Category - Adoption News

29
Nov

Four Reasons to Obtain the Certificate of Citizenship For Your Child!

The Certificate of Citizenship is an essential document that your adoptive child may need throughout their lives. Whether completing the FAFSA for college aid, starting a new job or registering to vote, proof of U.S. citizenship can become an issue in a variety of circumstances. Here are the top four reasons to get your child’s …

14
Oct

Leave your Comment on the Proposed Regulations!

Recently, the Department of State proposed new regulations that, if passed, will significantly and negatively impact international adoption. Read Familiarize yourself with the legislation at Regulations.gov to learn what is at stake. You can read more about our concerns about the proposed regulations on our blog. Leave a Comment by November 7th! Share your family’s personal testimony about …

6
Oct

Important Potential Changes to International Adoption – What You Can Do!

Yesterday, we shared some information on the new proposed regulations by the Department of State, and the significant negative effects it could have on international adoption (you can read the post here.) Today, we’re sharing some of MLJ Adoptions’ advocacy efforts, including some ways that you can get involved. What is MLJ Adoptions Doing? MLJ …

5
Oct

Important Potential Changes to International Adoption! (Part One)

Recently, the Department of State (DOS) proposed new regulations that, if passed, will significantly and negatively impact international adoption. If the regulations pass as they are, they have the potential to end adoptions from several country programs and may also negatively impact adoptions from the rest. This is worrisome for many of us, but the …

15
Aug

Jordan Windle: Adoptee, Olympic Athlete, and Role Model

The Olympics are being held this summer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with opening ceremonies beginning on August 5th and continuing through the closing ceremonies on August 21st.  Going back as early as 776 B.C. in ancient Greece, the Olympic Games represent the pinnacle of sporting achievement for all athletes. The games and competitions provide a chance …

9
Aug

Three Ways to Use the Olympics as a Learning Opportunity for Children

If your family is anything like mine, you may have a lot of Olympics television watching in your near future. While many of us may limit screen-time at home, the Olympics may be an exception in your home, and it is in mine. Thankfully, there are a variety of learning opportunities for our kids as …

23
Jun

Proposed Fee Increases for USCIS

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed a fee increase for some of their services, including those that will affect adoptive families. USCIS has announced these fees in the Federal Registrar for public comment. The proposed fee increases can be found here. The National Council for Adoption (NCFA) was kind enough to put together an …

18
Apr

Another Year of International Adoptions Declining Despite Children in Needs of Families Rising

The U.S. State Department has released the FY 2015 numbers on international adoptions completed by U.S. Citizen parents, which can be found here. The State Department’s Narrative on the numbers can be found here. The number of children being placed through international adoption has yet again decreased. This past year the numbers decreased by 12% …

13
Apr

The Long-Lasting Legacy of Dr. Karyn Purvis

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Karyn Purvis yesterday. Dr. Purvis’ invaluable research and commitment to learning more about children from hard places will influence generations to come. Dr. Purvis committed her life to studying the brain and behavior of children, including adopted children, who have experienced trauma. She used …

30
Nov

Adoption of Sixteen Special Needs Children

As an adoption professional I am always thrilled to see when an adoptive family relays that they are open to adopting a special needs child. These children are passed over time and time again by families who are only willing to adopt what they consider to be “healthy” children. You can imagine my surprise when …

27
Oct

What is a Central Authority?

The landscape of international adoption continues to change. Prospective adoptive parents and agencies are increasingly concerned about ensuring adoptions are completed with the highest commitment to ethical practices. The Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and co-operation in Respect of Inter-Country Adoption (the Hague Convention) has been a key component in ensuring that international …

14
Sep

Celebrities Who Adopt Can Inspire Others

We turn to celebrities to inspire our clothing choices and beauty routines. They influence what cars we dream of buying and the vacations we wish could take. But, we also love it when we hear about celebrities adopting! Why? Not only because most of us want the scoop on what celebrities are doing and what …

19
Aug

Rising to Great Heights – An Adoption Story of Inspiration

International adoption provides loving, permanent homes to children in need across the globe. The children left behind in orphanages face a childhood with little hope. These forgotten children grow up without families and many live a life of hardship, hunger and with little opportunity for education.  Many age out of the orphanage into lives of …

30
Jun

Four Ways Social Media Has Positively Impacted Adoption

Social media has revolutionized the way humans interact with one another. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google + and the various other social media platforms have allowed people to develop relationships outside of their cities, towns, states and countries. People are interconnected in new ways. The world feels smaller than ever before. Today we are sharing four …

18
Jun

News: Hague Countries Gather to Address Global Issues in International Adoption

From Monday June 8 through Friday June 12, an international group of adoption stakeholders met to discuss the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption (the “Convention”) in the Netherlands. This was the fourth meeting of the Special Commission to review the Convention. The purpose of this meeting was to analyze how the Convention has worked to …

27
Apr

Why You Should Consider Adopting Boys

The 2010 Census shows that 51% of children born in the United States are boys. The Department of State’s Report on Intercountry Adoption recorded that boys make up only 38% percent of all children adopted by Americans outside the United States – quite disproportional when compared to the Census data. What gives? Turns out that …

12
Mar

Movie Review: Drop Box

If you have been to the movies recently you may have seen a preview for a film called The Drop Box. If you were anything like me the name was captivating and I wanted to know more about this film. As I watched the trailer my heart strings were instantly tugged and I knew that …

4
Feb

Why Use MLJ Adoptions as Your Primary Provider?

The Universal Accreditation Act of 2012 (UAA) has shaken the world of adoption with respect to independent international adoptions. Now families are required to work with Hague Adoption Service Providers for all international adoptions. However, adoption service providers are not necessarily prepared to work with all families. This change leaves a huge gap in services in international …

8
Jan

Should I Adopt from a Pilot Program?

You may notice that some international adoption programs are labeled as “pilot” programs. Parents interested in a country program labeled as a “pilot” program often have two important questions: (1) What does “pilot” program mean?; and (2) Should this label send me running for the hills? What does a “pilot” program mean in international adoption? …

5
Jan

I’m Single. Can I Adopt Internationally?

The short answer to this question is yes! While single adoptive parents may have more hurdles to cross, international adoption is still a very viable option to grow your family. With such a significant need for adoptive families, it would be ideal if the requirements to adopt from a foreign country were standard across the …

24
Nov

Why Should You Choose to Adopt from a Hague Convention Country?

In October of this year, MLJ Adoptions introduced its fourth international adoption program from a Hague Convention Country. Burkina Faso is now an option for prospective adoptive families who are interested in both adopting from Africa and adopting from a Hague Convention Country. But as prospective adoptive parents, why might you select a Hague Convention Country …

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