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21
Jun

Affording Adoption Ideas!

At first, the cost of adoption can feel insurmountable. Yet, the vast majority of families who begin the international adoption process are not “rich.” Very few families who decide to adopt have the finances to do so at first, but they are committed to creating a plan and working the plan to achieve their goal …

22
May

Hosting Program Gives Older Children Opportunities!

Can you find me a family? Can you take me to the United States? These are questions we receive almost inevitably when visiting older children in orphanages. Many older children understand and desire a family. It’s painful to know that so often, we will not be able to find a family for the oldest among …

17
May

Why Your Agency Harps on Post-Adoption Reporting Requirements

Post-adoption reporting requirements can be frustrating for families for several reasons. Post-adoption reports require planning and scheduling, have a cost involved, and can feel intrusive. The adoption process and the transition home can be overwhelming and stressful, you may not want to think about yet another thing to do. It can also feel intrusive to …

20
Mar

What Are Eligibility Requirements in International Adoption?

When researching international adoption and deciding on a specific agency or country program, one of the initial factors you will want to consider are eligibility requirements. Eligibility requirements will determine who can adopt from a specific program and/or agency.  Eligibility requirements are a combination of requirements from state and federal laws and policies, foreign laws …

6
Oct

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 …

5
Oct

Important Potential Changes to International Adoption! (Part One)

Recently, the Department of State (DOS) proposed new regulations that, if passed, will significantly and negatively impact international adoption. If the regulations pass as they are, they have the potential to end adoptions from several country programs and may also negatively impact adoptions from the rest. This is worrisome for many of us, but the …

7
Sep

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 …

31
Aug

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 …

23
Aug

Five Reasons to Attend MLJ Adoptions’ Picnic in 2016

Our annual picnic is my absolute favorite event that we have at MLJ. Our team is so grateful to continue to have many families come out to celebrate adoption with us each year. Here are five reasons our picnic has been and continues to be a success. Everyone is invited: Each year we have a …

23
Jun

Proposed Fee Increases for USCIS

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed a fee increase for some of their services, including those that will affect adoptive families. USCIS has announced these fees in the Federal Registrar for public comment. The proposed fee increases can be found here. The National Council for Adoption (NCFA) was kind enough to put together an …

8
Jun

Celebrating Eight Years of International Adoption at MLJ!

This year MLJ Adoptions celebrates eight years of serving children in need of families. We are proud of how far we have come, and look forward to what the future has in store for our families and for our team. Over the past eight years, we have been blessed to find loving permanent homes for …

4
May

4 Reasons to Participate in an Orphan Hosting Program this Summer

MLJ Adoptions will be bringing 12 Ukrainian children to the U.S. from July 11 – August 5, 2016 for our 2016 Summer Hosting Program. We are excited about this opportunity for the children to travel to the U.S., taking a break from institutional life and spending time with a host family. There are many reasons …

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 …

20
Apr

Meeting Your Adoptive Child for the First Time

Meeting your adoptive child for the first time is no doubt a moment which you have been imagining for a long time. The thought of this first meeting may be both exciting and intimidating. To make this first meeting as positive as is possible, set your expectations low. What to expect from your child It …

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% …

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 …

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. …

4
Feb

Indiana Congressional Delegation Advocates for Children in Need of Families

Since 2013, adoption authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have prevented adopted children from joining their families in the United States and in other countries around the world. These children, whose adoptions have been completed in the DRC have been denied the basic right to a family for over two years. This has been an …

20
Jan

What is an “Approximate Time frame”?

What is the approximate time frame for an adoption from Bulgaria? It is always a bit of a struggle to answer this question. It is a question with many answers, and yet really no answer at all.

16
Dec

A Very Ukrainian Christmas

While traveling this November with Lydia Tarr to Ukraine, I found a beautiful book called Ukrainian Cuisine and Folk Traditions by Lidia Artiukh. I picked up this book in an area called “The Slope” in Kyiv, Ukraine, which is appropriately named given the market is located in a hilly area. If you are a lover …

18
Nov

The Power of Each Story

If you’ve ever been to an orphanage/crèche/hogar/children’s home to visit or serve, you’ve undoubtedly had the feeling I hope to describe. There will be one child (sometimes a few) from each trip who leave the country with you, not physically, but in your heart. Once you have seen the yearning for a family in a …

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