Category - Haiti

27
Jan

Families Interested in Adopting from Africa Find Options in Haiti

We have been in contact with several families over this last month interested in adopting from Haiti, which is wonderful! There is such great need in Haiti and we are in a fortunate position to have openings for new families in our Haiti program. We are finding that families are drawn to the Haiti program for ...
12
Jan

Spots Available for Families Interested in Adopting from Haiti

If you are interested in adopting from Haiti, there are still openings in MLJ Adoptions’ Haiti International Adoption Program. We have not yet had to limit the number of families accepted into the program for a variety of reasons, and, at this time, dossiers are able to be submitted to Haiti immediately upon completion. This is ...
22
Dec

MLJ Adoptions Announces Approval Renewed in Haiti

MLJ Adoptions is thrilled to announce we are one of eighteen agencies reapproved to serve Haitian children in need of international adoption. Haiti became a Hague Convention Country in April 2014 and they are currently working towards implementing their new Hague compliant policies and procedures. The central authority in Haiti, Institut du Bien Etre Social ...
22
Sep

Why Should You Adopt from Latin America?

Did you know that Latin America is not determined by geography? Instead, a country is considered a Latin American country if a majority of the population speaks one of the romance languages. The romance languages include Spanish, French and Portuguese, all of which descended from Latin. There are similarities in vocabulary, verbiage and sentence structure ...
12
May

Top Ten Reasons to Adopt From Haiti

There are many reasons why a family may consider international adoption. While some families only know they want to adopt and provide a forever family to a child in need, others may be drawn to a particular country because of a personal connection, and others may consider the ages of the children looking for families ...
28
Mar

US State Department Recognizes Haiti as Hague Partner

MLJ Adoptions is pleased to report that the United States has officially designated Haiti as a U.S. Hague Partner, even before the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-Operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Convention) has gone into force in the country. As MLJ Adoptions has previously discussed, the Convention will enter into force ...
18
Jan

Haiti Has Joined the Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention

Haiti has deposited their instrument of ratification to the Hague Permanent Bureau (the “Bureau”) as of December 16, 2013, joining the 1993 Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention (the “Convention”). The Convention will go into force for Haiti on April 1, 2014, provided the Bureau approves. Following the deposit we now know more about the future of ...
23
Jul

MLJ Adoptions Visits Haiti Crèches & More

My assistant program director Stacy Jacobs and I had the opportunity to visit Haiti this week and stayed in Montrouis (pronounced Mone-wee). About an hour and a half outside of Port-Au-Prince, we stayed at a beautiful resort, Moulin Sur Mer, which lies on the Caribbean Sea and is surrounded by beautiful mountains and features white ...
25
Jun

MLJ Adoptions Supports the Joint Council’s Haiti Initiative

The 2010 earthquake in Haiti brought increased suffering to Haitian orphanages. Where deprivation existed before the earthquake, children were left with literally nothing after the earthquake. In the month following the earthquake the Joint Council on International Children’s Services (JCICS) and organizations it sponsored served over 45,000 children and families through programs at hospitals, medical ...
17
May

Haiti Flag Day Celebrates Nation’s Independence

For a country’s citizens, a flag is not only a symbol of national pride but also represents the nation’s history and culture. The Haitian flag is no exception. The colors and images of Haiti’s flag represent the proud nation’s story of struggle and accomplishment. Tomorrow, May 18th, is a national holiday in Haiti that commemorates ...
19
Mar

Third World Catholics See a Friend in Pope Francis

MLJ Adoptions is thrilled to be one of nineteen adoption service providers approved to provide international adoption services in Haiti. Staff members will be traveling to Haiti in the coming weeks in an effort to familiarize themselves with the procedures of the soon-to-be Hague Haiti international adoption process. Providing international adoption services in a new ...
7
Mar

What is Going on in Haiti: An Update

On January 17th of this year, Haiti’s Central Adoption Authority, Institut du Bien Etre Social et de Recherches, known as “IBESR” announced the nineteen agencies approved to do adoptions in Haiti. As we have previously shared, we are happy to announce that MLJ Adoptions, Inc. is one of those nineteen agencies! Since our announcement, there ...
17
Jan

MLJ Adoptions Has Been Approved To Do Adoptions In Haiti

MLJ Adoptions, Inc. is thrilled to announce that they are one of nineteen agencies that has been approved to work in Haiti to do adoptions! We will be opening our new pilot program in Haiti today! Haiti is now a Hague country and new program highlights will be coming in the very near future. We ...
12
Dec

Jillian Michaels Switches her Adoption from DRC to Haiti

As you may remember back in May, Jillian Michaels, former trainer for Biggest Loser, had announced that she had started the legal process to adopt a child from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Jillian explained that it was a pilot adoption program in Congo and she had commented, “I’m terrified that [the country] will close, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
2
Jun

Open House for Haitian Adoption

We will be hosting an open house to celebrate the opening of our new adoption program in Haiti. We have done several successful independent adoptions in Haiti in the past. Due to the overwhelming outpouring of compassion after the devastating earthquakes earlier this years and the changes in the adoption process, we wanted to create ...
19
May

Amazing Grace in Haiti

I am not even sure where to begin. How do you sum up what you have seen in a way that will truly convey what it was like to be in Haiti? I guess I can begin with how I felt about going to Haiti; I was afraid to go to such a hard place ...
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 ...
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