Category - Resources


"The Other Side" Book Review

I picked up "The Other Side" from the opening of the Ruby Bridges exhibit at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. It is written by Jacqueline Woodson with beautiful watercolor illustrations by E.B. Lewis. The story is about two little girls named Clover and Annie – one child black and the other white. Clover and Annie are ...

What to Expect When You're Expecting an Older Child

When two people get married, they tend to bring past baggage into that marriage. In all the excitement of planning the wedding, some baggage may have been overlooked. But after the wedding flowers are wilted, reality set in. While this can complicate some marriages, most couples learn to deal with their partner’s baggage; they learn ...

The Power of Nurturing Touch

At 3:00AM this morning I heard my two year old daughter whimpering in her sleep and I knew a cry would follow shortly. I quietly stepped into her room and placed my hand on her back. She relaxed and drifted back to a peaceful sleep. Amazing what a simple touch can do. Children who have ...

Pre-approved Elective Parenting Your Adopted Child: Tweens, Teens & Beyond

Issues inherent in adoption typically begin to surface when the child realizes they are becoming independent from their parents. Questions many parents assumed had been addressed when their child was younger often resurface. Most adoptive parents aren’t aware of this or prepared for it. Parenting Your Adopted Child: Tweens, Teens & Beyond is a class ...

Parenting Transracially

Do or will you parent transracially? One of the most challenging things to do as a parent of transracially adopted children is to help them see themselves for who they are, as well as, understand how others perceive them and will treat them because of their own biases and prejudices. Especially if you’re a white ...

You're Invited to the 2010 Adoption Picnic

We hope you can join us for our third annual MLJ Adoption Picnic! The picnic is a great opportunity for adoptive parents to meet others who have adopted and share stories, support, food, and fun. It is an opportunity for your children to meet other kids who may have a similar experience. For prospective adoptive ...

"Amazing Grace": book review

Last night our family started a new tradition; we read a bedtime story together. As a teacher I get many books through Scholastic, so we have a good collection at home for Story to read as she gets older. Since my job focuses on developing reading skills in children I figure I can share this ...

Hope for Congo

This October 2nd I will be running 5K in honor of my daughter’s first mother. I am not a runner. I’ve never been a runner. I am not even sure how to run. But, as we wait for our daughter to arrive home I’ve been using running in order to de-stress during the adoption process. ...

Lessons From the Connected Child

This book was written by staff at the Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University for parents who have welcomed home children from other countries, troubled backgrounds, and/or with special behavioral or emotional needs. The text begins with changes that can be expected when an adopted child is welcomed into a family. It outlines ...

The Best For You: book review

The internet is such a great way to build an adoption community. I have been so blessed by the many people I have met through twitter and blogs. Because every adoption is different, it is important to expose yourself to a variety of experiences and opinions. It has also been a great way for me ...

Resources & Responsibilities: part 2

Yesterday, I posted about the resources MLJ Adoptions, Inc. provides to prepare families to parent an adopted child, even in difficult situations. I look forward to your questions and comments on both parts of this important discussion. Even in extreme situations, there are resources available to parents struggling to integrate a new child into their ...

Resources & Responsibilities: part 1

The story of Artyom Savelyev adopted from and returned to Russia is deeply concerning for me as an adoption advocate and licensed mental health counselor who has worked with all sides of the adoption triad. I am concerned about all of the other children in Russia who may miss out on a chance for a ...

The Sea Chest: book review

Hastily, I grabbed The Sea Chest (written by Toni Buzzeo and illustrated by Mary GrandPre) from the library shelf. Imagine my surprise when a book chosen to excite my two youngsters about this summer’s Michigan Dunes vacation turned out to be a beautiful, miraculous adoption story. In fact, a surprise ending intertwines two adoptions into ...

Like Dandelion Dust

I want to thank JHDJ law firm for inviting me to a screening of Like Dandelion Dust, an adoption-themed independent film. The screening was sponsored by Heartland Film Festival and Fifth Third bank at Landmark Keystone Art Cinema, with refreshments provided by Starbucks and Sweet and Savory (thank you, all). Although Like Dandelion Dust has ...

The True Cost of Adoption: a Biblical perspective

I want to put the many costs of adoption in a Biblical perspective. My belief is adoption is a pure reflection of what God did for us by making a way for us to be part of His family. “His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us ...

The True Cost of Adoption

Many never realize the complexity of the adoption process. It is something I have tried to explain to many families, only to later realize they don’t truly understand until the end of the process, if then. I tell all my families that adoption is hard; I even had “Adoption is not for the faint of ...

Using the Family and Medical Leave Act for Adoption

Did you know that the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) can be used for adoption? Passed in 1993, the Family and Medical Leave Act allows employees to take up to 12 weeks of job-protected unpaid leave due to a serious health condition, to care for a sick family member, or to care for a ...
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