Category - Resources

7
Jan

What Type Of Visa Will My Internationally Adopted Child Receive?

If you are adopting a child internationally, it is likely that your child will arrive in the United States after receiving one of four types of visas. The type of visa that your child arrives home on depends on two factors. First, it depends on your child’s country of origin. Second, it depends on whether ...
19
Nov

Early Risk Factors for Sensory Deficits

Sensory issues are hard for many people to understand. You may not immediately recognize sensory issues in your child, but sensory deficits often lead to behaviors that adults find problematic. For adoptive parents, it can be confusing to recognize sensory issues and not know if they indicate prenatal exposure to drugs or alcohol, lack of ...
5
Nov

Hydration, Blood Sugar, Behavior, and Learning

Physiological Strategies: Hydration/Blood Glucose Seventy-five percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated. When I teach Nutrition: Nurture, Health & Behavior, I generally admit that I am likely a part of that 75%, but when I review some of the major impacts of dehydration, I always reach for my Nalgene bottle. Proper hydration:   keeps metabolism at ...
24
Oct

Why do we have to do International Adoption Post Placement Reports?

In the past week, I have had several conversations that reinforce the significant important of post placement reports in international adoptions. My first conversations were when I was in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and talked with two of their government entities involved in the international adoption process. The Social Services department and Family Court ...
30
Sep

How Do I Afford the Early Part of My Adoption Process?

Affording adoption can seem daunting. The adoption tax credit is available to help some families, but those funds aren’t available until the adoption is complete. Many generous grant organizations exist to help families afford adoption. However, they often maintain requirements that monies can’t be distributed until later in the process – after a home study ...
18
Sep

Book Review: Sleepless in America

As a therapist, I know how essential it is to mood and functioning to by well rested and eat healthy food. I worked hard in graduate school and early in my career, often sacrificing sleep, but once I prioritized sleeping a sufficient number of hours each night, I quickly realized that I was able to ...
17
Sep

Top Five Reasons to be Wary of the Internet During an Adoption

The internet and social media sites have transformed the international adoption landscape. Previously, we discussed some of the benefits that adoptive parents have gained from the internet. Today we will discuss the top five reasons adoptive parents need to be cautious when going online during an international adoption.   It is difficult to judge the ...
10
Sep

Six Money Saving Tips For Adoptive Families

As people consider adoption and growing their families, one big concern is its impact on the family budget. Raising children is definitely not cheap, but there are ways to reduce expenses even in larger families. There are a few basic categories where your family budget will feel the effects of additional kids — food, travel. ...
9
Sep

Top Five Reasons the Internet is Good for International Adoption

The internet and social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have profoundly transformed our society as a whole. They have also transformed the world of adoption. When adopted tweens can locate birth siblings or internationally adopted teens can contact former caregivers in their birth countries online, all stakeholders in adoption face a set ...
5
Aug

Why Do I Need Adoption Education?

When my family went through our first adoption, there were no adoption education requirements. We were given a list of books and it was suggested we read one or two. Eager to know all that I could, I did read one of the suggested books, Toddler Adoption: The Weaver’s Craft by Mary Hopkins-Best and it ...
3
Aug

School Assignments Difficult for Adopted Children and Tips for Teachers

As I prepared for the first “Adoption for Teachers” seminar the other morning, I had a wonderful conversation on twitter with some adults adoptees about what assignments were difficult for them in school. It was a great discussion, but maybe the most important point that came out of it is to remember that every child ...
19
Jun

Friend and Family Donors Can Receive Tax Deduction

What an encouragement when generous family and friends want to join you on your adoption journey! However, you need to have a plan regarding the acceptance of donations. If your donors are not concerned with a tax benefit, then I suggest creating an adoption sub-account at your local bank and saving all funds raised until ...
13
May

Children’s Books About Race and Diversity

Race and ethnicity, is an issue that parents of children who were adopted internationally face daily. Often it is very obvious to children who are adopted that they do not look like the rest of their family and they may struggle with forming their individual identity. Families who have adopted internationally may receive stares or ...
6
May

Book Review: Proof of Heaven

With my work obligations, I struggle to find time to read a book for pleasure. Recently, however, one title caught my interest: Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander, M.D., teased my curiosity due to the subject matter. Dr. Alexander, a neurosurgeon, describes his near death experience, while he lay in a coma for 7 days ...
30
Apr

Garage Sales As Adoption Fundraiser

My family may or may not be addicted to garage sales. We may or may not plot a “garage sale route” every Saturday morning on our GPS. We may or may not set the alarm for 6:30 and enthusiastically hit the road by 7:00, coffee and power bars in hand. So you can kind of ...
16
Apr

Enlightened Employers Support Their Employees’ Adoptions Plans

International adoption can be emotional, time-consuming and costly. Fortunately, many enlightened employers across the nation believe it’s important to financially support their employees in their efforts to grow their families through adoption. They also see value in providing an emotionally supportive climate that includes time off to promote bonding and attachment with their new child. ...
3
Apr

Education Opportunities Continued

A continued list of adoption conferences for 2013! We will continue to update the list as more conferences approach. MLJ’s Crossroads of America Adoption Conference will return to Indianapolis in 2014. Until then, here is a list of upcoming adoption conferences around the US. These conferences give adoption professionals and adoptive families a great opportunity ...
28
Mar

Education Opportunities: Adoption Conferences for 2013

Adoption education is something we take very seriously at MLJ. We are constantly learning new and important things about adoption. Our dedicated staff is always eager to learn more, and share that knowledge with others.   Before bringing your child home, MLJ provides Adoption Preparation Education to prepare families for the entire adoption journey. But ...
4
Mar

The Oppression of Women and Girls: Why You Should Care

I watched a program with my husband recently, one that we are still discussing—Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. The four-hour-long compelling and often hard-to-watch documentary ran nationally (in the U.S.) and in two two-hour segments that originally aired on October 1st and 2nd 2012 (the film will be will be ...
26
Feb

Read Across America Day, Adoption Style!

March 2nd is celebrated every year as a way to inspire people to read. Read Across America Day is a great way to encourage children and young adults to stop what they’re doing and read – whether it is books or magazines, fiction or nonfiction, novels or comics. Many schools across the United States take ...
19
Feb

Bulgarian Culture in Indianapolis

More and more families that are considering international adoption are looking to the country of Bulgaria. This isn’t just happening here in Indiana, but across the United States. There are two main reasons these families consider Bulgaria: a stable, progressive process and the appeal of Bulgaria’s culture. To begin: Bulgaria has a relatively progressive standard ...
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