Category - Special Needs

29
Mar

What is Special Needs Adoption?

Families often start out on their adoption journey wanting to make a difference in the life of a child. But when families contact an agency, they may be told that most of the programs they’re interested in are “Special Needs Adoption” programs. This can be a scary term, and when we have this conversation with prospective clients, they …

30
Nov

Dealing- and Playing- with Sensory Processing Disorder

If your kids are anything like mine they like to run, jump, climb and play HARD. We have sports equipment for nearly every sport (even lacrosse!), bikes, roller blades, pogo sticks, skateboards, hula hoops, a swing set, exercise balls and a gymnastics mat, and sometimes that’s still not enough to keep my kids busy and …

27
Jul

Common Misconceptions About Adopting Older Children

Adoption is hard. Adopting older children can be even harder. But like with anything worthwhile, there are challenges and rewards. It is important when your family is considering the adoption of an older child to root through the truth and misconceptions of older child adoption. Older children who are adopted have likely played a more …

18
Jul

We’re Interested in Adopting a Sibling Group; Where Should We Adopt From?

The children in need of families from each country are quite different. No child is more or less worthy of a family, but it is also important to understand how the need for adoptive families varies from country to country. Depending on the information known about a child or the procedures for completing the child’s …

6
Jul

What Should I Consider When Adopting An Older Child?

Every adoption has both its challenges and rewards, and this is especially true when adopting an older child. Parents who choose to adopt an older child should have certain characteristics. While the desire to adopt and become a parent is, of course, the primary characteristic needed, there are some traits that seem to stand out in parents who …

5
Jul

Waiting Child Photolisting Gives Children an Opportunity for a Family

A picture is worth a thousand words. Pictures elicit an emotional response that even the most well-written sentence cannot bring about. By maintaining a Waiting Child Photolisting, MLJ Adoptions is able to provide older children from Bulgaria, Samoa, Ukraine, and other countries the opportunity to be adopted. For years, families interested in adoption have closed their …

29
Feb

Are You a Good Candidate to Adopt an Older child?

With every adoption, as with anything worthwhile, there are challenges and rewards. Some families are up for the challenge of adopting an older child, feel called to meet this great need or simply feel that adopting an older child best meets their family’s season of life. Regardless of why, there are certain characteristics consistent in …

25
Nov

Options for Families Seeking to Adopt a Child with Special Needs

International adoption can be confusing, trying to decide which country to adopt from, deciding the age of the child that is a good fit for your family and even deciding the gender of child you are open to; all can seem overwhelming to families. Adding to the decision making is choosing to adopt a child …

21
Sep

MLJ Adoptions Offers Special Needs Adoption Options

Children in need of families are the world’s most vulnerable children. They are vulnerable to child trafficking, vulnerable to medical illnesses and they live outside of the protection of a loving family. Throughout their lifetimes, they are more likely to experience homelessness, be exploited or turn to lives of crime due to desperation. Families called …

4
Aug

MLJ Introduces Waiting Child Photolisting

Every child has the fundamental human right to grow up in a loving, permanent home where their physical and emotional needs can be met. Around the world, there are many children waiting to be adopted into a permanent home simply because they have a special need.  These special needs can be quite minor, while others can …

8
Apr

Adoptive Siblings Discuss Older Child Adoption

With three siblings that were adopted as older children, I witness every day the many blessings that come from having these children in my family. To me, adding a new brother or sister to the family was always exciting regardless of their age – it was one more person to create memories and share traditions …

4
Feb

Celebrating the Little Things in Older Child Adoption

For those of you who have chosen to parent older children, you can probably relate to the struggles that many of us who have adopted older children face on a daily basis. There are days that you question why you did it, other days that you would openly admit you wouldn’t do it again, yet occasionally you …

3
Feb

6 Things You Need to Know About Adopting an Older Child

It’s hard to believe that in ten days, our family will have been together for one year. Adopting a teenager from Bulgaria was not part of our original plan. When we started on our adoption journey, we had intended to adopt an older child between the ages of 8-10. But, when we saw the picture …

28
Jan

Older Children Deserve a Family

Previously, we posted the first-hand account of a MLJ Adoptions client who adopted a teenager through our Bulgaria International Adoption program. She described some of the struggles she encountered during the first year after adopting a teenager. The truth is that adopting an older child or a child who has a special need is not …

27
Nov

Five Advantages of Adopting an Older Child

Adopting an older child is certainly not right for every family. A family with young biological children seeking to preserve birth order may have to wait to pursue an international adoption. But for families with older biological children or older prospective adoptive parents, adopting an older child may offer some advantages over an infant adoption. …

21
Nov

All Children Have a Human Right to a Family

The dirt road was wide and lined by corrugated metal structures housing a variety of homes and small businesses. A concrete trench ran between the structures and the road. The dust kicked up giving everything a fine brown-gray layer of dirt. People milled about, glancing curiously at us. We arrived at the end of the …

18
Nov

Connect With Families At Our Bulgaria Open House

At any given time there are at least seven older children on the MLJ Adoptions waiting child list. These are children that desire and need a forever family just like the infant babies of the world. So many times the older children are overlooked and considered too much of a challenge. When talking with families …

13
Nov

Older Child, the Adoptee Perspective

As we focus on older children during the month of November, we wanted to share with families the perspective of an older child who had been adopted. We interviewed Tatiana, a beautiful young girl who was adopted from Ukraine at the age of 16 along with her siblings. Tatiana and her siblings have thrived in …

8
Nov

Adopting An HIV Positive Child

After attending the Together for Adoption conference, I am more convinced that the international adoption landscape is changing. The majority of the children that were adopted five years ago were healthy, non special need, or older children. Today the percentages are very different. Special need and older child adoptions are growing. The importance of Support …

3
Aug

School Assignments Difficult for Adopted Children and Tips for Teachers

As I prepared for the first “Adoption for Teachers” seminar the other morning, I had a wonderful conversation on twitter with some adults adoptees about what assignments were difficult for them in school. It was a great discussion, but maybe the most important point that came out of it is to remember that every child …

1
Feb

Dan Marino – Adoptive Parent and Autism Advocate

Dan Marino – Career & Family Adoption is everywhere. If you keep up with our blogs, it is evident that adoption can touch lives anywhere and everywhere, including all-star athletes in the National Football League. In 1983, Dan Marino was drafted in the 1st Round of the NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins After several …

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