Category - MLJ Adoptions

1
Mar

My Husband Didn't Share My Passion for Adoption; He Does Now!

I have had a passion for adoption for many years. My first paper in my first college course was about international adoption. When my husband and I started dating I would mention it casually; he would always change the subject. I remember times when I felt this piece of me would never be fulfilled. Don’t ...
15
Feb

Expect the Unexpected

Expect the unexpected in life. Not something we necessary are good at, especially when our expectations are way off the mark from how reality pans out. This can be especially true in the arena of adoption. It is such an emotional venture and once our hearts have settled on a particular child, we expect heaven ...
3
Feb

Adoption and the Empty Nester

For the most part, friends and family have been extremely supportive of our adoption of a special boy from Ukraine. However, a few times, someone questions us about the timing. They ask why in the world we would choose to bring more children into our home, when ours are beginning to spread their wings and ...
29
Jan

The Legal Complexities of Adopting and Hosting Children from Haiti

So many hearts and homes have been opened to help the children of Haiti, following the devastating earthquakes. The MLJ Adoptions, Inc. team has volunteered several hours and days, researching reports, confirming details, and making contacts with those in Haiti, in an effort to create opportunities for as many people to help as possible. The ...
18
Jan

How Can We Care for the Orphans of Haiti?

I can still imagine the stifling heat, singed with tropical breezes and the beautiful, friendly smiles; images of the resilient island of Haiti. I think back to people I knew; productive, innovative and appreciate people, now surrounded by a horrid suffering that our minds can’t begin to comprehend. During our trip to Haiti, we saw ...
11
Jan

Helpful Hints From Our Ukrainian Journey

Our journey to Ukraine was absolutely amazing! Our journey began October 17, 2009 and ended on November 24, 2009. Even though we ran into some delays we had not expected, our trip was so rewarding. The director at Cayden’s orphanage was so caring, kind, and generous during our trip, and our facilitator was knowledgeable and ...
3
Jan

What Does Hague Mean?

We were so thankful to find out on Thanksgiving day that we had received our Hague Approval. It was no small feat, and we are very thankful for the hours of planning, preparation, and meetings our directors put in over several months to complete our application. Our approval means that the Council on Accreditation (COA) ...
25
Dec

We Are Blessed Indeed This Holiday Season

As we celebrate Christmas with our families, we want to thank you for letting us be a part of your family. Our hearts swell with every smile of a child now home with a loving family. It is an honor to share in your adoption journey. We love receiving your pictures, watching your children grow ...
17
Dec

Poem: A Child's Heart

I drew inspiration from the events of this week one evening. I was lying in my room and thinking about what all we had experienced when the words just began flowing: “I’ll love you forever,” some mothers will say But sometimes that is just how it goes I did not mean to leave you alone ...
15
Dec

Etched on My Heart Forever: Part 2

As I mentioned, the 9 & 10 year olds that I got close to were very loving and affectionate,maybe even a bit clingy. I noticed that to be largely the case with the children from about 6-11 years old. Perhaps they felt that at their ages they still had hopes of a visitor deciding to ...
15
Dec

Etched on My Heart Forever: Part 1

What do you think of when you hear the word “Thanksgiving”? I’m guessing that what comes to your mind is some combination of family, turkey, parades and football. Well, this year I did not spend Thanksgiving with my family. And while we did have a traditional turkey dinner, we did not see a single play ...
11
Dec

Help Us Warm Hands, Feet, and Hearts this Orthodox Christmas

I wanted to take time to share with you a great need. I know there is need everywhere and this time of year is hard due to all the holiday buying… Monday we were at the orphanage and one of Griffan’s friends came in to be with us. When he came in he was instructed ...
7
Dec

What Happens When We Don't Look Alike?

Today’s guest blogger Tara Michener is very involved in promoting diversity and inclusion through education, public speaking, writing, and advocacy. She leads workshops on self-esteem, creative writing, diversity and social networking for people of all ages. She is the author of The "Who I Am" book series which promotes self-esteem and diversity in kids, allowing ...
24
Nov

The Blind Side Review: Forever Changed

The Blind Side is not your typical adoption story, but the feeling that adoption chose you (rather than you choosing adoption) may be familiar to many who have gone through the process. The Tuohy family saw a child in need and acted immediately. What they found was that he changed their lives. They learned very ...
29
Oct

Celebrating National Adoption Awareness Month in November

Each year, November is recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month. It is a time when state government, communities, businesses and organizations celebrate adoption as a positive proactive way to build a family. It is a great time to celebrate family and spread adoption awareness. Here are a few small ways that you can promote adoption ...
12
Sep

Legal and Ethical Considerations of Embryo Adoption

Read the first installment of this article, explaining embryo adoption, here. Legal Before beginning this process, both donors and adoptive parents must be aware that there are unsettled legal issues with regards to embryo donation and adoption. There are no federal and very few state laws which specifically address embryo donation and adoption. Georgia has ...
26
Aug

What is Embryo Adoption?

As the use of in vitro fertilization (IVF) has become more common, couples who have chosen this method and have successfully added children to their family, find that they are left with the responsibility of determining the destiny of their other frozen embryos. Understandably, this can be a difficult decision as these couples have limited ...
18
Aug

MLJ Annual Adoption Picnic

You are cordially invited to attend our annual picnic: When: Sunday, September 20th 1-4pm Where: Forest Park Shelter #1, 701 Cicero Road, Noblesville (map) What: Meet others who have adopted and share stories, food, and fun Who: Open to anyone who is interested in adoption or orphan care Please RSVP by emailing Sonja. We will ...
3
Aug

International Events in Indiana August 2009

The Nationalities Council of Indiana has released their calendar of ethnic events for August 2009. This can be an excellent way for you to celebrate multi-culturalism in your community and share some quality time as a family. Here are some highlights from the recent “Ethnic Hoosier” newsletter: August 8 Dr. James Makubuya presents a workshop ...
22
Jul

Choosing Adoption Without Support: MTV's 16 and Pregnant

In a recent episode of “16 and Pregnant”, a MTV show documenting the lives of pregnant teens, Catelynn made the decision to place her child for adoption. Catelynn and her boyfriend Tyler made this courageous decision despite the surprising lack of support from friends and family. Catelynn’s mother even purchased baby cloths and a bassinet, ...
9
Jul

Invest in Your Children by Investing in Your Spouse

With children in your home, after struggling through infertility issues, and/or after waiting for an adoption to be finalized, it can be easy to focus on your children, perhaps more than you focus on your marriage. It is important to be an attentive parent, and children can take a lot of energy and time, regardless ...
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