Category - Resources

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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. ...
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 ...
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