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Give Your Adoptive Child a Portable Sensory Bag this Christmas

We all struggle with self-regulation throughout different periods in our lives. Our ability to self-regulate can depend on what we are going through, how much stress we are dealing with, sickness, etc. We each self-regulate differently. For some, self-regulation can be a constant struggle that is difficult to understand. Self-regulation is the ability to adjust ...

Say Cheese, Why it’s Important to Take Family Pictures When Your Kiddo Comes Home

Transitioning your adoptive child into your home can be a challenge. It’s a new environment with unfamiliar people and it can be overwhelming to your child. After the first couple weeks of being home and getting in a routine, it may start to feel like life is finally falling into place. One of the best ...

5 Reasons to Re-Adopt Your Internationally Adopted Child

Families whose internationally adopted children are automatically U.S. citizens upon arrival home (IR-3 or IH-3 visa) face the choice of whether or not to “re-adopt” their child in their state. The primary reason that families forego the re-adoption process is due to cost and time commitment to complete this process. This hesitation is understandable, as ...

Affording Adoption is a Family Affair

Thank you to Scott and Mary for sharing their adoption fundraising story with us! They are currently waiting to be matched with children from Eastern Europe. When we started the process of adopting our children, we were overwhelmed by the financial aspect. How would we ever be able to afford the fees associated with bringing ...

What is Hague International Adoption?

The Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-Country Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention) is an international agreement to establish safeguards to ensure that intercountry adoptions take place in the best interests of the child. The Convention entered into force for the United States in April 2008.   Hague Convention Countries ...

School’s Out – Time for Summer Reading!

School’s out for summer! The kids are home and it’s finally time to relax for the summer. However, keeping the kids plugged into school activities is a challenge. We have a list of adoption books to help you talk with your kids about adoption or help them better understand their experiences. These books may also ...

Summer Reading: Adoptive Parenting

Ready or not, summer is here! The warm weather has moved in, the jackets have been packed away, the air conditioning is on and the days are now filled with sunshine and time at the pool. With summer here that means summer reading lists for you while you are on the beach or maybe just ...

How Do I Begin an International Adoption?

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How Do I Start an International Adoption?

The first step of a journey is often the most difficult. There is fear of the unknown and uncertainty in knowing if you are making the right decision. Your mind is likely full of questions, and answers are not always easy to find, especially in international adoption. If your family is considering international adoption, we ...

Five Ways to Honor an Adoptive Mother-To-Be on Mother’s Day

Completing an international adoption requires enough paperwork to kill dozens of trees. And imagine dealing with the red tape of not only your own state and federal governments but also the government agencies of another country! All in an effort to obtain that final piece of paper that says this family you’ve been imagining can ...

Creating an Adoption Account at a Local Church

For families who are fundraising for their adoption, creating an adoption account through their local church can be beneficial to raising the necessary funds for an adoption process. The benefits of establishing an adoption account are twofold. First, it allows donations given to this account to be tax-deductible.  Second, it also gives the local church the opportunity ...

Affording Adoption When You are Single

Adopting as a single parent is quite possible and easier than you may think. According to research conducted in 2000, 33% of children adopted from Foster Care were by a single parent. So, it is not surprising that many singles will investigate the possibility of international adoption as well. Across the US, the number of ...

FAQs for Single Women Adopting Internationally

There are options for single women interested in adopting a child internationally. MLJ Adoptions has assisted many single parents on their adoption journey and we look forward to not only continuing to do so, but also continuing to find new and meaningful ways to provide additional support for these families. The single parents who have ...

Adoption Tax Credit Won’t Benefit All Families

We often receive phone calls about the Adoption Tax Credit, a source of great confusion for many families. The adoption tax credit is an important benefit to promote adoption. But prospective adoptive parents need to know and understand the credit’s limits, particularly if they have low or moderate income. The most fundamental confusion about the ...

Families Can Assist with Affording Adoption

International adoption requires the services of many professionals so the cost can be considerable. Families often turn to fundraising for affording adoption. Involving family and friends in an adoption is not only an important way to educate them about adoption but also a good way for them to offer both financial and emotional support. This will ...

Book Review: No Biking in the House Without a Helmet

Every parent has had that moment where they have said something to their children and then they think, “Did those words actually come out of my mouth?” For example, I have said the following to my children: “don’t lick your shoe,” “don’t throw the cat,” “don’t ride the dog,” “don’t brush the sink with your ...

Engaged Education

Starting in January and going through March, each family that becomes an MLJ Adoptions’ client by making a first payment, will receive a free copy of The Connected Child. MLJ Adoptions is committed to supporting parents before, during and after adoption. One of the ways we work to do so is by preparing families as ...

Celebrate Your Adoptive Child’s Culture with these Crafts

The holidays are just around the corner. Your time becomes filled with shopping to find the perfect present for that special someone that has everything. Your kids are playing in the snow, drinking hot cocoa and possibly driving you crazy because school is out. If you run out of things for them to clean and ...

What Not to Say When You Attend an Adoption Fundraiser

Over the past few years, I have learned that when talking about adoption there are some things that you just don’t say or that you say differently so as not to unintentionally offend anyone. Already in our adoption process, many people have asked us, without meaning to be offensive, when we will be able to ...

What is a Lifebook?

A Lifebook is a connection to an adopted child’s past, a record of the child’s personal history and a valuable tool for helping a child understand the difficult transitions in his or her life. It is a detailed record of his or her life prior to adoption and a window into the child’s identity. Lifebooks ...

20 “Outside the Box” Ideas for Affording Adoption

Often adoptive families find themselves in a situation in which they need to fundraiser for their international adoption or domestic adoption. We have heard about the garage sales, bake sales, golf outings, auctions and grant options.  However, there may be ways that bring in money for adoption expenses that we have not considered.  The following ...
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