Category - Resources

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. ...
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 ...
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