Category - Special Needs

6
Jun

Meet MLJ: Amy Moore

Name: Amy Moore Title at MLJ: Special Needs Program Coordinator What do you actually DO with MLJ: Intake for Special Needs children to help match them with forever famlies. What is your favorite part about what you do with MLJ: Education for the parents, how to meet the specific needs of the child. What is ...
13
May

The Forgotten Children

Four years ago when I heard the term Special Needs, my reaction was, “that is for someone else, I could not handle that.” Three years ago our family’s world was rocked when we adopted our little “Guatemalan princess”. When we set out on the adoption journey, we signed up for a “healthy female two years ...
27
Dec

The Gift of Adoption

When I worked as a child welfare worker, I facilitated many adoptions. It was the upside to a job that that often seemed bleak and challenging. Children that had suffered such abuse and neglect were legally and emotionally free to find peace with a new family. While adoptive parents exuded joy, I always felt adoption ...
10
Dec

Parenting a Child with HIV

Read the first part of Stephanie’s story Considering Adopting a Child with HIV. Well, no doors closed and we brought that sweet little boy home along with two other boys on April 14, 2010. He was on medicine in Ukraine and remains on those same medications but different dosage today. We have been to see ...
10
Dec

Considering Adopting a Child with HIV

In March 2009, my husband and I had traveled to Ukraine to visit the boy we were in the process of adopting. While playing with him we met several other kids, but when I saw this little blonde haired, green eyed boy my heart melted. His name was Kolia. This little boy looked so cute, ...
29
Sep

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 ...
2
Sep

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 ...
30
Aug

The Most Vulnerable Orphans

I love my job… and I especially love working with the children! It is such an incredible feeling to see children coming home to loving families. Even more wonderful is when I have the opportunity to witness the changes in the lives of the children – how they blossom with the love, security and opportunities ...
23
Aug

Adoption and Your Child's Privacy

As I cruise around the world wide web, a large part of my time is spent perusing adoption blogs and articles. It is a great way to get educated and connected. You can read about other’s adoption stories and even become "friends" with folks you might not otherwise meet. But when it comes to adoptions ...
10
Jun

Congo Adoption Program Updates

Our adoption program in the Democratic Republic of Congo was launched in October 2009. The popularity of this program is related to the availability of infants, the quick process compared to other international adoption programs, and travel is not required by adoptive parents. With the popularity of the program, however, we have found as the ...
27
May

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 ...
12
Apr

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 ...
12
Apr

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 ...
17
Nov

New Adoption Program in Congo

We are very excited about our new program in the Democratic Republic of Congo and happy to already be working with families across the United States. There are many waiting children for whom we would love to find a loving home and family. Currently referral times are immediate to three months, however as the program ...
23
Oct

Those Eyes…

Those eyes, looking past me, hesitant to make eye contact, afraid to hope… those eyes that track from just below my face to one of the babies… That look, deep in those eyes, with the stoic knowing that our only interest must be in the babies… That hesitance to engage with us, with me, in ...
18
Oct

Answers About the Adoption Tax Credit – Part 4

For several weeks, we have been sharing a series of posts about the Adoption Tax Credit, written by Rob Pederson. Rob is a CPA with 11 years of experience – 4 in public accounting as an auditor and tax preparer, and 7 in the accounting departments of two publicly traded companies. He also owns and ...
5
Oct

Answers About the Adoption Tax Credit – Part 3

For several weeks, we have and will be sharing a series of posts about the Adoption Tax Credit, written by Rob Pederson. Rob is a CPA with 11 years of experience – 4 in public accounting as an auditor and tax preparer, and 7 in the accounting departments of two publicly traded companies. He also ...
2
Sep

Answers About the Adoption Tax Credit – Part 2

In the next few weeks, we will be sharing a series of posts about the Adoption Tax Credit, written by Rob Pederson. Rob is a CPA with 11 years of experience – 4 in public accounting as an auditor and tax preparer, and 7 in the accounting departments of two publicly traded companies. He also ...
23
Aug

Answers About the Adoption Tax Credit – Part 1

In the next few weeks, we will be sharing a series of posts about the Adoption Tax Credit, written by Rob Pederson. Rob is a CPA with 11 years of experience – 4 in public accounting as an auditor and tax preparer, and 7 in the accounting departments of two publicly traded companies. He also ...
29
May

Employers Support Family-Building by Adoption

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption recently released their list of the 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces for 2009 as part of their effort to encourage more employers to offer benefits for those that would like to adopt. To be considered for this list employers must complete an adoption benefits survey. Those included are ranked based ...
7
Apr

"All Children Deserve a Home and a Loving Family"

When visiting St. Theresa’s Orphanage in Zagreb Croatia last year, I was introduced to a beautiful young lady, who I will call Nadija. At the time, Nadija was 18 years old, attending the university in Zagreb and living at St. Theresa’s . Although 18, she was allowed to live at the orphanage while she attended ...
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