Category - MLJ Adoptions

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 ...
13
Nov

Instant Family Hopes to Shed Light on the Need for Adoption

I have admitted before and will admit it again, I am a celebrity junkie!  One of my favorite actors is Mark Wahlberg who is starring in a new movie being released during National Adoption month on November 15, 2018 titled Instant Family.  I could not be more excited to see one of my favorite stars ...
22
Oct

Meet Natalie!

Name: Natalie Zickmund Title at MLJ: Intern What do you actually DO with MLJ? I am a senior majoring in Social Work at IUPUI and am completing my practicum at MLJ. I am on track to graduate in May of 2019! What is your favorite part about what you do with MLJ? My favorite part ...
8
Oct

Being in the Minority the Majority of the Time

For two years, I lived in Guatemala with my family while my parents did missionary work. Living in a foreign country was the single best experience of my young life. The lessons that I learned and the experiences that it gave me are memories that I would not change for the world. Living in Guatemala ...
17
Sep

Meet AJ!

Name: AJ Bergstedt Title at MLJ: Intern/Student What do you actually DO with MLJ? I have had the pleasure of learning the ins and outs of writing/updating home studies, researching resources for families when they receive their referral, learning the process and details behind adoption, and so much more. As a student at IUPUI I ...
9
Aug

What I’ve Learned as an Intern at MLJ Adoptions!

When I was looking for a placement for my internship, I knew I wanted to join an agency that worked in adoption.  As I researched local agencies in the Indianapolis area, MLJ immediately caught my eye.  I read about the work that they did and the lives that they impacted, I knew that I wanted ...
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