It’s Time for MLJ’s Africa Party!

MLJ Adoptions International hosts several events throughout the year to celebrate international adoption and to bring adoptive parents and children together in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere.  One of MLJ’s most popular events is our Africa party, which will be held this year on November 12th. We are excitedly preparing to celebrate with parents who have …


Photo of the Week

Welcome home to these four adorable siblings from Ukraine, who joined their forever family last month! If you would like your child to be featured as our Photo of the Week, please email


Frequently Asked Questions about Adopting from Ukraine

When families consider which countries they are interested in adopting from, the country of Ukraine is at the top of families’ lists for many reasons. In fact, U.S. families adopted over three hundred children from Ukraine in 2015¹. If you’re considering adopting from Ukraine, you probably have some questions, hopefully we’re able to answer a …


Ukraine Winter Hosting: Meet Diana and Valeria!

Diana and Valeria are two sisters (ages 14 and 7) who are coming to the United States to spend their winter vacation with a host family! Our Ukraine Winter Hosting Program will run from December 27th to January 12th. In Ukraine, Christmas is celebrated on January 7th, and these beautiful girls are looking for a family willing to …


Leave your Comment on the Proposed Regulations!

Recently, the Department of State proposed new regulations that, if passed, will significantly and negatively impact international adoption. Read Familiarize yourself with the legislation at to learn what is at stake. You can read more about our concerns about the proposed regulations on our blog. Leave a Comment by November 7th! Share your family’s personal testimony about …


Adopting a Sibling Group

Many families, when contemplating their adoption journey, may decide to adopt siblings. Each family seeking to adopt a sibling group will have their own reasons for making that decision. Some reasons might include the perception that it is easier to complete your family all at one time (adding a second child can be less expensive …


Ten Tips for Traveling with a Toddler

In the spring, I traveled to Congo on an escort trip. Since I’m not yet a parent, traveling internationally with two toddlers back to the United States required some planning and some mental preparation. I had no idea what to expect, and thankfully my co-workers prepared me well. Here are some tips that I found …


When Can My Child Stay Home Alone?

The children are back in school now, and Johnny comes home and asks, “Why can’t I come home after school like Bobby does, instead of going to the babysitter?” Regardless of the answer you give, his response will likely be “That’s not fair,” but it is up to you—the adult—to make this all-important decision for your …


Photo of the Week

Our Eastern European Adoption Celebration is coming up! Join us on Saturday, October 22nd from 1-3 PM for an afternoon of fun crafts and happy families! For those of you still considering international adoption, we’re offering an Initial Information Session the morning before the party. Stop by at 10AM to meet our staff and hear …


Important Potential Changes to International Adoption – What You Can Do!

Yesterday, we shared some information on the new proposed regulations by the Department of State, and the significant negative effects it could have on international adoption (you can read the post here.) Today, we’re sharing some of MLJ Adoptions’ advocacy efforts, including some ways that you can get involved. What is MLJ Adoptions Doing? MLJ …


What is the Ukraine Hosting Program?

Last winter, MLJ Adoptions reintroduced our Ukraine Hosting Program! We saw tremendous success in the program, both last winter and again this summer. This winter, we will be facilitating another hosting program for children without families from Ukraine to come to the United States and live with a host family for several weeks. What is …


Five Frequently Asked Questions about Adoption Grants

The cost of international adoption makes affording adoption can be a huge challenge for many families. Even families who live comfortable lifestyles struggle to think about spending $30,000 or more to bring another child into their home. Often, families will turn to adoption grants when planning to pay for their adoption. Grants can be given …


What is a Primary Provider?

There are a lot of words thrown around during an international adoption. Many of these words are foreign to prospective adoptive families. The term primary provider is likely one of them. All families who pursue international adoption are required to use a primary provider. When the Universal Accreditation Act went into effect in July 2014, …


Photo of the Week

Nobody loves you like your family, and nobody understands you like your sister! If you would like your child to be featured as our Photo of the Week, please email

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