Blog

5
Dec

Adopting from Ukraine – A 2016 Program Update!

For families interested in adopting from Ukraine, 2016 started off on an exciting note! MLJ Adoptions re-introduced our Ukraine Winter Hosting Program, which started in December 2015 and ran through mid-January 2016. Seven families participated, which allowed seven children to experience the love of a family, maybe for the first time in their lives. Once the …

28
Nov

Adopting from Haiti – A 2016 Program Update!

This past year has contained a lot of excitement for MLJ Adoptions’ families adopting from Haiti! The program officially opened in 2013, but there have been some setbacks along the way. When Haiti officially joined the Hague Convention in April 2014, the implementation of new regulations caused a slowdown for families waiting to receive referrals and …

25
Nov

Photo of the Week

We hope your family had a safe and happy Thanksgiving! This year, and every year, we are so thankful to work with all of you! If you would like your child to be featured as our Photo of the Week, please email info@mljadoptions.com.

22
Nov

First Children Arrive Home from Haiti!

MLJ is happy to share that our first two adoptive families have completed their adoptions from Haiti and brought their children home!  This is a milestone for these families, as well as for MLJ as an agency. We could not be happier! Adoption from Haiti by U.S. families has been popular for many years in …

16
Nov

The Value of Resources

What is the value in the adoption support resources that are sent to families upon starting the adoption process? Is it just useless information and needless reading that is sent to adoptive families? The resources provided by adoption agencies at the beginning of a family’s adoption process are easy to ignore; there is so much to …

14
Nov

My Trip to Samoa

As a program director working in international adoption, most of my daily routine keeps me anchored to my computer, assisting adoptive parents with their adoption process and working with foreign attorneys.  So it is a real pleasure when I have the opportunity to travel to the countries we serve. Recently my travels took me to …

11
Nov

Photo of the Week

Our annual Africa party is this Saturday the 12th, from 1-3PM! Come and enjoy some food, crafts, dancing and fun! RSVP here. If you would like your child to be featured as our Photo of the Week, please email info@mljadoptions.com.

9
Nov

MLJ’s Second Family Receives a Referral from Burkina Faso!

Adoption agencies celebrate several milestones that adoptive families achieve during their international adoption processes, and one of the most anticipated ones is when a family is matched with a child in need. Personally, one of the most exciting calls that I make to adoptive parents is calling them to share that they have been matched with …

7
Nov

What’s the Big Deal About Birth Order?

As a budding young psychology student in the ‘70s, I remember reading The Birth Order Book: Why You Are The Way You Are by Dr. Kevin Leman and thinking “Wow, that explains so much!” As the oldest child in a large Catholic family, I now had an excuse for being an over-achieving, conscientious, cautious, perfectionistic, …

2
Nov

How Do Ordinary Americans Afford Adoption?

Many families have the heart for international adoption, but not all feel they possess the financial wherewithal to adopt internationally. The cost of an international adoption can be prohibitive to some families, but MLJ Adoptions has also seen many ordinary families use simple strategies to afford adoption. It’s our hope that by your family would …

28
Oct

Photo of the Week

We hope your Halloween weekend is as fun and full of adventure as this little guy’s! If you would like your child to be featured as our Photo of the Week, please email info@mljadoptions.com.

26
Oct

What Happens Once We’re Matched with a Child from Samoa?

Receiving a referral is no doubt one of the most anticipated milestones during the adoption process. But what comes next? For families adopting from Samoa, we’ve provided a snapshot of what happens once you are matched with a child. Identifying and referring the Children:  In Samoa, the Samoa Victim Support Group (SVSG) is responsible for identifying …

24
Oct

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 …

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