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


What Does a Notary Public Do?

I have been a notary for almost two years now. I have to admit, when my employer asked me to apply to become a notary, I was intimidated. What does that mean? What do I need to do? Am I going to have to learn about all kinds of documents? Thankfully, the process to becoming …


Why I Like Working in International Adoption

About two years ago, I began working for MLJ Adoptions International as the Director of Social Services. Prior to that time, I worked for 23 years (yes, a while!) with a large child welfare agency that specialized in many services for children and families, including adoption. During that time, I supervised, developed and worked in …


Five Reasons You Should Attend Our Eastern European Open House

For the past five years, MLJ Adoptions has sponsored an open house for families and children, to celebrate the heritage of Eastern Europe and offer opportunities for families to create community. The focus countries are Bulgaria and Ukraine, as we have adoption programs from those two countries. I feel there are so many wonderful benefits …


First Experiences With Your Child

When you bring your child home to the United States, you will experience a world of “firsts” with your child: first time in an airplane, first time in a car seat, first time at the mall, first time in a church, etc. The list is endless! It is important, however, to remember that these moments …


Photo of the Week

Our annual adoption picnic will be held this Sunday in Noblesville’s Forest Park! Stop by and have as much fun as this little guy! If you would like your child to be featured as our Photo of the Week, please email


How Snapchat Saved Our Summer

Most of you have probably heard of Snapchat. If not, you’ve been missing out! I was skeptical at first, thinking it was just some crazy fad that all the teenagers were into. But I was wrong! This smart phone app literally puts a smile on my face every time I open it. Many times that …


MLJ’s Founder Advocates for Indiana Children

Our Founder, Michele L. Jackson, is a proud member of the Indiana Bicentennial Children’s Rights Chapter. This group is doing important work to serve the needs of Indiana’s children. Much of the work being done is focused on at-risk children and those in need of services; internationally adopted children who are struggling would also fall …


A Recent Trip to the US Embassy in Haiti

I recently returned from a trip to Haiti. Many ask what we do as an agency when we travel internationally. Always on the agenda are trips to orphanages, or as in the case in Haiti, we visited three different crèches. Touring crèches allow us to not only visit and play with the children but also …


Communication and Your Adoption Agency

Communication is one of the most important aspects, if not the most important aspect, of a relationship. The relationship between an adoption agency and an adopting family is no different, and good communication is key. A frequent topic of discussion among our team members is “How can we best communicate efficiently and effectively with our …


Upcoming MLJ Events

Every year, MLJ Adoptions hosts several events in order to encourage our families to build relationships with one another, and with the greater adoption community. Since MLJ Adoptions was formed, we have witnessed the many benefits families experience when they are in community with one another. International adoption can introduce complex challenges into a family’s life: …


Mantras for Connected Parenting

One thing I’ve learned in parenting is that yelling is not effective. Yelling at my children creates fear and sends them into fight-or-flight mode. However, staying calm and not yelling when you walk into your daughter’s room after she’s poured lotion all over the carpet can be very difficult! Or when she’s flushed a hand …


Back-to-School Adoption Resources

Back-to-school season is full of transitions for all families. Some of these transitions can be especially difficult for children from hard places. They may cause anxiety, more frequent meltdowns or difficult behavior. Since school is such an important and significant part of a child’s life, as an adoption agency, MLJ Adoptions works towards preparing parents …

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