Category - MLJ Adoptions

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 ...
20
Jun

The Child That Was Not Adopted

The child that was not adopted will grow up without the love and guidance of parents, without the security and identity of family, and always feeling like the last kid picked for dodgeball. The child that was not adopted has little hope. Depending on his or her country, he or she may have had little ...
15
Jun

A Father to the Fatherless

God has given me a heart for children. I use this gift every week as I serve in my church’s children’s ministry. Each week I look forward to seeing the children and teaching them about God. It brings me great joy to see how much the kids learn. Yet, I feel that God has a ...
7
May

What It Means To Be a Mom

It’s been a long time since I first became a mom – almost seventeen years ago, in fact. In the midst of all the day-to-day hustle and bustle, I have taken the blessing of motherhood for granted, as so many other moms do. This year, however, as I enter the world of social-networking and cyber-journalism, ...
4
May

All My Daughter's Mothers

This year, my husband and I are celebrating our first Mother’s Day. For the past three years we’ve ridden the terrible ride of infertility. With each passing year I thought motherhood was never going to come for me. I began to believe that we would forever be a married couple who would never have any ...
1
May

Infertility, Adoption and Mother’s Day

If you were to browse the internet, there are many posts about Mother‘s Day and the childless. The fact is, there are many other women facing the reality of being childless this Mother‘s Day. It’s difficult to see yourself amongst many when you are in this situation. Rather, it is very easy to feel isolated ...
6
Apr

Three Cups of Tea: Book review

“Three Cups of Tea” is a true testament to the difference that one individual can make with a humanitarian sprit. In this book, the main character, Greg Mortenson, makes education possible for some of the most impoverished children and does so in the face of extreme cultural divides. Greg Mortenson was called to educate the ...
1
Apr

The Rebirth at Easter

This Sunday many Christians will celebrate Easter, a special time of grieving Jesus’ death and celebrating new life in his resurrection. Our Jewish brothers and sisters celebrate the Passover, a time to celebrate the liberation from slavery in Egypt. And for all of us, the earth in springtime pulses with the promise of new life, ...
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 ...
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