Category - Resources

6
Nov

Need Funds for your Adoption? What about an Auction?

An auction uses competitive bidding process to reach the highest price for the sale of a good. Many non-profits and charities use auctions to raise monies for their worthy causes. Adoptive parents can also use this method to raise money for their international adoptions. Whether you are adopting from Haiti or Ukraine, your adoption services ...
2
Nov

Adoption Awareness Is All Around You

November is National Adoption Awareness Month. While adoption has always been in my consciousness, I wasn’t aware of just how many people in my world have been touched by adoption until I started working with MLJ Adoptions, Inc. I am no longer surprised when anyone shares their adoption story with me. When you start talking ...
1
Nov

Kicking off National Adoption Awareness Month

National Adoption Month kicks off in November and highlights the importance of finding adoptive families for all of those children who are in need of forever families! National Adoption Month started out as only being Adoption Week, but was expanded to an entire month of awareness because all of that importance and information could not ...
31
Oct

Adopt Globally, Love Locally

As part of our focus this year for National Adoption Awareness Month in November, we are introducing a beautiful new image. At MLJ Adoptions, Inc. our focus is on international adoption, so for us the phrase "adopt globally, love locally" fits well. We have put this image on t-shirts, sweatshirts, onesies, and more that you ...
31
Oct

Heartland Film Stuck Strikes An Emotional Cord With Adoptive Parents

I’m a crier. Ask my husband, my mom, anyone really. I’ve been known to tear up at a Hallmark commercial, the series finale to a great show (Lost anyone?), and since I’ve started my adoption journey just about anything to do with adoption brings on the waterworks (I mean, really, who didn’t cry when Meredith ...
30
Oct

Adoption Ministry

Adoption and ministry go hand in hand. Adoption is something so big that you can’t do it on your own so adoptive parents are dependent on the ministry of others to help support them through the process. And the needs of orphans are so great that no one ministry or church can care for them ...
26
Sep

Adopted Reality: Book Review and Author Interview

Great adoptive parents strive to understand the perspective of their kids, even when it does not make sense to them. Exceptional adoptive parents take the time to learn from adults who have experienced what their children are experiencing and will experience growing up adopted. Unfortunately, not all adoptive parents want to hear from adults who ...
25
Sep

The Dad Perspective

One of our clients reached out to us about this awesome podcast idea he had and we just had to share! It’s a great way for dads to get involved, and will be a fantastic resource and support for everyone. Below is his description of where he thinks the podcast is headed. We’ll keep you ...
24
Sep

Adoption Tax Credit Bill Introduced in Senate

The Adoption Tax Credit has enabled thousands of Americans to open their homes to foster children from across the United States and orphans from across the world. The current refundable version of the adoption tax credit that can give families nearly $13,000 in aid for taking in a parentless child will disappear if it is ...
18
Sep

Book Review: I Beat The Odds by Michael Oher

I loved The Blind Side; adoption and football are two of my favorite topics. I watched the movie, and I read the book. If you liked The Blind Side, I hope you will take the time to hear the story from Michael Oher himself in his book I Beat The Odds. The truth in Michael’s ...
11
Sep

Adoption Issues in PBS Kids show Dinosaur Train

My boys love watching a show, on PBS Kids, called Dinosaur Train. They’re boys, so of course they love a show that combines two of their favorite things-dinosaurs and trains. When I actually sat down to watch this show with them I noticed that there is a lot more to it than just dinosaurs and ...
7
Sep

Adopt Without Debt – Book Review

When my family started our adoption journey over seven years ago, the looming weight of raising money seemed overwhelming. However, the burden of orphans in need of forever, loving families was even more overwhelming. That burden fueled our energy to begin sacrificial saving and fund raising. Two years and $50,000 later, we brought home two ...
4
Sep

The Warm Winds of Change – Book Review

An excellent way to learn more about your child’s country of origin is to read books about or set in that country. Different kinds of books appeal to different people. I intend to find some fiction set in Samoa, but first I read The Warm Winds of Change: Globalisation in Contemporary Samoa by Cluny and ...
24
Jul

Questions To Ask Your Prospective Agency

I do many consultations with families who are looking to adopt and trying to choose an agency. For many, the same question is asked at the end of our conversation, “Is there anything I didn’t ask that I should have?” Families new to the adoption world are navigating a sea of agencies, legalities and processes ...
20
Jul

The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog: Book Review

I first got to hear from Dr. Bruce D. Perry at the NACAC conference last summer. There are some professionals whom it is immediately clear that they understand the big picture. Not all are as gifted with both understanding and the ability to explain complex principles. Not only do I believe Dr. Perry is experienced ...
17
Jul

What About Sunscreen?

In preparation for meeting my daughter in Africa, I packed everything I could possibly think of, including sunscreen. It’s hot in Africa! This item became a topic of conversation with the three other couples we traveled with. The main topic of the conversation was “do black people need sunscreen?” With summer in full swing, parents ...
11
Jul

Playing Inside To Beat The Heat

Across the nation temperatures have hit extraordinary highs. It’s been so hot that venturing outside for even a few minutes leaves you drenched in sweat, and swimming pools have been transformed into hot tubs. It’s miserably hot days like the ones we have been having that remind me of similar summers at home with my ...
9
Jul

Julie Gumm to Present Debt-Free Adoption at Conference

When potential adoptive parents hear the cost for private or international adoption they generally do one of two things: decide they could never afford it and give up entirely, or take out a sizeable loan. To the first group I say "WAIT! There is a way." To the second group I say "Wait! There is ...
6
Jul

I Love You Rituals: A Book Review

I Love You Rituals by Dr. Becky Bailey begins with the explanation that "I Love You Rituals are delightful interactions and games adults can play with children infancy to eight years of age, which send the message of unconditional acceptance". These techniques are based on caring touch, which we know is necessary for infants to ...
5
Jul

MLJ Adoptions Provides Many Avenues of Communication to Clients

The staff of MLJ Adoptions continually communicate key information with our Adoptive Parents through e-mails, tweets, posts on facebook, blogs, and through our Client Care Database to keep our clients informed about their adoption journey. While MLJ is responsible for providing these means of communication, it is the responsibility of all Adoptive Parents to take ...
12
Jun

Father's Day Gift Guide For the Adoptive Father

Even though some people think men are more likely to drag their feet about adopting sometimes dads are the ones that initiate the idea. No matter how the journey starts, I don’t see much difference between moms and dads in how much adoption means to them. Some dads are difficult to buy for, making picking ...
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