Category - Resources

24
Aug

A Fundraising Option: Adopt Together

In a perfect world, those of us committed to finding forever homes for children in need would provide services free of charge. However, this is not the reality, as individuals working in adoption have their own personal commitments of supporting families and paying monthly expenses such as rent, utilities, and groceries. Dedication to finding homes ...
25
Jul

4 Money Questions to Ask Before You Start Your International Adoption

Affording adoption is not usually a simple matter. The numbers and labels batted about in the beginning of the process can be confusing and even seem overwhelming. The sheer costs listed on an agency’s fee sheet may make you want to faint. But take a deep breath! Families have done this before; affording international adoption ...
28
Jun

How to Learn Key Words of Your Adoptive Child’s First Language

There are many reasons learning a few key words and phrases of your adoptive child’s native language before traveling to your child’s country is important. Learning even a few phrases of your child’s native language can help you have a more meaningful interaction with your child and caregiver. Being able to understand your child’s wants ...
6
Jun

Five Tips for a Successful Adoption Grant Application

Families pursuing international adoption may choose to apply for adoption grants. There are grant giving organizations who care for children who have been orphaned by giving grants to families pursuing adoption. The process can be time consuming, but for some families, it is by receiving these grants that they are able to continue on their ...
11
May

Affording Adoption: Where to Start

It doesn’t take too long for families considering growing their families through international adoption to realize that adoption is expensive, and that affording adoption may be a challenge. Although, it seems unreasonable to have high expenses associated with such a loving process, there is no getting around the fact that the expense of international adoption ...
2
May

What is the Timeline for an International Adoption?

Most families considering international adoption know that it takes a long time. Their friends have told them, adoptive families have shared their experiences, but how long exactly does an international adoption take? The short answer is that the timeline for an international adoption can vary greatly depending on the country a family chooses to adopt ...
27
Jan

What Happens if I Decline a Referral?

One of the frequent questions that we receive from families when they are considering adoption or are in the process of adopting is, “What happens if I decline a referral?” Not knowing what your potential referral could be is somewhat frightening for families. “What if’s” abound! So, what does happen if you are potentially saying ...
9
Dec

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 ...
26
Aug

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 ...
12
Aug

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 ...
5
Aug

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 ...
13
Jul

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 ...
9
Jul

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 ...
7
Jul

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 ...
6
Jul

How Do I Begin an International Adoption?

If you want to learn more, please contact us.       
10
Jun

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 ...
6
May

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 ...
28
Apr

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 ...
25
Mar

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 ...
23
Mar

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 ...
16
Mar

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 ...
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