Category - Mexico

27
Dec

Adopting from Mexico – A 2016 Program Update!

Families adopting from Mexico in our program had an exciting 2016! After receiving our first referrals in 2015, four children were able to join their forever families this summer! Starting a new country program is full of ups and downs, much like an adoption journey itself, and our Mexico program has been no different. Adopting ...
2
Mar

Mexico International Adoption Program Advances in 2015

2015 was a great year for our families adopting from Mexico! We have received referrals of children for four of our Mexico program families. We currently have three families who have accepted referrals and have been matched with children.
26
Oct

Adopting from Mexico Requires Understanding of Geography

Mexico, like the United States, separates and governs itself by states. There are 31 federated states in Mexico, each varies in how they process adoptions and oversee child welfare. MLJ Adoptions is currently assisting families with their adoptions from the States of Hidalgo and Yucatan. Three of the referrals our families have received have been ...
1
Jul

Why Do I Need a Primary Provider to Adopt My Mexican Relative?

Some of the most frequent inquiries we receive about our Mexico international adoption program are from individuals and attorneys with questions about adopting relatives from Mexico. Families looking to begin the adoption process and even for those who have Mexican adoption decrees must still go through the same international adoption process as non-relatives. It may ...
20
May

What Will My Referral Look Like from Mexico?

We are very excited about receiving our first referrals in our Mexico program! Our first family was matched with a sibling set of two, 7 and 11 years old. From the time their dossiers were submitted to the adoption authority in Mexico to when they received their referrals, this family waited only seven months to ...
18
May

Important Milestone Achieved in Mexico Program

MLJ Adoptions is thrilled to announce that we have received our first referrals from Mexico! Receiving the first referral is a critical milestone in the development of an international adoption program. The MLJ Adoptions’ international program staff has worked very hard over the past years to receive the approval needed to work in Mexico and is ...
29
Apr

Why Adopt from Mexico?

We boarded the large shiny tour bus in Playa del Carmen after a group stroll through the upscale shopping plazas and white adobe walled resorts of this Mexican Riviera city. Lush plants and flowers bordered the decorative signs telling tourists where to go for retail therapy, water sports and gourmet dining experiences. Our tour guide, ...
9
Mar

Families Assist Relatives from Mexico Through Adoption

The culture of Mexican families is deeply rooted in a foundation of unity. This strong commitment to family is reflected in the dedication of supporting both immediate and extended family and showing support and loyalty in every circumstance.  Many Mexican families that have immigrated to the United States are living a life that their relatives ...
4
Mar

5 Ways to Celebrate Your Child’s Mexican Heritage

Families adopting from Mexico have a unique opportunity to keep their children connected to the rich Latin culture of the country. For a variety of reasons, including proximity to the United States and a growing population of Mexican Americans, it is not a difficult task for adoptive families to integrate Mexican culture and traditions into ...
2
Mar

Attorney Advocates for Adoption in United States and Mexico

It is with great pleasure we introduce to you MLJ Adoptions’ foreign supervised provider for our international adoption program in Mexico, Alan San Miguel, an attorney licensed in both Mexico and the United States. The first thing you notice upon meeting Alan, apart from his cordial demeanor, is the unique way he speaks: a mixture ...
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 ...
8
Sep

Adopting from Nicaragua and Mexico Makes Travel Requirements Easier

The time and expense of travel are important considerations when deciding whether to adopt internationally. Travel to the sending country is required for a variety of reasons; attending court hearings, meeting with the adoption authority or meeting and bringing your adopted child home. Each international adoption program has its own requirements and may involve anywhere ...
18
Aug

Who Can Adopt From Mexico?

MLJ Adoptions is excited that we have submitted five dossiers for adoptive parents in our Mexico program including one single parent!  These families who have chosen to adopt from Mexico are one step closer to realizing their dream of growing their family through adoption. Adopting from Mexico offers many advantages to U.S. prospective adoptive parents ...
11
Aug

The Need for Adoption in Mexico

We hear over and over again when families inquire about international adoption, that they want to adopt where there is the greatest need. Yes this is admirable, but there is need worldwide for adoptive families to provide homes to children in need living in institutionalized care. Particularly, there is a great need to adopt older ...
23
Jun

Why is There a Need for Adoption in Mexico?

From lush tropical areas to desert regions, mountains to beaches, the bustling of Mexico City to the indigenous Indian villages…. Mexico is a beautiful country with many contrasts. In numerous larger cities Mexico resembles parts of Los Angeles, but up the mountains far away from the city lays great poverty. Small shacks, wood and dirt ...
5
May

Five Reasons to Consider Mexico for Your International Adoption

In 2013, the Mexican government took many positive strides towards improving the climate for international adoption. Mexico is now a very strong option for families looking to adopt from Latin America. As adoption from Guatemala has been closed for some time with no end in sight, we have found that many families are seeking to ...
7
Apr

Jeremiah Williams – Can You Tell Us a Little About Your Story?

Can you tell us a little about your story? My Mom and Dad adopted me from Mexico in 1983. I was a little baby at the time of my adoption. I had long black hair and was a pretty adorable Mexican baby. I don’t use “adopted parents” when referring to my parents. My adoption was ...
20
Mar

Adopting from Latin America has Changed

Adoption from Latin America may be a wonderful option for you if you are thinking about growing your family through international adoption. However, it is important to understand that the options for adopting from Latin American have significantly decreased over the past decade. The reasons for this decline include: Independent International adoptions or use of ...
4
Feb

MLJ Adoptions Travels To Mexico

MLJ’s Executive Director, Michele Jackson and I, along with our foreign service provider, Alan San Miguel Travelled to Mexico City last week and met with DIF (Desarrollo Integral de La Familia) Officials from two states to see what the need was in each state and to discuss what MLJ could do to help children in ...
12
Dec

Poinsettias featured in Christmas Celebrations

The poinsettia plant with its striking, bright red leaves features prominently in the Christmas celebrations of both the United States and Mexico. Native to Mexico, the history of the poinsettia plant also reveals the deep historical connections between the United States and Mexico. In Mexico, the Poinsettia plant is called La Flor de la Nochebuena, ...
23
Oct

Sweet Treats Around the World

Trick-or-Treat! Halloween isn’t just a holiday that allows both adults and children to play dress up, but an excuse for us to eat unhealthy amounts of candy and sweet treats. While Halloween is not a holiday celebrated all around world, candy and other desserts are something we can find just about everywhere. Samoa A lot ...
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