Category - MLJ Adoptions

17
Apr

Meet Karson!

Hello everyone! As way of introduction my name is Karson Loscar. I have recently joined the MLJ Adoptions International team as the Client Intake Specialist and Office Manager. I am very excited and privileged to work in the field of international adoptions. I personally have not had a connection with adoption prior to beginning my ...
15
Apr

APRIL IS NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH

It is that time of year again…National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Not only this month but throughout the year, MLJ Adoptions International, Inc. encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making their community a better place for children and their families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they ...
8
Apr

Meet Mikayla!

Hello! My name is Mikayla Carroll and I have recently become a part of the MLJ team as a Master of Social Work Intern. This is my first year in the MSW program at IUPUI and I am set to graduate in May 2020.  I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies ...
18
Mar

National Social Worker Month!

HOORAY FOR OUR SOCIAL WORKERS !!!   National Professional Social Worker month, celebrated each March since proclaimed by the White House in 1984, is designed to spotlight the important contributions more than 680,000 Social Workers make to our society and our families. Social Workers are not often the most noticeable workers as they generally work ...
27
Feb

Orphan Crisis in South America

If you are tuned into the news, you are aware of the current political and economic crisis in Venezuela. The country is in economic downfall as the people of Venezuela fight for democracy and try to unseat President Nicolás Maduro.  The ongoing crisis has created a shortage of food and medicine in the country, leaving ...
13
Feb

Adopting from Bangladesh

Recently MLJ Adoptions International was able to welcome home a family adopting a child from Bangladesh! MLJ Adoptions International assists families hoping to adopt from Bangladesh through our Primary Provider program, also known as MLJ’s Individualized Country Programs (ICP for short). MLJ has successfully assisted several families wanting to adopt a child in need from ...
6
Feb

Meet Samantha!

Hello all! My name is Samantha Brown, and I started working with MLJ Adoptions International in May 2018 as an intern assisting with several International Programs. Through the course of my internship, I found assisting prospective adoptive families greatly rewarding and a way to impact the lives of families and children.  I have recently completed ...
30
Jan

Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery

As Super Bowl weekend approaches, many of us in the United States prepare for one of the biggest celebrations each year. We stock up on chips, dip, wings and fun drinks and anticipate some of the best commercials on television. We have family and friends over to cheer our favorite (or second choice) team and ...
28
Jan

Information on the 2018 Adoption Tax Credit

First and foremost, MLJ Adoptions International is not a qualified tax preparer and cannot provide you with advice for filing your taxes. We suggest you contact a tax professional.   However, we can remind you that there is a non-refundable tax credit for qualified  adoption expenses paid to adopt an eligible child. The IRS tax code ...
23
Jan

ENTERING YOUR ADOPTION JOURNEY AWARE AND INVOLVED

Some prospective parents enter the adoption process with very definite ideas about the child they want to adopt.  When they first call or email, they provide very specific information on the child they want and ask what the process is to obtain such a child.  While well meaning and likely based on previous thought and ...
14
Jan

Keeping in Touch After the Adoption

The key to success in any large undertaking is preparation, and adoption is no exception. Adoptive parents have required education which includes a set of core classes and additional courses selected for them based on their individual adoption process. The goal is to prepare the adoptive parents for what will be a life-changing transition for ...
2
Jan

From Philly to Indy with love!

What a blessing and honor it is to join the MLJ team here in Indianapolis! My name is Lauren Raczkowski and I have recently joined MLJ as the new Director of Social Services. Don’t worry, Karlene is still here! She is now the Executive Director and my mentor. For the last 16 years, I have ...
27
Dec

The Importance of Teamwork in Adoption

The international adoption process is hard—mountains of paperwork, hours of education, home studies that delve into the depths of your personal life, extended waiting periods for that child referral, occasional delays in country processes, and the challenges of residing in a foreign country for a while to be with your child. Sometimes early enthusiasm for ...
21
Dec

Photo of the Week!

It’s officially Winter! Make sure you bundle up like this adorable little guy! If you would like your child to be featured as our Photo of the Week, email karson@mljadoptions.com
20
Dec

Christmas Traditions in Eastern Europe!

Christmas Traditions around the World! Eastern European Countries It’s Christmas time again! The holidays are a wonderful time to spend quality time with loved ones and take part in family traditions. One thing that MLJ Adoptions encourages families to do is to incorporate other countries traditions to help their adopted children feel more at home. ...
13
Dec

Christmas Traditions in Africa!

Christmas Traditions around the World! African Countries It’s Christmas, the most wonderful time of the year! The holidays make it a perfect time to spend with loved ones and take part in family traditions. MLJ Adoptions likes to encourage families to incorporate other countries traditions to help their adopted children feel more at home. When ...
11
Dec

ADJUSTMENT IS A NORMAL PROCESS

I took my 10-month-old grandson, George, to get his first new shoes this past weekend.  He is just beginning to try to walk and I wanted to be sure he had good shoes that provided all the support he needs.  He normally easily accepts going to new places and he enjoys seeing other children, but ...
6
Dec

Christmas Traditions in the Island Countries We Serve!

Christmas Traditions around the World! Island Countries Jingle bells, Jingle bells, Jingle all the way! Christmas is almost here! During the holidays, it is the best time to spend with family and engage in traditions. Here at MLJ, we always encourage families bring in other countries traditions and incorporate them into their own. This helps ...
4
Dec

The Kennedy Family

During the summer of 2007 my husband and I met a little girl who was being hosted by the Kidsave Summer Miracles program. Before I even knew she was being hosted, before I even knew she was an orphan, God clearly told me she was my daughter. Not only that, He told me she was ...
27
Nov

Meet Katelyn Smith!

Hello MLJ families! As some of you know, my name is Katelyn Smith and I have recently joined the staff here at MLJ Adoptions. I was previously working as an intern with the Bulgaria and Ukraine programs. I had the privilege of working under Lydia Tarr, who recently stepped down to pursue her career in ...
20
Nov

IT’S NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH!

Perhaps you have seen the Facebook posts of friends and family celebrating the pictures of their adopted children.  Maybe you attended an Orphan Sunday event at your church to educate and inform yourself about adoption options and supportive services you can engage in for orphans without families. You may have read proclamations or letters from ...
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