Category - MLJ Adoptions

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 ...
27
May

The Strength Adoption Attorneys Add to Our Agency

While there are many agencies who brand themselves as full service adoption agencies, most of them lack the legal expertise that an attorney can offer. Adoption is a process that in nature is both social and legal. Adoption enables children in need to be cared for in a loving home, by legally transferring all parental ...
20
May

Compassion : There are No Excuses (Part 2)

A continuation of Sonja’s discussion of compassion Many use the excuse that they cannot afford to adopt a child. In truth, there are many programs, grants, and loans available to adopting parents as well as the federal adoption tax credit. If there is a will there is a way. For most of us then, there ...
13
May

Compassion: An argument for Compassion (part 1)

It is a generally accepted belief that if everyone in the world had more compassion and love, that the world would be a much better place. Another widely held belief is that our children are our future. Which leads me to this question. If we are all in agreement of these two statements, then why ...
7
May

Celebrating Birthmothers this Mother's Day Weekend – Part 2

Find the first part of Lindsey’s story in Part 1. Supporting birthmothers on Birthmother’s Day and Mother’s Day is easy. We treat them and honor them just as we would any mother. We make sure a card with a little surprise arrives (jewelry, flowers, chocolates, etc.) at their door on Saturday morning. We make sure ...
6
May

Celebrating Birthmothers this Mother's Day Weekend – Part 1

We are excited to have Lindsey Redfern contribute to our blog. She will tell her own story, but you can find more articles and adoption information at her blog. As a sterile woman, Mother’s Day was always a hard day to handle. My house was quiet. My arms were empty. I was full of hope, ...
2
May

10 Ways to Support a Waiting Mother on Mother's Day

We are so thrilled to have Kimberly Leclercq as a guest blogger and twitter friend. Kimberly is a single mother who adopted her son from Guatemala in 2008. She is currently in process of adopting a daughter from Ethiopia. Kimberly is the author of a book for any woman who has experienced or is experiencing ...
29
Apr

Mother's Day while Waiting for Adoption

Today’s guest blogger is Diane Brooks, an Indianapolis area realtor who also maintains her own blog. MLJ Adoptions, Inc is happy to have Diane as a twitter friend. Our dossier was finally complete; the proper documents were authenticated, and our fingerprints were taken. China had logged in our dossier in February. It was a few ...
24
Mar

True Life Adoption Stories Part 1

MTV’s recent episode of True Life was both enjoyable and confirming for me as a provider of care for expectant mothers and families. I am glad that MTV was honest about the difficult emotions experienced by all, but also that they followed the stories through completion. I would have liked it if they would have ...
23
Mar

True Life Adoption Stories Part 2

Both stories clearly showed the emotional aspects of making the decision regarding who should parent a child. Although Kayla took more time and appeared to struggle with the decision more, in the end Amanda was the one that stated that she felt like she had not made the best decision. Kayla was provided counseling throughout ...
21
Mar

We're All a Twitter!

“What is Twitter?” Depending on how plugged in you are to trends, social media, and networking, you have probably heard or asked the question “What is Twitter?”. The descriptions of Twitter range from a microblogging service to something similar to the status update on Facebook, but what does that mean? In functionality, Twitter allows anyone ...
6
Mar

Adoption News Not as Negative as Appears

Recently published research is being used to discourage support for adoption without full consideration of all factors involved. University of Minnesota researchers found a correlation between children adopted within the first two years of life and incidences of mental health diagnoses. The study included children that had been adopted domestically and internationally. The negative press ...
4
Mar

Options to Make Adoption Travel Affordable

When considering adoption travel, some families are able to utilize frequent flyer miles while others look for travel deals online. In general, the more discounted the airline ticket, the least likely it is to be flexible. International adoption often requires a great amount of flexibility. We are never able to offer exact time frames, only ...
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