Etched on My Heart Forever: Part 2

As I mentioned, the 9 & 10 year olds that I got close to were very loving and affectionate,maybe even a bit clingy. I noticed that to be largely the case with the children from about 6-11 years old. Perhaps they felt that at their ages they still had hopes of a visitor deciding to ...

Etched on My Heart Forever: Part 1

What do you think of when you hear the word “Thanksgiving”? I’m guessing that what comes to your mind is some combination of family, turkey, parades and football. Well, this year I did not spend Thanksgiving with my family. And while we did have a traditional turkey dinner, we did not see a single play ...

What Happens When We Don't Look Alike?

Today’s guest blogger Tara Michener is very involved in promoting diversity and inclusion through education, public speaking, writing, and advocacy. She leads workshops on self-esteem, creative writing, diversity and social networking for people of all ages. She is the author of The "Who I Am" book series which promotes self-esteem and diversity in kids, allowing ...

The Fatherless Foundation Invites You to Aid the Orphan

MLJ Adoptions, Inc. is happy to share the following information from the Fatherless Foundation, which has both helped many of our clients raise adoption funds and helped bring together our team who are all volunteers for the Fatherless Foundation. On Oct 30, 2009, The Fatherless Foundation will be holding its third annual benefit auction and ...

Legal and Ethical Considerations of Embryo Adoption

Read the first installment of this article, explaining embryo adoption, here. Legal Before beginning this process, both donors and adoptive parents must be aware that there are unsettled legal issues with regards to embryo donation and adoption. There are no federal and very few state laws which specifically address embryo donation and adoption. Georgia has ...

What is Embryo Adoption?

As the use of in vitro fertilization (IVF) has become more common, couples who have chosen this method and have successfully added children to their family, find that they are left with the responsibility of determining the destiny of their other frozen embryos. Understandably, this can be a difficult decision as these couples have limited ...

Choosing Adoption Without Support: MTV's 16 and Pregnant

In a recent episode of “16 and Pregnant”, a MTV show documenting the lives of pregnant teens, Catelynn made the decision to place her child for adoption. Catelynn and her boyfriend Tyler made this courageous decision despite the surprising lack of support from friends and family. Catelynn’s mother even purchased baby cloths and a bassinet, ...

"Each Child Is Worth The Fight"

My name is Bobbie Brooks and I never really planned to be a mother. I was on a career path in tv news, but when I took over as producer of Eyewitness News at Noon on Channel 13, everything changed. The show had a feature called, “Thursday’s Child”. Each week, we would tell the story ...

SBC Passes Resolution on Adoption and Orphan Care

During their annual convention held this year in Louisville, Kentucky on June 23rd & 24th, the largest Protestant denominational group, the Southern Baptists, passed a resolution proposed by Dr. Russell Moore on adoption and orphan care. This is a landmark step for Christians worldwide and one step closer to recognizing the orphan crisis and providing ...

Why You Should Use an Agency for Your Adoption

Many parents considering adoption, consider “going it alone” with the thought that money could be saved navigating the foreign adoption process themselves. Many horror stories of these brave individuals have resulted. The following is a brief summary of how using an adoption agency such as “MLJ”, can save the prospective adoptive parent worry, time and ...

Why Re-Adopt?

Re-adoption is the process by which an international adoption is reviewed and processed by a court in your state of residence, issuing a final adoption order. This process is a requirement in the case of a child who enters the US on an IR-4 visa. Under USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) regulations, children who ...

Guatemala One Year After Hague

The following is a summary of the JCICS report titled: “Guatemala One Year Later”, published on February 4, 2009. To read the full report please visit: On January 1, 2008, Guatemala implemented the Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoption. This move was intended to answer the allegations of corruption, child trafficking and other unethical adoption ...

Father's Day Frosty's for Adoption

Have you made plans for Father’s Day yet? If your dad is like mine, he is going to love the idea of getting desert from Wendy’s. My father has a heart for children and says that most of his best friends are under 4 feet tall. He looks forward to his turn to work with ...

The Strength Adoption Attorneys Add to Our Agency

While there are many agencies who brand themselves as full service adoption agencies, most of them lack the legal expertise that an attorney can offer. Adoption is a process that in nature is both social and legal. Adoption enables children in need to be cared for in a loving home, by legally transferring all parental ...

Compassion : There are No Excuses (Part 2)

A continuation of Sonja’s discussion of compassion Many use the excuse that they cannot afford to adopt a child. In truth, there are many programs, grants, and loans available to adopting parents as well as the federal adoption tax credit. If there is a will there is a way. For most of us then, there ...
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