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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.

31
May

Traveling with Children: What Was I Thinking?

Ahh…the dreams of a big happy family riding blissfully over hill and dale in the packed-to-the-brim SUV, with each child melodically singing Disney songs together, and Mom and Dad glancing affectionately at their lovely travelers, knowing the beach vacation is not far away.  WAIT! STOP THE PRESSES! This NEVER happens in real life! True, but …

30
May

Fundraising for Hosting

It’s often said that financing is the biggest hurdle to adoption; it may be the same for hosting as well. However, there are some easy funding options to help you get started and to get the word out, so that your friends may share in giving an orphan a life-changing, cultural trip to the United …

26
May

Photo of the Week

                      We hope your weekend is restful, relaxing, and full of naps! If you would like your child to be featured as our Photo of the Week, email info@mljadoptions.com.  

24
May

Change a Life By Hosting a Child!

Hosting and adoption from Ukraine are very near and dear to my heart. Hosting a child from Ukraine resulted in our family adopting three of our four Ukrainian children. There have been some challenges in adopting older children; I have had to learn to parent differently and to set different standards than I did for …

19
May

Photo of the Week

                                We’re still looking for families to host children from Ukraine this summer! Email info@mljadoptions.com for more information on these wonderful kids! Hosting a child from Ukraine can be truly life-changing. This gorgeous girl was hosted by a family in …

18
May

Why Do Sending Countries Want Post Adoption Reports?

Many countries of origin or sending countries require that adoptive parents send reports after the adoption is finalized, sometimes for many years after the adoption is completed, to ensure the child has transitioned well and to ensure the continued welfare of that child.  These reports are referred to as Post Adoption Reports, or in the …

16
May

The Benefits of a Post-Adoption Visit

The concept of a post-adoption visit can be overwhelming for families. Like the home study process, it is intimidating to have a social worker come into your home and evaluate your family. The goal of a home study is to approve your family to adopt. It’s important to share as much information as possible with …

15
May

The Importance of Post Adoption Reports

When parents begin their adoption journey, they are usually overwhelmed by a barrage of paperwork they need to complete. One of these papers is a document whereby you agree to complete post adoption reports for the courts, international country, your adoption agency, the State of the child’s custody, and/or the Department of State. It can …

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