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Feb

The Importance of Telling Your Child “I Love You”

“The best advice I could give any parent would be to never pass up a chance to tell your kids that you love them. Touch them, cuddle and hug them often. Never part without saying ‘I love you.’”
28
Jan

Information on the 2018 Adoption Tax Credit

First and foremost, MLJ Adoptions International is not a qualified tax preparer and cannot provide you with advice for filing your taxes. We suggest you contact a tax professional.   However, we can ...
23
Jan

ENTERING YOUR ADOPTION JOURNEY AWARE AND INVOLVED

Some prospective parents enter the adoption process with very definite ideas about the child they want to adopt.  When they first call or email, they provide very specific information on the child they want and ask wh...
16
Jan

Taking Care of You

The adoption journey is not an easy one. Is it exciting? Yes. Is it focused on love? Yes. Is it joyful? Yes. Is it stress-free and relaxed? No. As an adoptive parent-in-waiting, you will experience a myriad of emotion...
27
Dec

The Importance of Teamwork in Adoption

The international adoption process is hard---mountains of paperwork, hours of education, home studies that delve into the depths of your personal life, extended waiting periods for that child referral, occasional dela...
11
Dec

ADJUSTMENT IS A NORMAL PROCESS

I took my 10-month-old grandson, George, to get his first new shoes this past weekend.  He is just beginning to try to walk and I wanted to be sure he had good shoes that provided all the support he needs.  He normall...
20
Nov

IT’S NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH!

Perhaps you have seen the Facebook posts of friends and family celebrating the pictures of their adopted children.  Maybe you attended an Orphan Sunday event at your church to educate and inform yourself about adoptio...
20
Aug

What Are Some Specific Ways to Prepare a Child for School?

There are so many ways to prepare your child to head b...
28
Jul

Unspoken Gratitude

I recently had the wonderful opportunity of seeing the 1947 holiday ...
23
Jul

Resources for Families Considering International Adoption

Many families begin scrambling for adoption resou...
14
May

Traveling to Ukraine

Recently, I was fortunate enough to travel to Ukra...
7
May

Protecting Adoptive Children’s Privacy While Fundraising

I recently saw a picture of a young c...
11
Apr

I’m Visiting Ukraine – What Should I Eat?

Ukrainian Proverb: Eat good food, sleep w...
26
Mar

Raising Your Child to Embrace Multiculturalism

Appreciating, understanding and thriving in our ...
29
Jan

My Trip to a Ukrainian Orphanage

Ukrainian OrphanageWhile I was in Ukraine...
8
Jan

Why Must I Take Pre-Adoption Education?

I always know when I send a new international adopti...
18
Dec

Post Adoption Services are for Everyone

Let’s face it, the adoption journey can be hard! Rea...
20
Nov

Separation Anxiety in your Child: Normal Behavior or Problematic?

When my daughter recently started h...
30
Oct

Adoption Connections Make the Difference

The success of any adoption depends upon the ability to connect, w...
20
Sep

Why is Back to School Especially Difficult for Children from Hard Places?

Back to school season can be dif...
21
Aug

Adoption & Education: Specific Tips for Collaborating with a Teacher

With the school year starting soon or recently start...
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