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2
May

What is the Timeline for an International Adoption?

Most families considering international adoption know that it takes a long time. Their friends have told them, adoptive families have shared their experiences, but how long exactly does an international adoption take? The short answer is that the timeline for an international adoption can vary greatly depending on the country a family chooses to adopt …

27
Apr

Meeting Your Host Child for the First Time

Each child is different and will experience stress differently depending on the circumstances and even depending on the day. For a child participating in the hosting program, meeting their host family for the first time will be stressful. The host child may be experiencing many emotions at the same time including the following: Exhaustion When you …

25
Apr

Where Do Children in Bulgaria Live?

When a family begins considering adopting from Bulgaria, one of their first questions is usually, “Where do children in Bulgaria live?” In each country, that answer is different, and in Bulgaria the answer also varies to some degree. Children in need of families in Bulgaria usually live in either an orphanage or a foster family. …

22
Apr

Photo of the Week

These siblings from Nicaragua were united with their forever family in 2015! We love the look of joy on their faces! If you would like your child or children to be featured as our Photo of the Week, please email info@mljadoptions.com.

18
Apr

Another Year of International Adoptions Declining Despite Children in Needs of Families Rising

The U.S. State Department has released the FY 2015 numbers on international adoptions completed by U.S. Citizen parents, which can be found here. The State Department’s Narrative on the numbers can be found here. The number of children being placed through international adoption has yet again decreased. This past year the numbers decreased by 12% …

13
Apr

The Long-Lasting Legacy of Dr. Karyn Purvis

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Karyn Purvis yesterday. Dr. Purvis’ invaluable research and commitment to learning more about children from hard places will influence generations to come. Dr. Purvis committed her life to studying the brain and behavior of children, including adopted children, who have experienced trauma. She used …

11
Apr

Is This Referral a Good Match for Our Family?

In the very beginning stages, when you decided you wanted to adopt a child, you may recall filling out a characteristics checklist that listed the potential medical conditions, special needs, developmental stages, the number of children you want to adopt, the gender of the child you prefer, and the ethnicity of the child. Based on …

6
Apr

Six Things to Bring When You Meet Your Host Child

Meeting your Ukrainian host child for the very first time can be a nerve-racking experience for both the host family and the host child. Host families will want to keep their expectations of this initial meeting low. Families hosting from Ukraine are meeting a child after they have been on airplanes and in airports for …

30
Mar

Ukraine Hosting Program Brings Boys to Families

I spent last weekend at a First Robotics Competition cheering on my sixteen year old son’s robotics team. Nick is a member of the drive team which means he gets to go out on the competition field and assist in maneuvering the robot. When his team was introduced to the large, cheering crowd, Nick’s face …

28
Mar

Tips for Effective Re-Do’s

I am a frequent user of the “Undo” (Ctrl + Z) and “Re-do” (Ctrl + Y) functions on a computer. When typing I don’t always get it right the first time and have to try it again when I make mistakes. Sometimes I wish that there was a short cut like Ctrl + Z in …

25
Mar

Photo of the Week

This Bulgarian stud-muffin is already for Easter with his seersucker suit! How adorable! If you would like your child to be featured as our Photo of the Week, please email info@mljadoptions.com.

24
Mar

Host Family Needed!

Oleksander and Mykyta (ages 6 & 9) These two adorable brothers are described as being very good boys. Oleksander is quiet and has a mild speech delay. Both boys have many friends, love cars and computers. The brothers will be visiting Indiana as part of our Ukraine Summer Hosting, July 11th through August 5th. Hosting provides …

21
Mar

What Does “Children from Hard Places” Mean?

“Children from hard places” is a phrase used by Dr. Karyn Purvis and others in the field of child welfare to describe children who have experienced a difficult early upbringing. This language more accurately describes children in need of foster placement or adoption than some other terms or phases focused on the child’s behaviors only. …