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25
May

What To Expect When Adopting From Nicaragua?

More often than not, international adoption requires travel to the country from where your family is adopting. Travel requirements vary greatly from country to country. Families who choose to adopt from Nicaragua will be required to travel to the country and stay for 12-20 weeks at the end of the adoption process. Yes, three to …

23
May

Openings Exist in our Summer Hosting Program

MLJ is offering a Summer Hosting Program again this year and I have been so excited at the level of interest among loving families interested in opening their homes to children in need. To this point, we only have three openings remaining in the program including two precious girls who would make a welcome addition …

18
May

MLJ Adoptions Can Complete Your Hosting Home Report

Orphan Hosting is a life changing event for many adoptable children around the world as they come to temporarily live with an American family for 2-8 weeks. It allows them the opportunity to experience life and unconditional love in a family, travel outside their country and learn about our culture and language. Hundreds of children …

16
May

Saying Goodbye in the Ukraine Hosting Program

At the conclusion of our Winter Ukraine Hosting Program this year, we gathered at the airport with our host children, their escort and their families. I experienced a familiar knot in my stomach. I have put a child back on an airplane to Ukraine, loving them as my own child and feeling like my heart was …

11
May

Affording Adoption: Where to Start

It doesn’t take too long for families considering growing their families through international adoption to realize that adoption is expensive, and that affording adoption may be a challenge. Although, it seems unreasonable to have high expenses associated with such a loving process, there is no getting around the fact that the expense of international adoption …

9
May

Rally for the Adoption Tax Credit

The Adoption Tax Credit needs your help! There are two events in Congress this week and our collective voices are so important. On May 11 over 200 people from across the country will be advocating for the Adoption Tax Credit as part of RESOLVE’s Advocacy Day. There will be a Member Day Hearing on Tax …

5
May

Host This Summer for the Love of Sisters!

I want to introduce you to Anna and Olena, two sisters ages 10 and 11 from Ukraine, that will be coming to Indianapolis in July as part of our Summer Hosting Program. Many families are open to hosting one child but seldom do we have families with the interest or the budget to host two …

2
May

What is the Timeline for an International Adoption?

Most families considering international adoption know that it takes a long time. Their friends have told them, adoptive families have shared their experiences, but how long exactly does an international adoption take? The short answer is that the timeline for an international adoption can vary greatly depending on the country a family chooses to adopt …

27
Apr

Meeting Your Host Child for the First Time

Each child is different and will experience stress differently depending on the circumstances and even depending on the day. For a child participating in the hosting program, meeting their host family for the first time will be stressful. The host child may be experiencing many emotions at the same time including the following: Exhaustion When you …

25
Apr

Where Do Children in Bulgaria Live?

When a family begins considering adopting from Bulgaria, one of their first questions is usually, “Where do children in Bulgaria live?” In each country, that answer is different, and in Bulgaria the answer also varies to some degree. Children in need of families in Bulgaria usually live in either an orphanage or a foster family. …

22
Apr

Photo of the Week

These siblings from Nicaragua were united with their forever family in 2015! We love the look of joy on their faces! If you would like your child or children to be featured as our Photo of the Week, please email info@mljadoptions.com.

18
Apr

Another Year of International Adoptions Declining Despite Children in Needs of Families Rising

The U.S. State Department has released the FY 2015 numbers on international adoptions completed by U.S. Citizen parents, which can be found here. The State Department’s Narrative on the numbers can be found here. The number of children being placed through international adoption has yet again decreased. This past year the numbers decreased by 12% …