Category - Adoption News

20
May

What is Adoption Rehoming, Disruption, Dissolution?

Often the three terms – Rehoming, Disruption, and Dissolution – are used interchangeably.  However, each has its own separate and specific meaning. Adoption Rehoming is a non-legal term describing the practice of placing an adoptive child in another family’s home.  This is more commonly used in a situation in which no adoption professional was consulted, potentially ...
6
May

Kerry Addresses Adoptive Families’ Concerns with Kabila

U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, traveled to Africa last week, and visited the Democratic Republic of Congo. While there, he had a productive meeting with President Kabila and Foreign Minister Tshibanda. Secretary Kerry discussed the current state of international adoptions from DRC during the meeting. He urged President Kabila for a quick resolution to ...
2
May

Jackson Attends Signing Ceremony for Indiana Adoption Tax Credit

Last evening, many of us at MLJ Adoptions were privileged to witness the ceremonial bill signing of Indiana House Enrolled Act 1222 (HEA 1222) by Indiana Governor Mike Pence. MLJ Adoptions’ CEO, Michele Jackson, was honored and thankful to be asked, along with adoptive families and other individuals who advocate for children in need of ...
28
Apr

What You Need to Know about the Universal Accreditation Act of 2012

What is the purpose of the Universal Accreditation Act of 2012? The main purpose of the Universal Accreditation Act of 2012 (UAA) is to apply the same safeguards that are in place for Convention adoptions to non-Convention adoptions. The way the UAA furthers this purpose is two-fold. First, the UAA requires all Hague accredited or ...
23
Apr

Moving From Infertility to Adoption

This week is National Infertility Week, a week devoted to raising awareness of infertility diseases and exploring resources for those working to grow their families. In the Indianapolis area, the Family Building Fair will be taking place this evening at The Fountains. MLJ Adoptions CEO and Adoption Attorney, Michele Jackson, will be presenting a special ...
15
Apr

Advocate Today for a Refundable Adoption Tax Credit

Today is April 15th or Tax Day, the day by which thousands of families will be claiming the Adoption Tax Credit for their adoptions finalized in 2013. The adoption tax credit, with a maximum of $12,970 in 2013, has helped to offset the high cost of adoption for hundreds of thousands of families since it ...
4
Apr

CHIFF Brings Conservatives and Liberals Together: Children Belong in Families

This past Wednesday afternoon, the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) hosted a webinar to discuss the reforms proposed by the Children in Families First (CHIFF) Act. Present on the call were Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Congressman Trent Franks (R- AZ), leaders within a bipartisan coalition that is unified by the belief that children need ...
3
Apr

Online Activity Can Impede the Adoption Process for All

In the past two years, I have been interviewed by five different TV stations and six other media outlets including the Reuters and the Associated Press. I know I am not alone in being questioned by media about international adoption as the topic of international adoption has hit a media high with significant changes which ...
27
Mar

What is Pre-Adoption Immigration Review in International Adoption?

The U.S. Pre-Adoption Immigration Review (“PAIR”) is a process that allows for non-Hague programs to be Hague-like without having to become a party to The Hague Convention, become Hague compliant, or become a U.S. Hague partner. As such, the PAIR process appears to be a viable alternative for the U.S. in implementing systematic safeguards in ...
26
Mar

Governor Pence Signs Indiana Adoption Tax Credit

We have very exciting news for adoption advocates in Indiana. The Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence, yesterday signed into law Indiana’s first adoption tax credit, stating, “the bills I sign … will enhance the quality of life for Hoosier families today and tomorrow.” It has been very exciting to watch the Indiana adoption tax credit’s ...
25
Mar

Sharp Decline Continues in International Adoptions

The Annual Report on Intercountry Adoption was released by the US State Department on Friday. The State Department is mandated by law to track international adoption statistics and it is highly anticipated by international adoption advocates. . For the NINTH year in a row, the report revealed a sharp decrease in the number of children ...
6
Mar

TLC’S Little Couple Adopt Again!

The Little Couple’s Dr. Jen Arnold and Bill Klein have adopted again! People Magazine reports that the stars of the TLC’s hit reality series The Little Couple, adopted their second child, a two year old little girl they named Zoey from India in October of 2013. Their first child Will, now three years old, was ...
6
Mar

UAA will impact international adoptions in Ukraine

Ukraine has a long history of international adoptions. In 2003, children adopted from Ukraine were typically between the ages of 14 months and 8 years by families from various countries including Italy, France and United States. American families’ desire to adopt from Ukraine has continued over the past decade. Ukraine’s orphan crisis began to improve ...
25
Feb

Advocate Today for Children in Families First Act

MLJ Adoptions believes that all children belong in families and that growing up with the love, care, and protection of a family is absolutely crucial for a child’s development and well-being. Though U.S. foreign policy theoretically aligns with these tenets by emphasizing the preservation and creation of families for children, the necessary structure, coordination, and ...
5
Feb

Tatyana McFadden Takes On Winter Olympics in Sochi

As the 2014 Winter Olympics begin in Sochi, Russia, sports commentators will report results and human interest stories twenty-four hours a day. The stories will excite and move viewers, young children will start to dream of their day to compete as Olympic athletes. For Tatyana McFadden, the 2014 Paralympics will be another opportunity for her ...
4
Feb

Indiana Adoption Tax Credit Passes House

The Indiana House of Representatives has unanimously approved a bill put forth by Indiana Governor Mike Pence to create an Indiana adoption tax credit for families that qualify for an existing federal tax credit and to establish a study committee that would examine ways to promote adoption. The committee on adoption would study how other ...
1
Feb

Sochi Olympics Can’t Hide the Injustice of International Adoption Ban

With the Olympics underway, all the worlds’ attention is on Sochi, Russia. Amid the pageantry and athletic displays, we should take the opportunity to remind ourselves that the Russian ban on international adoption by Americans is now over a year old. The ban which was implemented for mere political reasons belies the flattering image Russia ...
30
Jan

Super Bowl XLVIII and The Bart Starr Award

The NFL Super Bowl XLVIII between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos is fast approaching along with the many festivities, parties, concerts and celebrations that take place prior to this anticipated game. One annual festivity is the Athletes in Action Super Bowl Breakfast. This year’s 27th annual event breakfast will take place in New York ...
20
Jan

48 Hours Investigation Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story

As I thought about watching the 48 Hours investigative show on international adoption that ran Saturday night, I became anxious. Would their story be similar to the recent negative, sensationalized stories on international adoption that have wreaked havoc on the adoption policies in countries such as Russia and Democratic Republic of Congo? Would they even ...
17
Jan

What is the Indiana Adoption Tax Credit?

At his State of the State address earlier this week, Governor Mike Pence proposed legislation that would offset the cost of adoption by creating an Indiana Adoption Tax Credit. The legislation advanced within the Family, Children and Human Affairs Committee and will likely move onto the House Ways and Means committee next. Should the legislation ...
15
Jan

Michele L. Jackson Testifies Before Indiana House Family, Children and Human Affairs Committee

We are so thankful to be headquartered in a state that values and places importance upon adoption. We so appreciate that the Governor of the State of Indiana, Governor Mike Pence, is a true adoption advocate. Not only has Governor Pence been vocal in his support of adoption, but has been active in his support ...
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