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19
Jul

Food and Fun in Nicaragua

When I travel, even for a short weekend getaway, I like to pack lots of snacks. You never know when you will be hungry, and what will be available. My husband says I go a little overboard, which may be true, but I don’t hear him complaining when he is hungry and I pull out …

17
Jul

Adopting from Burkina Faso – A Current Snapshot!

It’s an exciting time for families adopting from Burkina Faso with MLJ Adoptions! Since we opened our program in November 2014, we’ve seen tremendous success. Four families have been matched with children in our Burkina Faso program, and one family has brought their son home. No family in the program has waited longer than 12 …

12
Jul

Qualities of a Successful Adoptive Parent

When considering adoption, parents generally take time to consider whether they meet certain qualifications, like age requirements or length of marriage, to adopt from a particular country. For example, to adopt from Ukraine, couples must be married and both must be at least 25 years old. But to adopt from Burkina Faso, couples must be …

10
Jul

Reviews of MLJ Adoptions: 2017

One of our goals in serving children and families is to limit the stress of adoption and provide the most positive experience possible for our families. The adoption process is certainly not perfect,  and can be extremely stressful for all involved. We know that we cannot eliminate the stress, but we do try our best …

5
Jul

Adopting from Africa, and the Importance of the Hague Convention

Adopting from Africa looks different than it used to. Mostly because the entire intercountry adoption landscape has changed tremendously from what it was twenty or thirty years ago. Sadly, there has been a dramatic decline in adoptions, as families are finding their options limited due to countries applying tighter restrictions, or even closing programs altogether. A number of …

3
Jul

MLJ Adoptions’ Second Quarter Update!

We’re already halfway through 2017, and MLJ Adoptions has much to celebrate! In the month of May alone, we had eight families matched with children in three different country programs. Bulgaria Two families in our Bulgaria program received referrals for children this spring! Family One was matched with three biological siblings, ages seven, five and …

30
Jun

Photo of the Week

                            Summertime is the perfect time to saddle up and go on an adventure! If you would like your child to be featured as our Photo of the Week, email info@mljadoptions.com.

28
Jun

Playing Games to Strengthen Attachment

Our family enjoys playing games together! We have even dubbed Friday evenings as “Family Game Night.” It’s so beloved by my children that it does not go over well when this has to be changed, even though we play games together as a family many other days throughout the week as well. Some of our …

26
Jun

Minding Their Manners

I just spent a week caring for my 22 month-old granddaughter while her parents took a much needed anniversary trip. As her Mumzi, I was thrilled to do this because I simply cannot contain my joy when I am with her. However, this week of being her one-and-only caregiver has also given me a much …

21
Jun

Affording Adoption Ideas!

At first, the cost of adoption can feel insurmountable. Yet, the vast majority of families who begin the international adoption process are not “rich.” Very few families who decide to adopt have the finances to do so at first, but they are committed to creating a plan and working the plan to achieve their goal …

16
Jun

Photo of the Week

                              Happy Father’s Day weekend to all our fathers and fathers-to-be! We love helping you navigate the world of international adoption! If you would like your child to be featured as our Photo of the Week, email info@mljadoptions.com.

14
Jun

Adopt Older Children from Bulgaria!

Children in need of families from Bulgaria are of all ages, but there is a specific need for families to adopt older children from Bulgaria. While not every family feels qualified or able to adopt an older child, several families in our Bulgaria program have seen the benefits of doing so. The age range of …

9
Jun

Photo of the Week

                        This weekend, don’t forget to save some time for costumes and make-believe! If you would like your child to be featured as our Photo of the Week, email info@mljadoptions.com.

7
Jun

The Importance of Community in Adoption

MLJ Adoptions hosts several adoption related events throughout the year. In the fall, we had our annual Eastern European Open House, and as always, it has been one of the highlights of my year! I enjoy meeting new client families face-to-face, catching up with families who are in the middle of the process, and of …

5
Jun

Adopting from Bulgaria – A Current Snapshot!

Adopting from Bulgaria appeals to families looking for stable and predictable program. Prospective adoptive parents are often drawn to country programs with consistent wait times, so they can better predict how long they may wait to receive a referral. Families adopting from Bulgaria with MLJ Adoptions can expect to wait between 12-24 months from dossier …

2
Jun

Photo of the Week

                              It’s almost the weekend! Everyone do a happy dance! If you would like your child to be featured as our Photo of the Week, email info@mljadoptions.com.

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