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18
May

Why Do Sending Countries Want Post Adoption Reports?

Many countries of origin or sending countries require that adoptive parents send reports after the adoption is finalized, sometimes for many years after the adoption is completed, to ensure the child has transitioned well and to ensure the continued welfare of that child.  These reports are referred to as Post Adoption Reports, or in the …

12
Apr

Burkina Faso : What Happens During Travel to Bring Our Adopted Child Home?

Once the adoption process is finalized in the courts, and families have waited the mandatory 30-day waiting period and received their Certificate of Non-Appeal (CONA), they will receive their Adoption Order which finalizes their adoption in Burkina Faso. This means that they are now the legal parents of their adopted child! The final steps in the adoption …

6
Mar

What Happens After My Court Process is Completed in Burkina Faso?

MLJ Adoptions is celebrating with our first family to have finalized their legal adoption process in Burkina Faso! This family represents our first family in the Burkina Faso country program to become legal parents of a Burkinabe child! Following up to our last installment of what happens after you receive a referral, we detail here what …

20
Dec

Meeting Your Child for the First Time

After a long and exhausting process, the most anticipated moment of your adoption is when you meet your child for the first time. This is an exciting, and probably nerve-wracking moment, and parents rarely know what to expect. Managing these emotions, as well as your expectations, are key to making this joyous meeting a smooth one …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

12
Sep

What Happens Once We’re Matched with a Child in Burkina Faso?

For families looking to adopt from Africa, Burkina Faso is a wonderful country option. While there are many reasons why this is true, one of them is that Burkina Faso is signatory to the Hague Adoption Convention. When a family adopting from Burkina Faso is matched with a child, the process follows procedures as outlined …

6
Sep

A Recent Trip to the US Embassy in Haiti

I recently returned from a trip to Haiti. Many ask what we do as an agency when we travel internationally. Always on the agenda are trips to orphanages, or as in the case in Haiti, we visited three different crèches. Touring crèches allow us to not only visit and play with the children but also …

24
Aug

A Fundraising Option: Adopt Together

In a perfect world, those of us committed to finding forever homes for children in need would provide services free of charge. However, this is not the reality, as individuals working in adoption have their own personal commitments of supporting families and paying monthly expenses such as rent, utilities, and groceries. Dedication to finding homes …

22
Aug

What Does a Referral from Burkina Faso Look Like?

Receiving a referral is a definite highlight in most families’ adoption journeys! It’s one of the most anticipated moments; waiting, waiting, waiting and then months later, the phone rings and it’s THE REFERRAL! MLJ Adoptions recently had our first family receive a referral in our Burkina Faso program. This family waited seven months to be …

16
Aug

MLJ Celebrates Five Years Working in Samoa!

MLJ Adoptions opened the Samoa international adoption program in 2011, and we are happily celebrating our five year anniversary! While Samoa is a relatively small program, it has seen many successes.  Since opening the program, we have welcomed 28 children home to their forever families!  MLJ recently expanded the program to include families from Canada …

15
Aug

Jordan Windle: Adoptee, Olympic Athlete, and Role Model

The Olympics are being held this summer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with opening ceremonies beginning on August 5th and continuing through the closing ceremonies on August 21st.  Going back as early as 776 B.C. in ancient Greece, the Olympic Games represent the pinnacle of sporting achievement for all athletes. The games and competitions provide a chance …

31
May

What Does Special Needs Look Like in Burkina Faso?

Families seeking to adopt a special needs child from Africa may want to consider Burkina Faso as a possible option. Burkina Faso is a landlocked country located in central Africa and signatory to The Hague Convention. Because Burkina Faso is a Hague country, it affords prospective adoptive parents added protection that non-convention countries may not have. …

24
May

MLJ Adoptions’ Family Receives First Burkina Faso Referral!

We are excited to announce that our first family adopting from Burkina Faso has been matched with a child! The family waited seven months from submitting their dossier to Burkina Faso’s central authority to receiving news this month that they were matched with a child. Burkina Faso is a country located in western Africa and …

24
Feb

Primary Provider Successes to Celebrate!

MLJ Adoptions is excited to celebrate success as a primary provider! As an agency, we love it when families finalize their processes and bring their adopted children to the United States! While the process may be long and arduous at times, filled with unending stacks of paperwork, appointments and requirements, it is always rewarding when …

8
Feb

What are Primary Provider Services?

The implementation of the Universal Accreditation Act (UAA) which requires all adoptive parents to utilize the services of a primary provider. It is important to partner with a primary provider before pursuing your adoption to ensure that parts of your adoption will not need to be re-done.

1
Feb

What is the Role of a Central Authority in a Hague Convention Country?

Prospective adoptive parents have a lot of questions. As an agency, we enjoy answering each and every one. How do we know our adoption will be ethical? What steps are in place to ensure my child is adoptable? How often do you travel to the countries?   These questions are even more common when the …

30
Nov

Adoption of Sixteen Special Needs Children

As an adoption professional I am always thrilled to see when an adoptive family relays that they are open to adopting a special needs child. These children are passed over time and time again by families who are only willing to adopt what they consider to be “healthy” children. You can imagine my surprise when …

25
Nov

Options for Families Seeking to Adopt a Child with Special Needs

International adoption can be confusing, trying to decide which country to adopt from, deciding the age of the child that is a good fit for your family and even deciding the gender of child you are open to; all can seem overwhelming to families. Adding to the decision making is choosing to adopt a child …

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