Category - Resources

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 ...
15
Feb

Iguanas In The Snow

My family often spends time in northern Minnesota during the holiday. And I mean really far up there-12 miles south of the Canadian border. We see snow here in Indiana and even have accumulation sometimes. But the fact that we are still talking about the Blizzard of ’78 tells me that as Hoosiers, we really ...
14
Feb

Book Review: The Whole-Brain Child

The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Mind is a book that I will be recommending parents, especially adoptive parents, read in the future. Co-authors Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., neuropsychiatrist and author, and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., a psychotherapist for children and adolescents have written a text that is readable and usable ...
6
Feb

"Doc McStuffins" Offers A Healthy Dose of Diversity

“Doc McStuffins,” which first aired in March on the Disney channel, has attracted a growing audience of children ages 2 to 7. “Doc McStuffins” is not only getting praise from children for it’s fun-loving characters and catchy songs, but it has also sparked the interest of parents who are excited to have a positive role ...
18
Jan

Online (and Offline) Resources to Discuss Race on Martin Luther King Junior Day

Martin Luther King Jr. is an essential figure in American history, race relations in the United States, and dealing with prejudice and racism. As parents to children who were born in other countries but are living with us in the United States, it is imperative that we teach our children about racism, racial divisions in ...
15
Jan

"Jackie & Me" at the IRT Explores Race and Bullying

When I teach Adoption Preparation Education courses at the MLJ offices for parents living in the Indianapolis area, the Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) is often one of the many resources I share as a way to continue to explore racial relations through American history. I have absorbed several plays there that have moved me, angered ...
13
Dec

Gift Guide: For Adoptive Moms

The month of December kicks off the shopping season. Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, it’s a time when many of us try our best to find the perfect gift for our loved ones. Moms can be particularly difficult to buy for. Moms are always giving so much of themselves to others. What ...
7
Dec

Gift Guide: Dads with Adopted Kids

Christmas is coming! Are you ready? This gift guide for dads should help. Sometimes dad can seem like the hardest person to shop for – mine never seems to know what he wants! If the man in your life has adopted a child, then an adoption related gift may be just the ticket. Appropriate gifts ...
2
Dec

In On It: What adoptive parents would like you to know about adoption

In On It: What adoptive parents would like you to know about adoption by Elizabeth O’Toole opens wide the doors into the world of adoption for the uninitiated. In addition to explaining the adoption process and all its crazy bureaucracy, it also provides great insight into the emotional roller coaster that everyone involved has just ...
30
Nov

Transracial Parenting Means Learning about Racism in America

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 84% of international adoptions are transracial and only 19% of internationally adopted children are white (based on a 2007 survey). This percentage shows international adoption almost always means transracial adoption. Because most international adoptions are transracial, MLJ’s education classes focus heavily on preparing white parents to ...
29
Nov

The Gulf In Between

The complexity of transracial adoption can be enormous, especially when you consider ethnic and cultural ramifications for your child. What I mean is that no matter how committed you are (and studies prove how committed adoptive parents are), no matter how hard you try, —exposure to role models, food, music, art, language, festivals, traditions—you will ...
26
Nov

Transracially Adopted Children Arrive Home to Changed Landscape

Adopt globally, love locally is our theme during National Adoption Awareness month. But what does that mean? What are the implications of bringing a child from another country into our local communities? How will that child be received by the local community? We will be touching on these questions and others this week as we ...
9
Nov

Fundraising Crafts: Nail And String Art

There are at least two major challenges facing parents who are in the process of adopting: fundraising and preparing your family for a new child. String art projects can help with both of these challenges. Although string art originated in the 19th century, it gained popularity in the late 1960s. Like all things retro, string ...
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