA Visit and Reception Postponed Until January

Thank you to those interested in attending our reception held in honor of the Secretary General and Director of Instituto Hondureño de la Niñez y la Familia (IHNFA). Unfortunately, the Secretary and Director have postponed their visit to Indianapolis until January. We are disappointed that they will not be with us this week, however, we ...
10
Dec

Parenting a Child with HIV

Read the first part of Stephanie’s story Considering Adopting a Child with HIV. Well, no doors closed and we brought that sweet little boy home along with two other boys on April 14, 2010. He was on medicine in Ukraine and remains on those same medications but different dosage today. We have been to see ...
10
Dec

Considering Adopting a Child with HIV

In March 2009, my husband and I had traveled to Ukraine to visit the boy we were in the process of adopting. While playing with him we met several other kids, but when I saw this little blonde haired, green eyed boy my heart melted. His name was Kolia. This little boy looked so cute, ...
6
Dec

Heads of Adoption in Honduras to Visit Indianapolis

Heads of International Adoption in Honduras to Visit Indianapolis Dec. 16 The Director and Secretary General of Instituto Hondureño de la Niñez y la Familia (IHNFA) are planning on being in Indianapolis on December 16-18th. IHNFA is the federal government entity that governs all children and family issues for Honduras. The Director and Secretary General ...
3
Dec

Adoption Gift Idea Guide Part 1

Happy Hanukah! For those of you that don’t already know, Hanukah is celebrated for eight days with a gift given each night traditionally. What better time to share our Adoption Gift Idea Guide with eight different suggestions? The gifts below may be appropriate for adoption advocates, those waiting to adopt, birth parents, adoptive parents, and/or ...
29
Nov

Bulgarian Program Update

I would like to take this time to share a couple of items of good news for our Bulgarian Adoption program. A week ago, our first family arrived in Sofia, Bulgaria, to meet the children they were referred! I will be sharing more in the next week or two about their trip – they promised ...
25
Nov

To Whom Much Is Given…

When my parents built their house several years ago, I remember them wondering how they would use the extra space, primarily the large back yard. They felt a responsibility to do more than selfishly enjoy their blessings. In response, they have become entertainers, hosting large gatherings and small groups, making others feel welcome and accepted ...
22
Nov

Report From Our Visit To Nicaragua

Recently Michele Jackson, executive director of MLJ Adoptions, Inc., and I travelled to Nicaragua to visit our in-country staff and assess the current adoption situation. Part of our program development is to make regular visits and identify any potential problems or delays. While there, we had the opportunity to meet with the director of Mi ...
15
Nov

How to Manage the Adoption “Paper Chase”

I’ve heard a lot about the dreaded “Paper Chase,” the part of the adoption process where prospective adoptive parents need to gather original copies of their marriage license, birth certificates, doctors’ physicals, proofs of employment, background checks…The list goes on and on. Going into this process I knew that it wasn’t going to be easy ...
13
Nov

114,556 Children are Waiting

MLJ Adoptions, Inc. believes all children deserve a loving home with families that can provide for their physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs. Although MLJ does not provide foster care services, we feel that it is a wonderful gift to a child in need, and are sharing the blog below in an effort to raise ...
9
Nov

Connecting Through Play

Robyn Gobbel, LCSW is a therapist and adoption home study specialist in Austin, TX. She blogs about parenting, adoption, and adoptive parenting. We are happy to re-publish this important message on parenting and connecting with your children! You can also find Robyn on twitter and facebook. In the past few years, I’ve noticed that the ...
5
Nov

Adoption Tax Credit Expanded and Improved!

The Internal Revenue Service recently published an article on the expanded adoption credit included in the Affordable Care Act which raises the maximum adoption credit to $13,170 per child, up from $12,150 in 2009. An added benefit to the credit is making the credit refundable, meaning eligible taxpayers can receive it even if they do ...
2
Nov

Help Us Celebrate National Adoption Awareness Month!

We hope that you will join MLJ Adoptions, Inc., The Fatherless Foundation, Inc., and The Villages of Indiana, Inc. to celebrate National Adoption Awareness Month this November. We have teamed up to promote awareness about the need for international adoption, domestic adoption, orphan care, and foster care. During this month we will be visiting malls, ...
1
Nov

Claiming

We are family—a husband and wife, mom and dad, sons and daughters, and brothers and sisters. Sometimes we forget that we don’t have solely biological “ties” within our family. The facts of “born into” and “adopted into” are blurred. How we came together holds no importance, other than it is part of our incredible family ...
25
Oct

World of Hair Care

When I brought my daughter home in February of 2009, I entered a whole new world. I pretty much had to learn a new language with words like co-wash, no-poo, and twist-out. There were even code words like 4b, 3c, Ph, and TW and words to avoid like sulfates and parabens. I had entered the ...
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