Category - Events

21
Jan

Join Us to Celebrate Adopting from Africa!

MLJ Adoptions’ Fourth Annual Celebrating Africa Adoption weekend will take place on February 20 and 21. We will have events scheduled for families who have brought home children from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as well as families currently in the adoption process and families interested in learning more about adopting from Africa. Since 2011, ...
19
Jan

Transracial Parenting and Culture Class

On Saturday, February 21st at 10:00am, MLJ Adoptions will host a Transracial Parenting seminar and cultural training education for families who wish to parent children from our programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burkina Faso. Families who are adopting from Haiti through MLJ Adoptions may also attend this training in order to help ...
2
Nov

Eastern European Adoption Celebration is a Success!

Last weekend, MLJ Adoptions sponsored the fourth annual Eastern European Adoption Day (formerly known as the Bulgaria Open House) and we are thrilled to report that it was a great success!  Many prospective adoptive families attended our initial information session. Families in process of gathering their documents, families who are waiting on their referral, as ...
15
Oct

Celebrate Your Adoptive Child’s Culture with Authentic Foods

As cooler weather is beginning to settle in for fall, I begin to crave the comfort and warmth that soup brings.  A warm bowl of soup just seems to hit the spot when the temperature begins to drop.  My Ukrainian children love Green Borscht (no beets allowed for those of you afraid of them.).  It ...
13
Oct

Join Us Saturday, October 25th to Celebrate Eastern European Adoption

Day of Love – Денна любовта (Den na lyubovta) One of my favorite days of the year is fast approaching. What was formerly known as our Bulgaria Open House, has been renamed to be our Eastern European Adoption Day. It is so rewarding to me to see so many families that have a heart for ...
9
Sep

MLJ Adoptions Hosts Eastern European Adoption Day

We have much to celebrate this year with our Bulgaria international adoption program! Not only have we given twenty-one referrals to our families in 2014, but we are thrilled to have welcomed home eleven children to permanent, loving homes. On Saturday, October 25th, MLJ Adoptions will host an Eastern European Adoption Day to celebrate! We ...
13
Aug

MLJ Adoptions Hosts Free Affording Adoption Seminar

Adoption is expensive. MLJ Adoptions’ Financial Resources Coordinator, Camie Schuiteman will share the ins and outs of fundraising and grant writing on Friday, September 12th from 1:00 – 3:00. She is full of fun ideas for how to finance your family’s adoption journey. No matter where you are in the process, she’s got tips for how to ...
30
Jul

Gov. Pence Hosts Information Fair for Adoption & Foster Care

Governor Mike Pence will host the first ever Information Fair for Adoption and Foster Care at this year’s Indiana State Fair.  Pence continues to exhibit his passion for adoption and use his platform to promote the need for adoption. As you may know, the Governor hosted a similar event at the Statehouse this past November ...
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 ...
24
Jun

Annual Adoption Picnic 2014

Each year MLJ Adoptions hosts an Adoption Picnic where we invite clients and their families, prospective adoptive parents, adoption and orphan care advocates, friends and neighbors to gather. This picnic has become a family favorite event and one that our staff looks forward to every year as well. We enjoy putting a face with a ...
4
Jun

Initial Information Session – Get Your Questions Answered!

The beginning of the adoption process – the information gathering phase – can be overwhelming. There is much to learn and there are many questions that need to be asked. Which agency is right for our family? Can we afford this process? Which country program is a good fit for our family? What aged child ...
3
Jun

Adoption Day at Victory Field

MLJ Adoptions will host an Adoption Day for Indianapolis locals touched by adoption. The event will be held at Victory Field where the Indianapolis Indians will take on the Louisville Bats. Even though our focus is on international adoption, we feel July 4th is a great way to rejoice and honor adopted children as NEW ...
9
Mar

MLJ Adoptions Hosts Latin America Adoption Information Session

According to UNICEF estimates, there are 10.5 million orphans in Latin America. The 2012 census indicated that 6.5 million people live in the entire state of Indiana. There are 4 million more children in need of families in Latin America than there are residents in the state of Indiana. These children are the world’s most vulnerable population; ...
3
Mar

Why an Adoption Playgroup?

I remember sharing with some moms about my struggle with leaving my daughter in the nursery at church. Their response was she would be fine, just leave her, all kids go through that. I tried to explain to them that my daughter still had fears of abandonment. Additionally, the nursery looked very much like an ...
13
Feb

How to Love Adoption this Valentine’s Day

Adoption in our house is something to love. We love it because our boys were brought into our family and our hearts through adoption. Every day we are reminded of the joy, excitement and craziness they bring to our lives (they are both almost 3!). As an adoptive mother I am always trying to think ...
6
Feb

Valentine’s Day Gifts That Give Back

This Friday is the day that celebrates love around the world, better known as Saint Valentine’s Day! Traditionally Valentine’s Day is a day when we express our love for those we cherish by offering gifts such as sending flowers, confectionery treats arranged in boxes shaped in the form of a heart or sending heartfelt greeting cards expressing ...
8
Jan

Join Us At Our Annual Africa Party!

We are excited to announce our 3rd Annual Celebrating Africa Party! We invite you to join Marie and the MLJ team as we celebrate the rich African culture! This annual family event will be full of fun activities such as crafts, art, and of course food! This is a great opportunity to connect with other ...
24
Dec

Christmas Song Recital

It Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas! The Christmas season has arrived once more. Christmas Time is Here and as all of us begin to celebrate The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, I wonder every year when thinking of the millions of children in need around the world, Do They Know It Is ...
4
Dec

Annual Holiday Ornament Contest

It’s that time of year again! We’re putting up our tree and reminiscing over the ornaments and cards we received last year! We loved receiving the ornaments so much last year that we are asking you all to send us some more this year. It means so much to us to have a tree full ...
19
Sep

Second Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration at MLJ

On October 26th of this year, MLJ Adoptions will be hosting its Second Annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration. Dia de los Muertos is primarily considered a Mexican holiday, but is celebrated throughout other Hispanic and Latin American countries as well, and each country has some unique traditions to add to ...
21
May

Join Us For A Samoan Luau!

We are excited to announce that on Sunday, June 23rd we will be hosting a Samoan Luau! This is a fun and easy opportunity for families to connect with other families who have adopted or will be adopting from Samoa, to stay active in the adoption network, and to learn more about the Samoan culture. ...
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