Category - Resources

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 ...
11
Jun

Dr. Boris Gindis Focuses on Unique Learning & Social Needs of Internationally Adopted Children

Internationally adopted children often have unique academic struggles. Unfortunately, many schools are not prepared to address the a-typical needs of these kids. Therefore, adoptive parents often must become their child’s best advocates in school. It becomes up to the parents to educate themselves, to the best extent that they can, on the needs of their ...
5
Jun

MLJ Advocates for the Adoption Tax Credit

MLJ Adoptions has joined the Save the Adoption Tax Credit Working Group, a national collaboration of individuals and organizations from across the country who are united in the effort to advocate for the adoption tax credit.   The adoption tax credit helps tens of thousands of children every year find a forever family. By returning ...
29
May

Transracial Families Should Read Chocolate Me! by Taye Diggs

Chocolate Me! is a children’s book written by Taye Diggs about a time in his childhood when he lived in a predominately white neighborhood. After seeing Taye in movies like How Stella Got Her Groove Back, in plays like Wicked, and on television as a part of Private Practice, it is hard to imagine that ...
2
Apr

The Lost Art of Writing

Recently, I was looking for recipe cards and a recipe box for a gift. I checked out several high end department stores and low end box stores. I also checked at a particularly high end kitchen supply store. I was advised by the employee “why do you want recipe cards? Just do it on the ...
19
Mar

Orphanology: A Perspective on Evangelical Adoption

I love to hear what motivates people to adopt, how they come to the decision to pursue their unique roads to becoming parents or adding to their families. It is with this curiosity that I read Orphanology: Awakening to Gospel-Centered Adoption and Orphan Care by Tony Merida and Rick Morton. Merida and Morton are passionate ...
5
Mar

President Obama Receives Praise for Adoption Tax Credit Proposal

A broad group of adoption organizations from all sectors of adoption—including foster care, international and private—join together in thanking President Obama for his recent proposal to make the U.S. federal adoption tax credit permanent. The President’s Fiscal Year 2013 federal budget puts forth a proposal to make the adoption tax credit permanent and extend the ...
4
Mar

Adoption Fundraising is About More than Money

Finances are among the most pressing concerns for families pursuing international adoption. Many other relevant topics such as legal challenges, racism and emotional development are covered on this blog and others like it, but nothing makes the blood pressure rise quite as quickly as pondering what this process will do to the old bank account. ...
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