Blog

8
Feb

Black History Month As An Adoptive Parent

Throughout my childhood I can vividly remember February being “Black History Month”. I recall the hallways at school being decorated with posters of Frederick Douglas, Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King, Jr. I remember the lessons we would get for that month – the discussions of slavery and the Civil Rights Movement of the sixties. ...
6
Feb

How One Superbowl Commercial Could Help Orphans

It’s Superbowl Sunday! And while many are psyched about the actual game, just as many people tune in to watch the commercials. Do you know that the average 30-second Superbowl commercial costs 3 million dollars JUST TO AIR? Growing up I heard the cost of these commercials and just kind of shrugged them off thinking ...
5
Feb

"Love Medicine" Review

A couple of weeks ago a close friend sent me an email. She asked me to read an article featured in Good Housekeeping this month. As readers of this review, many do not know my friend but she is a trusted source in my research of older child adoption. A adoptive mother for five years ...
2
Feb

Oprah Discovers How Adoption Has Touched Her Family

What happens when a celebrity finds out that they have a long-lost sibling who was placed for adoption? Well, it makes great television, of course! Oprah’s recent announcement on her show that she had a half-sister who was placed for adoption by their mother scored great ratings and brought many questions surrounding adoption to the ...
20
Jan

Sometimes: a poem

Sometimes…………. all I can think about is adopting another child or two soon. Sometimes I sit and I think maybe should start all the paperwork again in the next couple of months? Renew the homestudy? Use forms before they expire? Fundraise for another adoption? And I start thinking…. my hands are so full. I can’t ...
18
Jan

Adding to Our Adoption Team

MLJ Adoptions, Inc. is excited to announce that we are looking for people to fill two to three new positions on our team. Our programs continue to grow, and more help is needed to ensure we provide efficient and attentive services to our clients. We are looking to fill two administrative positions – one in ...
13
Jan

Meatloaf From The Orange Sign

When we think of cultural differences we often think about race or ethnicity but not often do we think of food. Food-it’s a big deal. It is often at the center of our social and familial events. It brings us together and is often the focus of our holiday celebration. We cook turkey at Thanksgiving ...
11
Jan

Heads of Adoption in Honduras to Visit Indianapolis

Heads of International Adoption in Honduras to Visit Indianapolis January 20-21st The Director and Secretary General of Instituto Hondureño de la Niñez y la Familia (IHNFA) have rescheduled their visit to Indianapolis for January 20th and 21st. IHNFA is the federal government entity that governs all children and family issues for Honduras. The Director and ...
10
Jan

Clients Bring Run For Congo Women to Indy

In the summer of 2010, the Hall and Kulenkamp families completed adoptions of new daughters from the Democratic Republic of Congo through the MLJ Adoptions program. Last Fall, Bonnie Kulenkamp organized Team Hope to participate in the Run for Congo Women held in Lincoln Park, Chicago. This Spring, Bonnie and Ami Hall are organizing the ...
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 ...
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