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May

The Need for International Adoption from Haiti

Haiti is widely considered to be the most impoverished country in the western hemisphere, with almost 80% of its citizens living below the poverty line. Due to the extreme poverty prevalent in Haiti, many families are unable to care for their children; 15% of children in Haiti are estimated to be living outside of family care, …

3
May

Should I Grow My Family Through International Adoption?

Whether because of infertility or a desire to help a child in need, you may find yourself contemplating adding to your family through international adoption. There are many factors to consider before pursuing an international adoption. Ask yourself these five questions to see if international adoption is right for you. Am I Ready to Adopt …

2
May

Five Ways That Our Families Afford Adoption

At MLJ Adoptions, we never want money to come between families and children who need loving, permanent homes. We understand the cost of adoption can seem overwhelming. But we’ve had the privilege of celebrating with families as they have paid their final invoice and are preparing to bring their children home. Here are the top …

17
Apr

Accepting Families into our Haiti Adoption Program!

MLJ Adoptions is very excited to announce that we are able to accept families into our Haiti international adoption program! Each dossier that we submit means another child is on their way to a loving, permanent home! Last year was a big year for our families adopting from Haiti. Our first two children joined their forever …

17
Jan

What Everyone Must Understand About the Adoption Tax Credit

The adoption tax credit can be a wonderful benefit to families looking to add to their family through international adoption! But, it is important that families understand fully how the adoption tax credit works before they make the decision to adopt internationally, especially if they are depending on the tax credit to afford adoption. The …

29
Nov

Four Reasons to Obtain the Certificate of Citizenship For Your Child!

The Certificate of Citizenship is an essential document that your adoptive child may need throughout their lives. Whether completing the FAFSA for college aid, starting a new job or registering to vote, proof of U.S. citizenship can become an issue in a variety of circumstances. Here are the top four reasons to get your child’s …

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 …

25
Oct

Winter Hosting Program Gives Ukrainian Boys the Experience of a Family!

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 lit …

28
Sep

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 …

25
Jul

4 Money Questions to Ask Before You Start Your International Adoption

Affording adoption is not usually a simple matter. The numbers and labels batted about in the beginning of the process can be confusing and even seem overwhelming. The sheer costs listed on an agency’s fee sheet may make you want to faint. But take a deep breath! Families have done this before; affording international adoption …

6
Jun

Five Tips for a Successful Adoption Grant Application

Families pursuing international adoption may choose to apply for adoption grants. There are grant giving organizations who care for children who have been orphaned by giving grants to families pursuing adoption. The process can be time consuming, but for some families, it is by receiving these grants that they are able to continue on their …

11
May

Affording Adoption: Where to Start

It doesn’t take too long for families considering growing their families through international adoption to realize that adoption is expensive, and that affording adoption may be a challenge. Although, it seems unreasonable to have high expenses associated with such a loving process, there is no getting around the fact that the expense of international adoption …

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 …

15
Feb

Does your Family Want to Adopt from Burkina Faso?

Families choosing to grow their families through international adoption are often interested in adopting from Africa. They understand the great need in African countries. A lack of infrastructure in many African countries leaves orphaned children vulnerable to the harsh world. A desire to meet this critical need draws families to consider adopting from Africa. However, …

6
Jan

Three Reasons to Choose MLJ Adoptions to Adopt From Bulgaria

Your family has decided to adopt from Bulgaria! What’s next? Once your family has decided where, the next big question is who. Who will you partner with on your adoption journey? The agency you choose to work with to adopt from Bulgaria will be a part of your life for the duration of your adoption journey. We are excited to share three reasons you should use MLJ Adoptions to adopt from Bulgaria.

15
Jun

Top Five Reasons Adoptive Dads are Superheroes

Father’s Day is this Sunday and we wanted to recognize all of our adoptive fathers. Often the international adoption process is driven by mothers and fathers take a backseat. But their role in the process is essential to producing adoption success stories. Here are five reasons we think adoptive dads are superheroes. International adoption is …

6
May

Five Ways to Honor an Adoptive Mother-To-Be on Mother’s Day

Completing an international adoption requires enough paperwork to kill dozens of trees. And imagine dealing with the red tape of not only your own state and federal governments but also the government agencies of another country! All in an effort to obtain that final piece of paper that says this family you’ve been imagining can …

27
Apr

Why You Should Consider Adopting Boys

The 2010 Census shows that 51% of children born in the United States are boys. The Department of State’s Report on Intercountry Adoption recorded that boys make up only 38% percent of all children adopted by Americans outside the United States – quite disproportional when compared to the Census data. What gives? Turns out that …

15
Apr

Do You Want to Make a Difference for Children in Need?

We need your help. Since its inception in 2008, MLJ Adoptions has placed over 250 children in loving, permanent homes. That’s over 250 children who are no longer languishing in institutions, but instead, thriving with loving families. With programs in nine countries, the operations of MLJ Adoptions are complex and require a diverse set of leaders with a …

15
Jan

The Importance of Adoption Stories

Everyone loves a good story. Great stories tell of grand adventures, lives well lived and incredible obstacles overcome. They remind us of the extraordinary right in the midst of our ordinary lives. Good stories invite us to live our own lives with more intentionality and gratefulness, and they challenge us to look beyond our present …

23
Jul

Do You Have What it Takes for International Adoption?

Join us in our offices downtown Indianapolis to learn about international adoption and meet staff members of MLJ Adoptions. MLJ Adoptions CEO and Adoption Attorney, Michele Jackson, will present an Initial Information Seminar for all families considering adding to their families through international adoption on Friday, September 12 from 3:00 – 5:00. Michele, an adoptive …

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