Blog

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 ...
20
Dec

Christmas Traditions in Eastern Europe!

Christmas Traditions around the World! Eastern European Countries It’s Christmas time again! The holidays are a wonderful time to spend quality time with loved ones and take part in family traditions. One thing that MLJ Adoptions encourages families to do is to incorporate other countries traditions to help their adopted children feel more at home. ...
13
Dec

Christmas Traditions in Africa!

Christmas Traditions around the World! African Countries It’s Christmas, the most wonderful time of the year! The holidays make it a perfect time to spend with loved ones and take part in family traditions. MLJ Adoptions likes to encourage families to incorporate other countries traditions to help their adopted children feel more at home. When ...
11
Dec

ADJUSTMENT IS A NORMAL PROCESS

I took my 10-month-old grandson, George, to get his first new shoes this past weekend.  He is just beginning to try to walk and I wanted to be sure he had good shoes that provided all the support he needs.  He normally easily accepts going to new places and he enjoys seeing other children, but ...
7
Dec

Photo of the Week!

  This 7 year old cutie has been home from Bulgaria for four years now. In the beginning, the parents were informed that he may never walk independently, but look at him go! If you would like your child to be featured as our Photo of the Week, email karson@mljadoptions.com
6
Dec

Christmas Traditions in the Island Countries We Serve!

Christmas Traditions around the World! Island Countries Jingle bells, Jingle bells, Jingle all the way! Christmas is almost here! During the holidays, it is the best time to spend with family and engage in traditions. Here at MLJ, we always encourage families bring in other countries traditions and incorporate them into their own. This helps ...
4
Dec

The Kennedy Family

During the summer of 2007 my husband and I met a little girl who was being hosted by the Kidsave Summer Miracles program. Before I even knew she was being hosted, before I even knew she was an orphan, God clearly told me she was my daughter. Not only that, He told me she was ...
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