Blog

27
Sep

Journaling as a Tool in Healing

The other day my daughter announced that she was “doing her own therapy.” When I asked her what this meant she said that she was journaling and writing down her feelings. I’ll admit that this made my social worker heart proud. At the top of her page she wrote her own journal prompt and asked ...
17
Sep

Meet AJ!

Name: AJ Bergstedt Title at MLJ: Intern/Student What do you actually DO with MLJ? I have had the pleasure of learning the ins and outs of writing/updating home studies, researching resources for families when they receive their referral, learning the process and details behind adoption, and so much more. As a student at IUPUI I ...
31
Aug

Photo of the Week

There’s only two weeks until our annual adoption picnic. We love seeing the relationships formed each year! Will your family be joining us this year? Make sure to RSVP!   If you would like your child to be featured as our Photo of the Week, email caitlin@mljadoptions.com.
10
Aug

Photo of the Week

We’re getting ready for our annual adoption picnic on September 16th! Have you RSVPed yet? You can RSVP here: https://securebws.net/care-mljadoptions/CalendarEvent.aspx… If you would like your child to be featured as our Photo of the Week, email caitlin@mljadoptions.com.
28
Jul

Unspoken Gratitude

I recently had the wonderful opportunity of seeing the 1947 holiday film Miracle on 34th Street at a local “retro” theatre. Finally, I got to see one of my favorite Christmas movies on the big screen. Yes, it was in glorious black and white! The author, Valentine Davis, got the idea for the story while struggling ...
27
Jul

Photo of the Week

This Bulgarian beauty celebrated her first 4th of July as an American this summer! Isn’t she the cutest?   If you would like your child to be featured as our Photo of the Week, email info@mljadoptions.com.
23
Jul

Resources for Families Considering International Adoption

Many families begin scrambling for adoption resources as soon as they make the commitment to pursue an adoption. They begin asking questions of their friends, family, adoption agency, and other adoptive families. They begin researching over the internet or in local libraries for information on processes, countries, child behaviors, USCIS requirements for immigration, and grants. ...
18
Jul

2018 Annual Adoption Picnic!

Each year, MLJ Adoptions hosts an annual picnic! The picnic is open to all MLJ Families – past and present, prospective adoptive families, adoption advocates and friends of adoption. All families, no matter where they are in the adoption process are welcome to join us for an afternoon of fun and food! This year’s picnic ...
16
Jul

From Hosting to Adoption: Consider our Ukraine Program!

Ukraine has long been a popular country to allow the hosting of children who have been orphaned. Children participating in the hosting program range in ages from 6 to 16. Hosting can offer many families, as well as the hosted child,  an opportunity of a lifetime! Children hosted from Ukraine reside in orphanages, so hosting ...
9
Jul

How Families Can Spend Their Time in Peru!

Families who choose to adopt a child from Peru are required to travel to Peru and stay in country for five to eight weeks to complete their adoption process. Travel happens approximately three months after the family is matched with a child. One parent can return home after approximately two to three weeks. This time ...
5
Jul

Self-Care in Adoption

Adoption is a stressful process. On the surface, it is portrayed as an act of altruism and a way to expand your family, it is also seen by many as a helping hand for children in need of forever families. There’s no doubt that all these statements are true, but what about all the arduous ...
2
Jul

Lessons From The Past Ten Years

In June, MLJ celebrated its tenth-year anniversary! Personally, being with the agency since its inception, I have worked in the field a bit longer. Anniversaries are a time for reflection and a time to contemplate the road you have traveled, what you have experienced, learned and how these experiences have affected you. Over the last ...
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