Category - Adoption Stories

6
Feb

Bulgaria Adoption Story: The Diaz Family

We are Rafael and Christy Diaz.  Sofia (age 3) and Aleksandar (age 2) joined our family in July 2016 from Bulgaria! We met Sonja and Lydia at an event hosted by our church.  We then met with Nicole a few days later to gather more information and explore the details of each country’s program.  When …

23
Mar

Latin American Adoption Story: Scharmahorn Family

The greatest thing (about our adaption period) was the uninterrupted time we had as a family – away from our busy lives back home. We traveled almost every weekend around the country and really tried to enjoy our time there together. We are the Scharmahorn family. My husband, Kaleb and I have been married for …

16
Nov

Bulgaria Adoption Story: Helton Family

Adoption not only changes the lives of children, but also the lives of the rest of the family. We are delighted to introduce one of our courageous MLJ Adoptions’ Families who adopted a child with a serious medical issue from Bulgaria. During November, National Adoption Month, MLJ Adoptions is raising money for its Special Needs Adoption …

29
Jul

Bulgaria Adoption Story: Hunckler Family

  Adoption not only changes the lives of children, but also the lives of the rest of the family. We are delighted to introduce one of our courageous MLJ Adoptions’ Families who adopted from Bulgaria. They continue to be richly blessed by their family, built through international adoption!

1
Jun

Adoption Story: Hampton Family

Adoption not only changes of the lives of children, but also the lives of the rest of the family. We are delighted to introduce one of our courageous MLJ Adoptions’ Families who adopted from Samoa. They continue to be richly blessed by the children who joined their family through adoption!

22
Apr

Roberts’ Nicaragua Adoption Story

She made eye contact with me. She instantly came running, arms WIDE open with the BIGGEST smile on her face. I will NEVER forget that look in her eyes. She jumped in my arms and I just wept. We are the Roberts Family. Dean and I have been married for six years and Viviana joined …

8
Apr

Adoption Story: Hawley Family

After waiting and praying and waiting and praying for what seemed like an eternity… in a court thousands of miles away, a judge read our paperwork and said “yes”. Nikolay was finally a Hawley! We are Patrick and Kristen Hawley. We have been married for 13 years and have been blessed with three wonderful boys, who …

11
Mar

Adoption Story: I Knew Immediately She Belonged!

I welcomed these challenges because there will be issues that come up with biological as well as adoptive children. That is simply a part of parenting and that’s what I signed up for. We are excited to introduce Ian and Candace from Washington State along with their three children, Aidan, Donovan and Aiyana. Aidan and …

11
Feb

Adoption Story: Yes, Single Parents Can Adopt!

Being home with my son is great!  Every day is a new adventure and hearing him talk and seeing him learn new things each day is so wonderful. It is our immense pleasure to introduce you to Tiffany and Liam! Tiffany adopted Liam through our Samoa International Adoption program. Liam came home from Samoa in …

13
Jan

The Bultemeier’s Nicaragua Adoption Story

Adoption not only changes of the lives of children, but also the lives of the rest of the family. We are delighted to introduce one of our courageous MLJ Adoptions’ Families who adopted from Nicaragua. They continue to be richly blessed by the children who joined their family through adoption!

23
Dec

Africa Adoption Story: Adoption is Doable!

A child being part of a family is bigger than any special need. We encourage others to see that adopting a child with special needs is possible! It is our immense pleasure to introduce you to the Price family! The Price family had four biological children at home when they decided to adopt a beautiful …

20
Oct

Bulgaria Adoption Story: We Can Be Their Someone!

It seems like Cian and Lila have always been a part of our family! They were just so beautiful and sweet, we couldn’t believe how lucky we were. Please meet Brian and Susanne Crotty and their gorgeous twins Cian and Lila! The Crotty family adopted two children through the MLJ Adoptions’ Bulgaria program. From Infertility to …

6
Oct

The Eplion’s Bulgaria Adoption Story

Adoption not only changes of the lives of children, but also the lives of the rest of the family. We are delighted to introduce one of our courageous MLJ Adoptions’ Families who adopted from Bulgaria. They continue to be richly blessed by the children who joined their family through adoption! We invite you to meet …

15
Sep

Parents Receive Special Surprise for Birthday and Mother’s Day

Introduce your family. We are the Hutchinson family. George, Denise, and Maya. What led you to adoption and international adoption? We wanted a child to love and we both felt growing up that adoption was something that we wanted to do one day. We felt international adoption was the way to go as it seemed …

25
Aug

Nichols’ Bulgaria Adoption Story

Please introduce your family. We are Joel and Amy Nichols from Lawrenceville, Georgia. What led you to international adoption? Joel’s younger sister is adopted from Korea and we have always wanted to adopt internationally as well. What country did you adopt from and why did you choose that country? At our initial meeting with MLJ, …

28
Jul

Kids Find Love, Comfort from Adoptive Family and a Furry Friend

Introduce your family: We are Meredith and Kevin from Bloomington, Indiana. What led you to adoption and international adoption? My wife is Canadian, and I’m American. Choosing between either of our countries would have been difficult. What country did you choose to adopt from and why did you choose that country? We chose Bulgaria because …

30
Jun

Community Supports Family Adopting From Nicaragua

It is commonly said that it takes a village to raise a child. The same can be said for completing an international adoption. Support from loved ones and others is essential to making the transition successfully. Below, our guest contributors describes the support and encouragement they received from their faith and the members of their …

19
May

Not One, Not Two but Four Special Blessings Arrive from Congo

Last September, the Congolese immigration authorities reacted to “rehoming” stories in US media and stopped issuing exit permits. Stories abound now of the hundreds of families who have children who are legally adopted who cannot leave Congo to join their families in the United States. Amid this sadness, we would like to remind everyone that …

1
Apr

Family Finds Joy (and a Big Surprise!) Adopting from Nicaragua

Introduce your family. We are Isaac and Katie from Wheaton, Illinois. What led you to adoption and international adoption? Isaac: I grew up in an immediate and extended family that contained several adopted children. All three of my siblings are adopted, two of which are international. Because of the experience of growing up in a …

13
Mar

Family Spotlight: The Rector Family

The Rector family has adopted from both Guatemala and Nicaragua. Beth Rector also leads the Nicaragua Support Group and the Central Indiana Playgroup. Introduce your family: We are Brad and Beth and we have two daughters named Daniella and Roxanna. We live in Indiana. What led you to adoption and international adoption? My wife Beth …

20
Nov

Family Spotlight: The Bruvold Family

We’re so proud of and thankful for each and every one of our families, we’re giving them the chance to show off a bit. We’ll be shining the spotlight on families by letting them introduce themselves and tell us a little about why and how they got involved with adoption. Today we’re letting the Bruvold …

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