Category - Congo

23
Aug

Adoption and Your Child's Privacy

As I cruise around the world wide web, a large part of my time is spent perusing adoption blogs and articles. It is a great way to get educated and connected. You can read about other’s adoption stories and even become "friends" with folks you might not otherwise meet. But when it comes to adoptions ...
10
Aug

"Amazing Grace": book review

Last night our family started a new tradition; we read a bedtime story together. As a teacher I get many books through Scholastic, so we have a good collection at home for Story to read as she gets older. Since my job focuses on developing reading skills in children I figure I can share this ...
28
Jun

Why You Should Read Tintin in The Congo

In 1931 the Belgian author Georges Remi (1907-1983) under his pseudonym "Herge" wrote Tintin in the Congo, the story of his lucky, young journalist on an adventure in the Belgian colony of Congo. This book has been receiving a lot of press recently due to the controversial nature of it’s content. At the time Tintin ...
11
Jun

DRCongo Adoption News

In response to a recent posting by another US adoption group indicating they are experiencing delays and disappointments with their DRC adoption program and as a result are no longer accepting adoption applications for Congo, MLJ Adoptions, Inc. would like to provide you with the following update: MLJ Adoptions, Inc. is not experiencing changes or ...
10
Jun

Congo Adoption Program Updates

Our adoption program in the Democratic Republic of Congo was launched in October 2009. The popularity of this program is related to the availability of infants, the quick process compared to other international adoption programs, and travel is not required by adoptive parents. With the popularity of the program, however, we have found as the ...
3
Jun

Hope for Congo

This October 2nd I will be running 5K in honor of my daughter’s first mother. I am not a runner. I’ve never been a runner. I am not even sure how to run. But, as we wait for our daughter to arrive home I’ve been using running in order to de-stress during the adoption process. ...
12
Apr

Resources & Responsibilities: part 2

Yesterday, I posted about the resources MLJ Adoptions, Inc. provides to prepare families to parent an adopted child, even in difficult situations. I look forward to your questions and comments on both parts of this important discussion. Even in extreme situations, there are resources available to parents struggling to integrate a new child into their ...
12
Apr

Resources & Responsibilities: part 1

The story of Artyom Savelyev adopted from and returned to Russia is deeply concerning for me as an adoption advocate and licensed mental health counselor who has worked with all sides of the adoption triad. I am concerned about all of the other children in Russia who may miss out on a chance for a ...
8
Mar

Healing Grief

My daughter arrived home at thirteen months, broken in spirit and disconnected. I sensed that she was engulfed in an invisible cocoon. Her cries and screams which happened without warning and often over a dozen times each day, expressed her fathomless grief and her inability to connect. My daughter was trying, but her sensory processing ...
20
Feb

Considering The Risk To Every Child

I was saddened earlier this week to hear a news story from CBS news about Christian World Adoption. Incidences like what CBS reports ocurred in Ethiopia and what the group of American Baptists in Haiti attempted end up hurting more children than they could ever help. The publicity may make some more hesitant about adopting, ...
17
Nov

New Adoption Program in Congo

We are very excited about our new program in the Democratic Republic of Congo and happy to already be working with families across the United States. There are many waiting children for whom we would love to find a loving home and family. Currently referral times are immediate to three months, however as the program ...
23
Oct

Those Eyes…

Those eyes, looking past me, hesitant to make eye contact, afraid to hope… those eyes that track from just below my face to one of the babies… That look, deep in those eyes, with the stoic knowing that our only interest must be in the babies… That hesitance to engage with us, with me, in ...
12
Oct

How to Keep Your Cool Through the Adoption Journey

Adoption is the legal transfer of parental rights & responsibilities to the adopting parent. Like any legal process, there is often a lot of confusion & paperwork involved. In inter-country adoption four different areas of law are involved. In addition, there are times when you must wait or be dependent on the decisions of others. ...
23
Aug

Answers About the Adoption Tax Credit – Part 1

In the next few weeks, we will be sharing a series of posts about the Adoption Tax Credit, written by Rob Pederson. Rob is a CPA with 11 years of experience – 4 in public accounting as an auditor and tax preparer, and 7 in the accounting departments of two publicly traded companies. He also ...
16
Jun

Handling the Difficult Truth with Honesty

I want to Thank Amy Eldridge for bringing this blog by Sang-Shil Kim to our attention with her commentary. In "An Inconvient Truth" Sang-Shil discusses the feelings she has knowing that adoption was a "second choice" for her parents and not wanting to know how many years were spent trying to conceive or how many ...
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