Category - Resources

28
Feb

Building Attachment Using the Five Love Languages

In the book The Five Love Languages, Dr. Gary Chapman’s explains that each of us gives and receives love in different ways. Everyone has a primary love language and it is how you communicate love with others. Dr. Chapman explains that everyone has an "emotional tank" waiting to be filled with love. When a child ...
14
Feb

Creating Valentine’s Day Traditions

Today is Valentine’s Day and I have been thinking about ways that I can make this year special for my kids by creating new traditions. I am constantly trying to find new ways to show my husband and children that I love them and Valentine’s Day provides a perfect opportunity for me to express my ...
8
Feb

Q & A What Are Signs of Attachment?

Q: We brought home two kiddos about three months ago. We read and studied about attachment and are working to attach and bond. We have three bio kiddos between the ages of four and ten. Our two new additions are almost two and four years old. We have limited our activities. I go to class ...
6
Feb

Kisses from Katie: A Book Review

Wow! That’s the first thing I thought when I finished reading Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption. I started reading the book on a Friday evening and could not put it down for the remainder of the weekend – I had to finish it. The message really hit me the next ...
26
Jan

Six Strategies For Building Attachment

Healthy attachment is crucial for children to be able to grow into adults that can successfully navigate their world. Healthy attachment allows for appropriate trust, self control and problem solving skills. Attachment theories provide that all babies have needs and they each provide signs to their caretaker regarding what those needs are. When the need ...
18
Jan

Trauma and the Brain: What It Means for Adoption

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network defines trauma as something that may occur when a child feels intensely threatened by an event in which he or she is involved or witnesses, and it is often followed by serious injury or harm (National Child Traumatic Stress Network, 2005). Being separated from one’s birth family, culture of ...
9
Jan

Calling Transracial Families To Help With Important Research

One of my favorite things about attending NACAC is learning about not only research that has recently been published, but also the research that is still in process. I had the opportunity to hear from Leigh A. Leslie, Ph.D. about the early stages of her study of transracial adoptive families. While she has some clear ...
3
Jan

Choose Your Charity Wisely

Here we are in a new year. It’s a fresh start and full of possibilities. In 2012, many families have resolved to dedicate more of their family resources to charitable organizations. Currently the average American gives 3-5% of their adjusted gross income to some sort of charitable cause. Adoptive families tend to be among the ...
15
Dec

My Family, A Symphony by Aaron Eske Recommended- Part Three

I highly suggest that you read My Family, A Symphony: A Memoir of Global Adoption, check out Aaron’s website and follow him on twitter. Not only did I enjoy reading his book, but I very much enjoyed interviewing author Aaron Eske. I hope that some day we are able to sit down together in the ...
7
Dec

My Family, A Symphony by Aaron Eske Recommended – Part Two

Whether you are considering adoption, part of a family that has grown through adoption, or a seasoned adoption professional, you will likely learn something from Aaron’s journey, research, and narration. I have already recommended My Family, A Symphony: A Memoir of Global Adoption to several people, including those who simply enjoy a good book and ...
6
Dec

Familiarizing Yourself with the Adoption Tax Credit Part II

Picking up where we left off yesterday, this is the 2nd part of Familiarizing Yourself with the Adoption Tax Credit. You will need to read Part I so that you will understand today’s blog. Expenses connected with a foreign adoption (the child was not a U.S. citizen or resident at the time the adoption process ...
5
Dec

Familiarizing Yourself with the Adoption Tax Credit Part I

It’s difficult to write an “all-inclusive” article on something as complex as the adoption credit. So, as we approach the end of the tax year, you are encouraged to familiarize yourself with the adoption tax credit, its benefits and requirements as pertaining to your individual situation. With the enactment of the Affordable Care Act the ...
29
Nov

My Family, A Symphony by Aaron Eske Recommended – Part One

I have nothing but wonderful things to say about the new book My Family, A Symphony: A Memoir of Global Adoption by Aaron Eske. While Aaron’s book is a memoir, sharing much about his family, not just his experience as the only biological child in a family with four transracially and transculturally adopted siblings, it ...
25
Nov

5 More Ways to Celebrate National Adoption Awareness Month! (Part III)

There are many ways to celebrate National Awareness Adoption Month this November. Here are just a few examples: Plan a Fundraiser or Attend an Adoption Fundraiser: There are many ways to support the cause of orphan care and adoption. November is a great month to bring your community together for the cause raising funds to ...
17
Nov

5 More Ways to Celebrate National Adoption Awareness Month! (Part II)

There are many ways to celebrate National Adoption Awareness Month this November. Here are five more ideas: Cooking for Culture – There is just something about cooking that brings a family together. It’s a great time to try a new recipe that celebrates your family’s diversity. While preparing the meal together make sure to talk ...
7
Nov

Celebrating National Adoption Awareness Month! (Part I)

Every year the month of November is recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month. It’s a time to celebrate all types of adoption and raise awareness for the need for adoption in our world. It’s a time that government, communities, businesses and advocates celebrate adoption as a positive way to build a family. MLJ will be ...
27
Oct

Costumes, Culture, and Adoption

As you are preparing your child’s Halloween costume, for some their first Halloween costume, blackface probably didn’t occur to you as an acceptable part of a costume. Yet, I was shocked to see an adult in blackface last year as part of a Tiger Woods costume. There are so many costumes available in the Fall ...
26
Oct

Fall Celebrations

Halloween is just around the corner! Youngsters prepare in anticipation for the day when they can dress up as ghouls, goblins or princesses and receive an overabundance of sugar filled treats! For many of our families who have adopted children, this will be their first Halloween and these parents can watch as their newly adopted ...
19
Sep

Book Review: Lifebooks: Creating a Treasure for the Adopted Child

In high school and college I was an avid scrapbooker, so when I heard the term “lifebook” for the first time I thought it was just a fancy term for adoptive parent’s scrapbooks. When I inquired more information from friends in my adoptive parents group I quickly learned that it is not a common term ...
31
Aug

How I Will Prepare for My Child’s Arrival

Preparing to welcome an adopted child is an incredible gift, much like preparing to welcome a birthchild. But the waiting is also a challenge, which inevitable questions like, • When will we receive a referral? • How are we going to pay for the adoption AND be able to afford having a child? • Am ...
22
Aug

Six Alternatives to Spanking

The Indiana Department of Child Services mandates that adoptive parents cannot spank adopted children. But is that really the reason that we should not spank our children? Some of those who believe spanking a child is a necessary form of punishment may refer to the Bible for justification. There are several passages in the Bible, ...
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