Category - MLJ Adoptions

26
Feb

Working to Find Families for Children with Additional Needs

Simona Hoy works for Vesta, MLJ Adoptions’ Bulgarian partner organization. She primarily works to advocate for waiting children, who can be viewed on MLJ Adoptions’ Waiting Child Photolisting.  As much as it can be rewarding and personally satisfying to work in helping orphaned children, it may also often leave you with a heavy heart. I ...
31
Jan

What Country and Child-Specific Information Does MLJ Provide to Families?

Communication is always key to developing relationships. In adoption, we’ve found that whenever we can share information specifically regarding a family’s country program or about their referred child, that is the most helpful and appreciated communication. For this reason, we are always working to provide more and better country specific and child specific information. This ...
29
Jan

My Trip to a Ukrainian Orphanage

While I was in Ukraine earlier this year, we traveled to a smaller town east of the capital city to visit a Ukrainian orphanage, and the children who live there. To get to Zaporizhya from Kyiv, you must head southeast on the fast train. Although we are leaving very early in the morning, the concrete ...
27
Dec

Celebrating 2017! – An MLJ Adoptions Update

This year has been a whirlwind for MLJ Adoptions! It’s both a privilege and a responsibility to be able to advocate for our world’s most vulnerable children. Each and every day our team is thankful we are invited to play a role in caring for unparented children in Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, ...
15
Nov

Support Vulnerable Children in Burkina Faso!

We at MLJ are excited that a second family is nearing completion of their adoption process in Burkina Faso! Our Burkina Faso program has exceeded our expectations with regards to transparency, ethical practices, practices for caring for children in need and waiting timelines for prospective adoptive parents.  To date, three additional families have been matched ...
9
Oct

MLJ Adoptions’ Third Quarter Update

The leaves have started turning colors and falling to the ground, signaling that fall is here! At least in Indiana. The end of September also signifies the end of another quarter, and a time to share updates in our country programs. We have so much to be thankful for! Bulgaria Since the end of June, ...
10
Jul

Reviews of MLJ Adoptions: 2017

One of our goals in serving children and families is to limit the stress of adoption and provide the most positive experience possible for our families. The adoption process is certainly not perfect,  and can be extremely stressful for all involved. We know that we cannot eliminate the stress, but we do try our best ...
3
Jul

MLJ Adoptions’ Second Quarter Update!

We’re already halfway through 2017, and MLJ Adoptions has much to celebrate! In the month of May alone, we had eight families matched with children in three different country programs. Bulgaria Two families in our Bulgaria program received referrals for children this spring! Family One was matched with three biological siblings, ages seven, five and ...
9
Jun

In Honor of Father’s Day – Start Your Adoption Journey Today!

Some of my fondest memories growing up are times I spent with my dad. He would let me ride my bike as he ran several times a week; we would talk a little bit, but mostly just spend time together. He often took me to the park to kick the soccer ball around. From a ...
18
May

Why Do Sending Countries Want Post Adoption Reports?

Many countries of origin or sending countries require that adoptive parents send reports after the adoption is finalized, sometimes for many years after the adoption is completed, to ensure the child has transitioned well and to ensure the continued welfare of that child.  These reports are referred to as Post Adoption Reports, or in the ...
3
May

Should I Grow My Family Through International Adoption?

Whether because of infertility or a desire to help a child in need, you may find yourself contemplating adding to your family through international adoption. There are many factors to consider before pursuing an international adoption. Ask yourself these five questions to see if international adoption is right for you. Am I Ready to Adopt ...
25
Apr

Exciting International Adoption Updates from MLJ!

The first three months of 2017 were exciting for MLJ Adoptions! After bringing seven children home in December 2016, we were eager to see what the new year had in store for our international adoption families. The first quarter has been full of good things! Bulgaria Six children joined their forever families from Bulgaria! They ...
17
Apr

Accepting Families into our Haiti Adoption Program!

MLJ Adoptions is very excited to announce that we are able to accept families into our Haiti international adoption program! Each dossier that we submit means another child is on their way to a loving, permanent home! Last year was a big year for our families adopting from Haiti. Our first two children joined their forever ...
13
Apr

Easter in Ukraine

I was born and raised in Ukraine, and one of the sweetest memories about my childhood is our Easter celebration. Every year we gathered all together at my grandmother’s house. It was always like a family reunion since I only saw some of my relatives on Easter.This is my third Easter here in US, far away from ...
10
Apr

Introducing our Ukraine Summer Hosting Program!

MLJ Adoptions is pleased to share that a group of Ukrainian children will be visiting the U.S. this summer from July 13 – August 15, 2017. The hosting program provides a great opportunity for children from Ukrainian orphanages to spend their summer holidays with the American families. We are excited for the upcoming arrival of ...
20
Mar

What Are Eligibility Requirements in International Adoption?

When researching international adoption and deciding on a specific agency or country program, one of the initial factors you will want to consider are eligibility requirements. Eligibility requirements will determine who can adopt from a specific program and/or agency.  Eligibility requirements are a combination of requirements from state and federal laws and policies, foreign laws ...
1
Feb

Getting Started: Schedule an Initial Consultation Today!

If you’re considering international adoption, chances are, you’re already overwhelmed! The internet is a wonderful, beautiful place, until it’s not. Information overload happens so quickly, adoption stories can be so emotional, and before you know it, you have headed down a rabbit trail of adoption nightmares and worst case scenarios with tears in your eyes ...
2
Jan

International Adoption- A 2016 MLJ Adoptions Agency Update!

International adoption is not for the faint of heart. Families who choose to adopt internationally do so for a variety of reasons, but resilience, courage and endurance are all qualities of these adoptive families. As 2016 comes to a close, we’re reflecting on the many successes our agency has seen this year: 97 children from ...
7
Dec

Christmas Around the World!

Every family has their own traditions for the holidays. Whether these traditions are religious, like going to Midnight Mass, or cultural, like hanging lights and singing carols together, the holidays are all about celebrating the good in our lives with the people we care about most. My family’s traditions involve copious amounts of cookies and ...
2
Nov

How Do Ordinary Americans Afford Adoption?

Many families have the heart for international adoption, but not all feel they possess the financial wherewithal to adopt internationally. The cost of an international adoption can be prohibitive to some families, but MLJ Adoptions has also seen many ordinary families use simple strategies to afford adoption. It’s our hope that by your family would ...
27
Sep

What is a Primary Provider?

There are a lot of words thrown around during an international adoption. Many of these words are foreign to prospective adoptive families. The term primary provider is likely one of them. All families who pursue international adoption are required to use a primary provider. When the Universal Accreditation Act went into effect in July 2014, ...
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