Take Pride in Adoption During the 4th of July


Independence Day is by far the most patriotic holiday we celebrate in America. People of all ages and ethnicities come together to rejoice in the freedom we find in the great United States. As fireworks cross the sky and the smell of backyard cookouts fill the air, we stand painted in red, white, and blue to remember how lucky we are to live at liberty in this country.

Using holidays like the 4th of July are a great way to bond with your internationally adopted child, whether they are adopted from Bulgaria, or adopted from Nicaragua. July 4th presents the opportunity to speak with your child about belonging, and how they can take part in festivities to gain a sense of pride in their new home and country. Celebrating holidays are an easy way to keep your child connected to their country of origin as well. As you celebrate the Independence Day of the United States, talk with your child about how their country of origin gained its independence as well. Use holidays and other events as a way to build your child’s self-esteem and sense of belonging.

From everyone at MLJ Adoptions, we wish you all a fun and safe 4th of July! Click here to see festivities surrounding downtown Indianapolis, and where you can catch the Donato’s Downtown Freedom Blast firework show!

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For more information about MLJ Adoptions’ international adoption programs, please click here. To sign up for our next "Identity & Adoption" class including information about transracial parenting, please click here.

Jordan Kelly is a graduate of the Kelley School of Business where she majored in Marketing. As an assistant at MLJ Adoptions, Jordan does everything from event planning and managing social media, to writing blogs and designing advertisements.