Category - Resources

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, ...
25
Jul

How to Raise Money for an Adoption

There are many different ways to alleviate the financial stress of adoption. Here are just a few ideas to get you started on the road to fundraising for you adoption. Garage sales and yard sales – They are a popular way to raise money for adoption. Families can go in together to have larger scale ...
15
Jun

Parental Stress and How It Impacts Adjustment in Adoption

Stress – it’s been a major focus of my career as a mental health therapist. I know the adoption process is stressful (on top of your daily stressors) and we talk about stress management during our adoption preparation classes, but that is barely an intro. When parents become more stressed than normal during the adoption ...
1
Jun

Estate Planning and Your Adopted Child

No one wants to think about bad things happening to their family. But, bad things do happen to good people and it is every parent’s responsibility to plan accordingly. A well thought out estate plan should be in every parent’s toolkit, but there are special considerations for the adoptive parent. Who will take care of ...
31
May

Basic Behavior Management for Adopted Parents

Many parents experience behavioral issues with their children whether they are adopted or biological. Here are some helpful hints for parents interested in resolving particular behavioral issues. Work on only two or three targeted behaviors at a time– Pick a couple of issues that are workable and try to make some headway on those-sometimes you ...
30
Apr

Book Review: Adopt Without Debt

We were excited to receive a review copy of Adopt Without Debt: creative ways to cover the cost of adoption direct from author Julie Gumm. Pre-sales begin May 1st and the book will be released on May 6th, thanks to faster than planned printing. It is definitely a book you will want to consider purchasing ...
11
Apr

Why Is Adoption So Expensive?

We hear this question all the time. It seems logical that when a person wants to adopt and add to their family, the cost to the family should not be $25-40,000 (average international adoption). It seems unreasonable to have high expenses associated with such a loving process. Some find adoption expenses appalling while others come ...
27
Feb

Beyond Rosa and Martin

Deesha Philyaw is a freelance writer and adjunct professor in the Master of Professional Writing Program at Chatham University. She is a black co-parenting mom of two girls, ages 7 and 12, one of whom is adopted, and stepmom of two girls, age 12 and 14. Deesha has written a series of blogs for us ...
24
Feb

Empowered To Connect Conference Recommended

Last September, I had the privilege of attending the Empowered to Connect Conference in Nashville, TN. The conference was full of insights and “ah-ha” moments. Although my daughter had been home for over a year, I had many eye opening moments listening to Dr. Karyn Purvis speak. Dr. Purvis truly understands children who have come ...
20
Feb

Echos of Discrimination

Friday afternoon I attended a special presentation at Ivy Tech by Rose Mapendo, a refugee from Congo, who was named the Humanitarian of the Year by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in 2009. As a member of the Tutsi tribe, her ethnicity made her family a target for violence, imprisonment, and death in the ...
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