Category - MLJ Adoptions

22
Dec

Clean Drinking Water for Rural Congolese Communities

Our team had the absolute pleasure of meeting with Woody Collins, President of Congo Helping Hands, this past week. Mr. Collins informed us about his organization, with a special emphasis on their newest endeavor, The Congo Water Project. Outside of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, clean drinking water is scarce. Nearly ...
14
Dec

IHNFA Visit and Reception Postponed Until January

Thank you to those interested in attending our reception held in honor of the Secretary General and Director of Instituto Hondureño de la Niñez y la Familia (IHNFA). Unfortunately, the Secretary and Director have postponed their visit to Indianapolis until January. We are disappointed that they will not be with us this week, however, we ...
6
Dec

Heads of Adoption in Honduras to Visit Indianapolis

Heads of International Adoption in Honduras to Visit Indianapolis Dec. 16 The Director and Secretary General of Instituto Hondureño de la Niñez y la Familia (IHNFA) are planning on being in Indianapolis on December 16-18th. IHNFA is the federal government entity that governs all children and family issues for Honduras. The Director and Secretary General ...
25
Nov

To Whom Much Is Given…

When my parents built their house several years ago, I remember them wondering how they would use the extra space, primarily the large back yard. They felt a responsibility to do more than selfishly enjoy their blessings. In response, they have become entertainers, hosting large gatherings and small groups, making others feel welcome and accepted ...
22
Nov

Report From Our Visit To Nicaragua

Recently Michele Jackson, executive director of MLJ Adoptions, Inc., and I travelled to Nicaragua to visit our in-country staff and assess the current adoption situation. Part of our program development is to make regular visits and identify any potential problems or delays. While there, we had the opportunity to meet with the director of Mi ...
18
Nov

Passion-driven Purchasing

According to Wikipedia, "Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. The term dates back to at least 1966." Thousands of Americans take advantage of the day off work to get a jump on Christmas & holiday shopping, and retailers slash prices to ...
16
Nov

Gift of Family

Rumor has it that there are already representatives for Santa at the malls. Come Black Friday, kids across America will be lined up to tell Santa what they really want for Christmas. Around the world, whether it is Christmas or not, children ask us to help find a family for them. You may not hear ...
15
Nov

How to Manage the Adoption “Paper Chase”

I’ve heard a lot about the dreaded “Paper Chase,” the part of the adoption process where prospective adoptive parents need to gather original copies of their marriage license, birth certificates, doctors’ physicals, proofs of employment, background checks…The list goes on and on. Going into this process I knew that it wasn’t going to be easy ...
13
Nov

114,556 Children are Waiting

MLJ Adoptions, Inc. believes all children deserve a loving home with families that can provide for their physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs. Although MLJ does not provide foster care services, we feel that it is a wonderful gift to a child in need, and are sharing the blog below in an effort to raise ...
9
Nov

Connecting Through Play

Robyn Gobbel, LCSW is a therapist and adoption home study specialist in Austin, TX. She blogs about parenting, adoption, and adoptive parenting. We are happy to re-publish this important message on parenting and connecting with your children! You can also find Robyn on twitter and facebook. In the past few years, I’ve noticed that the ...
1
Nov

Claiming

We are family—a husband and wife, mom and dad, sons and daughters, and brothers and sisters. Sometimes we forget that we don’t have solely biological “ties” within our family. The facts of “born into” and “adopted into” are blurred. How we came together holds no importance, other than it is part of our incredible family ...
12
Oct

What it Means to Have a Family

What it means to have a family is that you always have somebody by your side when you’re falling down. It means that you are loved every day no matter what. Having a family gives you a chance where you can be taken care of and fed. You need to remember to appreciate what they ...
6
Oct

What a Family Means

What it means to have a family is to have people that love you and surround you with love, care, and support. They comfort you when you need it. A mom is someone that kisses your booboos, a dad plays outside with you, brothers and sisters tease you, those are the people are most important ...
27
Sep

A Gathering Based on LOVE

On Saturday, September 18th my husband, two kids, and I had the privilege to attend the MLJ Adoptions annual picnic, and I don’t think there was a better way to spend such a beautiful day. I will admit that I did not know quite what to expect when we decided to attend the picnic. I’ve ...
24
Sep

IHNFA – Protector and Advocate for Honduras' Most Vulnerable

On September 19 – 22, Michele Jackson, executive director of MLJ Adoptions, Inc. and I travelled to Honduras to meet with officials of IHNFA (Instituto Hondureño de la Niñez y la Familia) to discuss adoption of Honduran children by American families. Ivonne de Torres, Secretary General of IHNFA expressed her desire to work together to ...
1
Sep

Having a Family

God created my family and I am so glad that I have them. My dad, my mom, my brothers and my sisters all care for each other, because that is what a family does for each other. I am proud of my family because they help me through everything – friends, homework, and a lot ...
6
Aug

Why Adopt Internationally?

“Why should I adopt internationally when there are so many children in need of a family in the United States?” As adoption professionals, this is a question that arises often in our practice. To be honest, it’s a question that I had before my eyes were opened to the international orphan crisis. There are many ...
2
Aug

Be Informed

The question came from my ten year-old, in my lap as usual. She put her lips to my ear, so not to disturb the other movie patrons, “Would you ever do that, Mama? Give me back?” I felt my heart plummet through the floor and I hugged her really tight, whispering back in her ear, ...
19
Jul

"Wo Ai Ni Mommy" Film Screening and Discussion

Indianapolis group Provocate.org will be presenting "Wo Ai Ni Mommy" (I love you, Mommy) July 21st at the Indianapolis Museum of Art as part of the 7th Indianapolis International Film Festival. Provocate wants to create conversations with lasting impact. Their team has selected several films to illuminate the important issues today, including racism, poverty, and ...
30
Jun

Adoption Hesitation

It seems to be so common when considering adoption as a way of adding to a family that one prospective parent is less sure than his or her partner. (It is not always the prospective father!) There could be many factors that can make one hesitant. It is often the same when considering procreation. We ...
23
Jun

Ideas to Throw an Adoption Shower

All parents should be showered for the arrival of their new child. Adoption showers are my favorite to give. I love the “textures” and “layers” that can be added to this special party. Get an idea of the travel date or the date that the baby is being escorted/arriving home and plan the shower for ...
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