Category - Congo

1
Aug

Second Place Brickyard 400 Winner, Jeff Gordon Shares His Congo Experience

NASCAR drivers Paul Menard and Jeff Gordan provided racegoers with an exciting finish at the Brickyard 400 yesterday. Menard managed to hold off Gordan for his first NASCAR win. Despite the second place finish at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway yesterday, Gordan is first in our hearts for his off the racetrack activities. Last week, Gordan ...
12
Jul

Why We Chose to Adopt

Here’s the first of our client blogs from our blog contest! Children are dying from malnutrition, taken into slave labor, used for wars, and worse all over our world. To be more accurate there are 147 million children that are in these situations or in orphanages with adequate or less than adequate care. These children ...
27
May

DRCongo: Zongo Falls Part 2

Read Part 1 of this story The attraction of the Falls is not necessarily the height but the sheer force of the water plunging over the cliff. The force of the water is quite impressive and when standing on the brink, either extraordinarily exciting or, as in my case, the source of extreme anxiety. This ...
26
May

DRCongo: Zongo Falls Part 1

One important aspect of adopting a child from another country is to be well educated on the land and culture of their heritage. This will help you better answer questions your child will ask as they grow up. To help our clients better understand the country from which they are adopting, staff members visit important ...
17
May

Jillian Michaels Actively Waiting After Sending Dossier To Congo

On May 11, 2011, People.com posted this article regarding Jillian Michaels’s adoption in process from Democratic Republic of Congo. I love reading other people’s adoption stories and there’s always a little added interest when a celebrity adopts. While reading this article, I was struck by one of the comments Michaels made, “I’m terrified that [the ...
11
May

Client Shares The Reality of Adoption With NPR

Recently, NPR’s Sound Medicine invited Angie R., a client of MLJ, to talk about the reality of adoption. Angie did a wonderful job of sharing her story. If you would like to listen to the recording you can do so here. The first thing Angie recounts is how much joy she had when she was ...
15
Apr

My Congo Experience As An Escort

I recently returned from a fabulous trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo. The country is different than any place I have ever experienced. Having been to Vietnam twice to complete my adoption, I assumed I would experience similar sites. Of course, being two different continents and two very different cultures, I was wrong. I ...
23
Feb

Jillian Michaels Announces Adopting From DRCongo

Once again, a celebrity is calling attention to international and transracial adoption. Have you heard? TV’s toughest trainer is taking on another role, that of motherhood. One of The Biggest Loser trainers, Jillian Michaels, is adopting from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Michaels, featured as one of the reality show’s key trainers, announced that she ...
20
Feb

Echos of Discrimination

Friday afternoon I attended a special presentation at Ivy Tech by Rose Mapendo, a refugee from Congo, who was named the Humanitarian of the Year by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in 2009. As a member of the Tutsi tribe, her ethnicity made her family a target for violence, imprisonment, and death in the ...
11
Feb

It’s Okay To Be A Token. Really.

Deesha Philyaw is a freelance writer and adjunct professor in the Master of Professional Writing Program at Chatham University. She is a black co-parenting mom of two girls, ages 7 and 12, one of whom is adopted, and stepmom of two girls, age 12 and 14. Deesha has written a series of blogs for us ...
10
Feb

Meeting John McCain

8
Feb

Black History Month As An Adoptive Parent

Throughout my childhood I can vividly remember February being “Black History Month”. I recall the hallways at school being decorated with posters of Frederick Douglas, Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King, Jr. I remember the lessons we would get for that month – the discussions of slavery and the Civil Rights Movement of the sixties. ...
22
Dec

Clean Drinking Water for Rural Congolese Communities

Our team had the absolute pleasure of meeting with Woody Collins, President of Congo Helping Hands, this past week. Mr. Collins informed us about his organization, with a special emphasis on their newest endeavor, The Congo Water Project. Outside of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, clean drinking water is scarce. Nearly ...
25
Oct

World of Hair Care

When I brought my daughter home in February of 2009, I entered a whole new world. I pretty much had to learn a new language with words like co-wash, no-poo, and twist-out. There were even code words like 4b, 3c, Ph, and TW and words to avoid like sulfates and parabens. I had entered the ...
18
Oct

We Will Run for Congolese Women Again

It’s not easy running a marathon. It’s doubly not easy when you are not a runner. It’s even harder when you’re pushing a stroller in the cold at 10am. But we did it. My husband and I jogged (and walked slowly at times) the entire 5K course in Chicago on October 2nd in Lincoln Park. ...
15
Sep

Life on the Congo River: NPR feature

Last week, NPR Morning Edition featured a 5-part series on the Congo River. The series starts at Kisangani (Stanleyville), the beginning of the navigable portion of the river, and continues to Kinshasa, the Capital of The Democratic Republic of Congo. According to Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, the main narrator for the story, the 3,000 mile long river ...
12
Sep

Escorting is Fun!

8
Sep

Pre-approved Elective Parenting Your Adopted Child: Tweens, Teens & Beyond

Issues inherent in adoption typically begin to surface when the child realizes they are becoming independent from their parents. Questions many parents assumed had been addressed when their child was younger often resurface. Most adoptive parents aren’t aware of this or prepared for it. Parenting Your Adopted Child: Tweens, Teens & Beyond is a class ...
3
Sep

Just Some of our African Staff

2
Sep

Parenting Transracially

Do or will you parent transracially? One of the most challenging things to do as a parent of transracially adopted children is to help them see themselves for who they are, as well as, understand how others perceive them and will treat them because of their own biases and prejudices. Especially if you’re a white ...
30
Aug

The Most Vulnerable Orphans

I love my job… and I especially love working with the children! It is such an incredible feeling to see children coming home to loving families. Even more wonderful is when I have the opportunity to witness the changes in the lives of the children – how they blossom with the love, security and opportunities ...
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