Category - MLJ Adoptions

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, …

20
Sep

Why I Like Working in International Adoption

About two years ago, I began working for MLJ Adoptions International as the Director of Social Services. Prior to that time, I worked for 23 years (yes, a while!) with a large child welfare agency that specialized in many services for children and families, including adoption. During that time, I supervised, developed and worked in …

13
Sep

Need a Step-Parent Home Study Completed in Indiana?

Step-parent adoptions are becoming increasingly common in Indiana. When a step-parent wants to become a legal parent of their spouse’s child, they begin this adoption process with the approval of their spouse. Step-parents can decide to adopt for many reasons, but the major reasons are as follows: (a) the child has grown attached to the …

7
Sep

MLJ’s Founder Advocates for Indiana Children

Our Founder, Michele L. Jackson, is a proud member of the Indiana Bicentennial Children’s Rights Chapter. This group is doing important work to serve the needs of Indiana’s children. Much of the work being done is focused on at-risk children and those in need of services; internationally adopted children who are struggling would also fall …

31
Aug

Communication and Your Adoption Agency

Communication is one of the most important aspects, if not the most important aspect, of a relationship. The relationship between an adoption agency and an adopting family is no different, and good communication is key. A frequent topic of discussion among our team members is “How can we best communicate efficiently and effectively with our …

20
Jun

Show Your Support for Children in Need of Families with AmazonSmile

In 2015, MLJ Adoptions transitioned from a for-profit to a non-profit organization. This transition benefits adoptive families and children in need of families in numerous ways. As an organization, we have started to raise money to grant to families who are adopting children with additional needs. We can also accept tax-deductible donations on behalf of …

15
Jun

Thank You Dad!

June 19th has been set aside to thank all of the wonderful fathers out there—adoptive dads, step-dads, foster dads, and biological dads—on Father’s Day. We want to acknowledge your stellar contribution to your own families as well as to your communities throughout the world. It’s our chance to show our love and respect for you …

8
Jun

Celebrating Eight Years of International Adoption at MLJ!

This year MLJ Adoptions celebrates eight years of serving children in need of families. We are proud of how far we have come, and look forward to what the future has in store for our families and for our team. Over the past eight years, we have been blessed to find loving permanent homes for …

9
May

Rally for the Adoption Tax Credit

The Adoption Tax Credit needs your help! There are two events in Congress this week and our collective voices are so important. On May 11 over 200 people from across the country will be advocating for the Adoption Tax Credit as part of RESOLVE’s Advocacy Day. There will be a Member Day Hearing on Tax …

28
Mar

Tips for Effective Re-Do’s

I am a frequent user of the “Undo” (Ctrl + Z) and “Re-do” (Ctrl + Y) functions on a computer. When typing I don’t always get it right the first time and have to try it again when I make mistakes. Sometimes I wish that there was a short cut like Ctrl + Z in …

24
Feb

Primary Provider Successes to Celebrate!

MLJ Adoptions is excited to celebrate success as a primary provider! As an agency, we love it when families finalize their processes and bring their adopted children to the United States! While the process may be long and arduous at times, filled with unending stacks of paperwork, appointments and requirements, it is always rewarding when …

8
Feb

What are Primary Provider Services?

The implementation of the Universal Accreditation Act (UAA) which requires all adoptive parents to utilize the services of a primary provider. It is important to partner with a primary provider before pursuing your adoption to ensure that parts of your adoption will not need to be re-done.

18
Jan

Do You Need A Home Study in Indiana?

If you discover that you need a home study completed in Indiana, MLJ Adoptions International can help you! We are an Indiana Licensed Child Placing Agency and are accredited by the Council on Accreditation to complete Hague accredited home studies. Our staff of experienced social workers and trained adoption professionals is prepared and able to …

4
Jan

MLJ Provides China Home Study for Indiana Residents

Even as the landscape of international adoption changes from year to year, one thing remains the same – more American families adopt from China than any other country in the world. In 2013, American families adopted 2.306 children from China. The second most popular country for American families to adopt from was Ethiopia, but in …

18
Dec

Photo of the Week

We’re dreaming of a White Christmas! How about you? If you would like your child to be featured as our Photo of the Week, please email info@mljadoptions.com.

23
Sep

What is an Apostille?

If you are pursuing an international adoption for a Hague Convention country, you have no doubt heard the word “apostille”. An apostille is simply a form of authentication applied to documents for use overseas by the competent authority in the state where it was issued, usually your Secretary of State’s office. It is required for …

16
Sep

Welcome to National Hispanic Heritage Month!

National Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15 and ends on October 15. The anniversary of independence of eight Latin American countries takes place during this month. Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua celebrate their independence on September 15th. Mexico, Chile, and Belize celebrate their independence on September 16th, 18th and 21st, respectively. Also …

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