Blog

5
Feb

Photo of the Week

This cutie came home from Malaysia to his forever family through MLJ Adoptions’ Primary Provider Services. We are thankful for the opportunity to service families through this program. If you would like your child to be featured as our Photo of the Week, please email info@mljadoptions.com.

3
Feb

What is Adoption Education?

Whether you are engaged in an international adoption, special needs adoption, sibling group adoption, or domestic adoption, obtaining adoption education related to those topics is very important for the success of the adoption itself. In order to be as prepared as possible for this tremendous change within your family, MLJ Adoptions International works to help …

27
Jan

What Happens if I Decline a Referral?

One of the frequent questions that we receive from families when they are considering adoption or are in the process of adopting is, “What happens if I decline a referral?” Not knowing what your potential referral could be is somewhat frightening for families. “What if’s” abound! So, what does happen if you are potentially saying …

25
Jan

Upcoming Adoption Events

Each year MLJ Adoptions hosts adoption events in order to encourage our families to build relationships with one another and with the greater adoption community. We have witnessed the benefits families experience when they are in community with one another.

18
Jan

Do You Need A Home Study in Indiana?

If you discover that you need a home study completed in Indiana, MLJ Adoptions International can help you! We are an Indiana Licensed Child Placing Agency and are accredited by the Council on Accreditation to complete Hague accredited home studies. Our staff of experienced social workers and trained adoption professionals is prepared and able to …

15
Jan

Photo of the Week

This beautiful family was united in 2015 when their sweet kiddos came home from Bulgaria! We love that they were able to celebrate the holiday season together and that they stopped by the office to say hi!   If you would like your child to be featured as our Photo of the Week, please email …

15
Jan

Photo of the Week

It’s still winter in Indiana, but this cutie’s smile is keeping us nice and warm! If you would like your child to be featured as our Photo of the Week, please email info@mljadoptions.com

13
Jan

What is a Home Study?

Over the past several years at MLJ Adoptions I’ve completed many home studies and met many different families hoping to adopt. Each family is different and has their own story to tell. My favorite parts about completing home studies are talking with families and learning what brought them to adoption and providing them with support …

11
Jan

Should I Change My Adoptive Child’s Name?

A question I get asked by many of the families I work with adopting from Bulgaria is, “Should I change my child’s name?”  The answer is a truly personal choice.  When I share the names of my children, I am frequently asked why I changed my children’s name when we adopted them, as it is …

6
Jan

Three Reasons to Choose MLJ Adoptions to Adopt From Bulgaria

Your family has decided to adopt from Bulgaria! What’s next? Once your family has decided where, the next big question is who. Who will you partner with on your adoption journey? The agency you choose to work with to adopt from Bulgaria will be a part of your life for the duration of your adoption journey. We are excited to share three reasons you should use MLJ Adoptions to adopt from Bulgaria.

4
Jan

MLJ Provides China Home Study for Indiana Residents

Even as the landscape of international adoption changes from year to year, one thing remains the same – more American families adopt from China than any other country in the world. In 2013, American families adopted 2.306 children from China. The second most popular country for American families to adopt from was Ethiopia, but in …

28
Dec

Adoption in the Classroom

“Muffins with Mom”, “Daddy Donut Day”, and assignments like “How did you receive your name?” are just a few events and assignments that can generate unhappy feelings with your adopted child.  Students can bring home tricky homework assignments and flyers about difficult school events. Your mind may be racing trying to figure out how you …

25
Dec

Photo of the Week

Merry Christmas from MLJ Adoptions! We wish your family a happy and healthy holiday season! If you would like your child to be featured as our Photo of the Week, please email info@mljadoptions.com.

23
Dec

Lifebooks are an Important Tool

This week I was talking with a friend of mine who has a teenager who was adopted from Latin America 13 years ago. Since her daughter is now a teenager she is at a critical time where she is defining her identity and how she fits in the world. According to Erik Erikson, adolescents search …

21
Dec

Celebrating Christmas in Burkina Faso

As in the United States, Christmas in Burkina Faso is celebrated on December 25th. Christmas in this country is typically celebrated both among families and in churches. Christmas is not about decorations or gifts for children, but is about supplying good food for family and neighbors. In Burkinabe villages, children mix clay, straw and water …