Category - Adoption News

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 ...
13
Jan

Mitt Romney And Transracial Adoption

As an international adoption agency, MLJ Adoptions is familiar with transracial adoption and the issues that surround it. The complexities of adoptive parenting are only magnified when parents raise children of a different race than them, doing the best they can to preserve an adoptive child’s culture and help him or her navigate society as ...
11
Dec

Adopting Davion Only

Many of us were touched recently by 15 year old Davion Only, who bravely stood in front of St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in St. Petersburg, Florida pleading for a forever family. It has been reported that over 10,000 individuals and families inquired about adopting Davion after his plea received national attention. Requests came in ...
6
Dec

Nelson Mandela’s Impact on Racial Relations

Throughout his 95 years, Nelson Mandela was a political prisoner, president of South Africa, a human rights advocate, and a Nobel Peace Prize winner among many other major awards. But it wasn’t the awards or titles that made him so important. Nelson Mandela had an impact on racial relations across the globe. His goal of ...
15
Nov

Corruption Abroad and International Adoption

It is MLJ Adoptions’ understanding that, in the near future, media attention will most likely be given to specific instances of fraud and corruption surrounding several adoptions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in which children living in orphanages, not legally free to be adopted, were adopted internationally, unbeknownst to their biological families. While ...
1
Nov

30 Things To Do During Adoption Month

November is Adoption Month. In honor of this we’ve come up with 30 things you can do during the month of November to celebrate Adoption Month! Spread the word about Orphan Sunday Give your child’s teachers the Teacher’s Resource guide. You can find it here. Encourage employers in your area to establish adoption benefits Use ...
21
Aug

USCIS Telephone Scam

Below is an email that we received (emphasis added) from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) about a telephone scam targeting applicants. As we believe that keeping your personal information safe is of the utmost importance, we ask that you please share this, especially among your adoption circles. In recent weeks, U.S. Citizenship and ...
2
Aug

Rebels In Congo Face Pressure From United Nations

On Tuesday, the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo of approximately 19,000, issued an ultimatum to some 30 rebel forces of the unstable eastern area of DRC. Rebels were told that they had a deadline of Thursday at 4:00pm to disarm, or U.N. troops would disarm by force. According to a Christian ...
1
Feb

Adoption Makes Fatherhood Dreams Come True For Dallas Cowboy’s DeMarcus Ware

Not all great football players start playing football at the age of 3, and this professional athlete is a great example. DeMarcus Ware didn’t step onto a football field until his junior year of high school. Before then, he had played baseball, basketball, and track. During football season his senior year, he was named MVP ...
25
Jan

AshLee Frazier’s Adoption Story Brings Bachelor Sean Lowe to Tears

AshLee Frazier is one of many women competing for the attention and love of this season’s Bachelor, Sean Lowe, but she caught my attention the other night when she spoke about adoption. AshLee and Sean had a very special one-on-one date last night, in which she opened up about her past. Sean had asked her ...
22
Dec

Katherine Heigl Goes Domestic Adoption Route

Emmy Award winner and Grey’s Anatomy star Katherine Heigl was recently a guest on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” when her latest adoption was brought up. Katherine Heigl and husband Josh Kelly adopted their first daughter from South Korea back in 2009. Three year old Naleigh is now a big sister to newborn baby ...
21
Dec

The End of Independent International Adoptions? The US Congressional Universal Accreditation Act

As an adoption professional, I have been closely monitoring the discussions in Washington in Congress and the U.S. State Department and the discussions at adoption conferences regarding the Universal Accreditation Act. The Universal Accreditation Act originated in the Senate and introduced by long standing adoption advocates Senator Lugar, Senator Kerry, Senator Landrieu and Senator Inhofe. ...
5
Nov

30 Ways To Help Us Celebrate And Bring Awareness To National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Awareness Month. It’s an opportunity not just for MLJ, but for everyone to bring awareness to adoption. Below are thirty ways that you can help celebrate and spread awareness throughout the month of November. Have an adoption themed movie night. Read an adoption related book. Explore your child’s heritage. Try a ...
1
Nov

National Adoption Awareness Month Kick Off – NFL Style

November is National Adoption Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about adoption. Throughout this month we will be using this space to highlight adoption stories and resources and to celebrate all that is wonderful about adoption. Although often adoption is only whispered about, our aim is to shout far and wide that adoption is ...
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