Category - MLJ Adoptions

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 ...
6
Jul

"Each Child Is Worth The Fight"

My name is Bobbie Brooks and I never really planned to be a mother. I was on a career path in tv news, but when I took over as producer of Eyewitness News at Noon on Channel 13, everything changed. The show had a feature called, “Thursday’s Child”. Each week, we would tell the story ...
1
Jul

Indiana's International Events in July & August

The Nationalities Council of Indiana has released their calendar of ethnic events for July/August 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: July 6-August 7 Second Annual Chinese Culture Camp will ...
1
Jul

SBC Passes Resolution on Adoption and Orphan Care

During their annual convention held this year in Louisville, Kentucky on June 23rd & 24th, the largest Protestant denominational group, the Southern Baptists, passed a resolution proposed by Dr. Russell Moore on adoption and orphan care. This is a landmark step for Christians worldwide and one step closer to recognizing the orphan crisis and providing ...
29
Jun

Why You Should Use an Agency for Your Adoption

Many parents considering adoption, consider “going it alone” with the thought that money could be saved navigating the foreign adoption process themselves. Many horror stories of these brave individuals have resulted. The following is a brief summary of how using an adoption agency such as “MLJ”, can save the prospective adoptive parent worry, time and ...
21
Jun

Why Re-Adopt?

Re-adoption is the process by which an international adoption is reviewed and processed by a court in your state of residence, issuing a final adoption order. This process is a requirement in the case of a child who enters the US on an IR-4 visa. Under USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) regulations, children who ...
11
Jun

Adoption Tweet-up

We have enjoyed sharing, supporting, and learning through twitter. We have met some wonderful people and inspiring guest bloggers (Diane, Kimberly, Scott, Lindsey). Part of the fun of twitter is taking it ‘off-line’ and meeting ‘in real life’ for a "tweet-up". We want to sponsor an adoption "tweet-up"; although all are invited, we anticipate only ...
7
Jun

Guatemala One Year After Hague

The following is a summary of the JCICS report titled: “Guatemala One Year Later”, published on February 4, 2009. To read the full report please visit: www.jcics.org. On January 1, 2008, Guatemala implemented the Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoption. This move was intended to answer the allegations of corruption, child trafficking and other unethical adoption ...
4
Jun

Indiana's International Events in June

The Nationalities Council of Indiana has released their calendar of ethnic events for June. 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: June 7-14 Fort Wayne Germanfest at Headwaters Park in downtown Fort Wayne. More information June ...
2
Jun

Father's Day Frosty's for Adoption

Have you made plans for Father’s Day yet? If your dad is like mine, he is going to love the idea of getting desert from Wendy’s. My father has a heart for children and says that most of his best friends are under 4 feet tall. He looks forward to his turn to work with ...
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