Blog

6
Mar

Bigger, Stronger, Wiser, and Kinder

Recently I was reorganizing and discovered a journal with notes I had taken at a conference for adoptive parents. There was no date, no title, no speaker’s name to share, just the following quote: Regarding adults and children – adults are ALWAYS bigger, stronger, wiser, & kinder. Ouch! Those words felt like a punch to ...
4
Mar

There’s More to Doing Hair than Style

My daughter has very thick beautiful curly hair. Her hair often needs a little extra care and attention. But she (understandably) isn’t always a big fan of the detangling process or the time and siting still that taking care of her hair requires. As a white mom with straight hair I’ve had to make it ...
27
Feb

Orphan Crisis in South America

If you are tuned into the news, you are aware of the current political and economic crisis in Venezuela. The country is in economic downfall as the people of Venezuela fight for democracy and try to unseat President Nicolás Maduro.  The ongoing crisis has created a shortage of food and medicine in the country, leaving ...
25
Feb

Get To Know Peru

Peru is one of the newest adoption programs newly implemented by MLJ Adoptions, International.  Located in South America, the country is vastly rich in cultural diversity, beautiful landmarks, and beautiful geographic features. Historically, Peruvian culture is the home to many ancient cultures, including Chico, Inca, and Andean civilizations,. Peru is known to have a long ...
18
Feb

Coping with Fears and Trauma in Adoption

When I was in first grade, I was attacked by two of my neighbor’s rottweiler dogs. For the longest time I was extremely afraid of dogs. Unfortunately, dogs could sense my fear which caused me to be bitten by multiple other dogs during my childhood. When I was little and encountered a dog my body ...
15
Feb

Photo of the Week!

This precious girl has been home from Honduras for a little over a year now! She says that when she grows up she wants to be a soccer player like her brothers. If you would like to have your child featured as our Photo of the Week, email karson@mljadoptions.com
13
Feb

Adopting from Bangladesh

Recently MLJ Adoptions International was able to welcome home a family adopting a child from Bangladesh! MLJ Adoptions International assists families hoping to adopt from Bangladesh through our Primary Provider program, also known as MLJ’s Individualized Country Programs (ICP for short). MLJ has successfully assisted several families wanting to adopt a child in need from ...
11
Feb

Black History Month – An Ongoing Discussion

“It’s Michael ‘X’, right?” “Excuse me?!” “You know, the guy Denzel Washington played in the movie!” This is an actual conversation I had with a teenager who was asking for assistance with her history project for Black History Month. This was a disconcerting realization that not only is our education system deteriorating, but I, as ...
6
Feb

Meet Samantha!

Hello all! My name is Samantha Brown, and I started working with MLJ Adoptions International in May 2018 as an intern assisting with several International Programs. Through the course of my internship, I found assisting prospective adoptive families greatly rewarding and a way to impact the lives of families and children.  I have recently completed ...
4
Feb

The Importance of Telling Your Child “I Love You”

“The best advice I could give any parent would be to never pass up a chance to tell your kids that you love them. Touch them, cuddle and hug them often. Never part without saying ‘I love you.’”                                                                                 —Andy Quinones, parent February, that special month of valentines, love, affection, and caring, is tailor-made for parents ...
30
Jan

Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery

As Super Bowl weekend approaches, many of us in the United States prepare for one of the biggest celebrations each year. We stock up on chips, dip, wings and fun drinks and anticipate some of the best commercials on television. We have family and friends over to cheer our favorite (or second choice) team and ...
28
Jan

Information on the 2018 Adoption Tax Credit

First and foremost, MLJ Adoptions International is not a qualified tax preparer and cannot provide you with advice for filing your taxes. We suggest you contact a tax professional.   However, we can remind you that there is a non-refundable tax credit for qualified  adoption expenses paid to adopt an eligible child. The IRS tax code ...
21
Jan

Journey to the Fatherless – Book Review

Lawrence E. Bergeron states that the purpose for his book, Journey to the Fatherless, is to “help the Church both awaken and prepare her people for the journey to the fatherless.” Being awakened to a need- any need- does not prepare one to meet that need, and this author is well-equipped to prepare other families for ...
16
Jan

Taking Care of You

The adoption journey is not an easy one. Is it exciting? Yes. Is it focused on love? Yes. Is it joyful? Yes. Is it stress-free and relaxed? No. As an adoptive parent-in-waiting, you will experience a myriad of emotions. As a parent whose child has arrived home, you will experience even more emotional reactions—some pleasant ...
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