Category - Resources

13
Nov

11 Tips to Write an Effective Adoption Fundraising Letter

International adoption requires the services of a lot of professionals – social workers, attorneys, translators – and the expenses add up. Increasingly, prospective adoptive parents are turning to fundraising letters to raise these funds for their adoption. Below are 11 tips for writing an effective adoption fundraising letter. Clearly articulate your passion to adopt and ...
5
Nov

MLJ Adoptions To Host Affording Adoption Seminar

For the employees of MLJ Adoptions, adoption is not just a profession, but a personal passion. Camie Schuiteman is the perfect example of how adoption is not only her day job, but also one of her favorite ways to serve others and advocate for the orphan. In addition to home schooling her children and assisting ...
8
Oct

Orphan Sunday

Rooted in the Christian faith is the commandment to look out for those in need. Throughout the Bible, various scripture passages call attention to the importance of caring specifically for the orphan child. The Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) coordinates a special initiative called Orphan Sunday. The first Sunday in November, across the globe, churches ...
24
Sep

Children’s Book Review: Chosen by Love

Having just written a blog on “sacrificial saving” for your adoption, I confess my downfall is believing books are needs and not wants!  So, when I discovered an adoption book for children that did not grace my bookshelf, I entered the EBay world. Chosen By Love, written by Tom Jaski, is a faith-based story about ...
3
Sep

Yes, You Can Afford Adoption!

YES! You CAN afford adoption! “Sacrifice” according to Webster can be described as a “surrender of something for the sake of something else.” This certainly describes the adoption funding process. You have chosen to sacrifice for something precious – your child. Just as each child is unique, so are the families who adopt. This means ...
12
Aug

MudLOVE: Unique Opportunity for Adoption Fundraiser

International adoption is expensive. Many families on their adoption journeys look for creative ways to fundraise and finance their adoptions. We are thankful to have had the opportunity to speak with an organization that has helped some of our MLJ Adoptions families make their adoption dreams a reality. Kristin Elsner is the Administrative Director for ...
6
Aug

7 Tips for an Effective Auction Fundraiser

The journey to adoption is not an easy one. The financial aspect was an especially daunting obstacle we had when we started this process. Before we had even turned in our application to MLJ Adoptions, we had bought and read (three times) the book Adopting without Debt by Julie Gumm. It’s a great quick read ...
16
Jul

Perspective is Key to Overcoming Adoptive Parent Struggles

I will just be honest with you – there are times that it is truly difficult to love some of my children. I am so tired of feeling frustrated, of being angry and not being able to have a peaceful moment when they are all at home, feeling unappreciated, taken for granted and nothing is ...
9
Jul

Book Review: Journalist Describes Life in Kinshasa

Stringer by Anjan Sundaram is a vivid first-hand account of a journalist’s time spent in the Democratic Republic of Congo surrounding the recent election of Joseph Kabila as president.  A promising mathematics student, Sundaram had a change of heart while in college and decided to drop out to pursue a career in journalism in one of the ...
2
Jul

Simple Changes Make Affording Adoption Possible

With some changes to your everyday life, you can change your spending habits and essentially “raise” thousands of dollars by saving money for your adoption. Couponing: Do you clip coupons, or throw them away? Websites like Money Saving Mom and Coupon Mom will help you learn how to stack coupons in order to get many ...
25
Jun

Your Voice Can Make a Difference for Children

When I was in high school, George Clooney won an award. In his acceptance speech, he said he’s made his life about challenging those with more power than him, and sticking up for those with less. I was sixteen at the time and I remember thinking, “Yes, that’s what I want my life to be ...
11
Jun

Father’s Day Gift Ideas from the Kids

Make Dad feel awesome this Father’s Day with these special gifts and fun craft ideas. I don’t know how it is in your house, but I know my dad enjoys being the “Grill Master.” He prides himself in being able to sear perfect grill marks and concoct a marinade bursting with flavor. If Dad is ...
9
Jun

Summer Provides Fresh Ideas for Affording Adoption

Summer is here! The kids are out of school. Suddenly your family’s routine has been turned upside down. Checking backpacks for homework has been replaced by packing the pool bag for the afternoon’s adventure to the pool. The summer can provide your family with some new fundraising ideas for financing your adoption in addition to ...
28
May

The Importance of Self Care to Adoptive Parents

Recently, I was able to attend the Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit in Chicago and attended a breakout session that spoke volumes to me. The session was led by Deborah D. Gray, author of Attaching in Adoption, and was titled “It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint: Your Self-Care and Why it Matters.” It didn’t take long ...
21
May

How to Make Colored Rice for Your Sensory Play Bin

When we were getting ready for our Bulgaria Open House in November, we decided we were going to have a sensory play bin. A sensory bin allows children to explore using their five senses in a controlled environment. This can be helpful for adoptive children, really any children, because it helps stimulate their brain, which ...
24
Apr

Six Precautions to Take When Traveling with Cash

While traveling internationally to complete your adoption, carrying cash is often a necessity. Credit cards, while an everyday convenience here in the United States, are not always practical when traveling to third-world countries. We recommend our families carry cash both in American dollars and local currency. Here are some tips for traveling internationally with cash. ...
16
Apr

Take Care When Completing Your Adoption Dossier

One of the first steps in the adoption process is to gather and complete several documents that will become your dossier. Your dossier gives all the authorities involved in your adoption process a “window” to analyze your family, your home and your life. The purpose of the dossier is to show that you meet all ...
19
Mar

Top 100 Adoption-Friendly Workplaces

Would you consider your workplace to be an adoption-friendly workplace? The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption releases an annual list of 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces, in which they recognize companies that provide the best adoption benefits to their employees. The companies are ranked based on two basic requirements: the amount of financial compensation provided and ...
17
Mar

Affording Adoption is Possible

What is holding you back from your adoption dreams? Recently my colleague Lydia Tarr brought some research to my attention. A survey had found that 26% of adults (and 38% of church going adults) had considered adopting a child, but only 2% have ever followed through. Knowing the enormous need and the deep hurt of children ...
3
Mar

Why an Adoption Playgroup?

I remember sharing with some moms about my struggle with leaving my daughter in the nursery at church. Their response was she would be fine, just leave her, all kids go through that. I tried to explain to them that my daughter still had fears of abandonment. Additionally, the nursery looked very much like an ...
16
Jan

Investing the Adoption Tax Credit

It feels like perfect timing that the adoption tax credit arrived in my bank account right before Christmas, but ultimately my plan for the majority of it will be invested back into my child in more important ways than gifts. After paying off my adoption loan, I will be saving to ensure I can provide ...
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