Blog

23
Jan

What Happens After We Receive a Referral from Haiti?

Receiving a referral is no doubt one of the most anticipated milestones during the adoption process! For families adopting from Haiti we have provided a snapshot of what happens once you are matched with a child. Identifying and Referring the Children – In Haiti, the Central Authority in the country, Institut du Bien Etre Social …

18
Jan

Facing the Bathroom Blues

Every parent seems to have questions about potty training, and new adoptive parents often wonder if their child’s behavior is “normal” or not. Recently, a parent contacted me about her child who had just arrived in the US. She was definitely experiencing the “bathroom blues” with her toddler- see if this sounds familiar: “Potty training has …

17
Jan

What Everyone Must Understand About the Adoption Tax Credit

The adoption tax credit can be a wonderful benefit to families looking to add to their family through international adoption! But, it is important that families understand fully how the adoption tax credit works before they make the decision to adopt internationally, especially if they are depending on the tax credit to afford adoption. The …

16
Jan

Taking a Drive Through Haiti

Parents adopting from Haiti often ask us what it will be like when they arrive in their child’s native country. They want to know what to expect, what to prepare for and what to bring to make their trip more meaningful. One of our families actually asked if we could shoot a video while driving through …

9
Jan

Why Should You Adopt from Haiti?

When considering which country best suits your family for international adoption, there are several factors to consider. Is your family eligible to adopt from that country? If you don’t qualify now (due to your age or the length of your marriage,) are you willing to wait? What age children are legally free for international adoption …

6
Jan

Photo of the Week

Cold weather getting you down? This Bulgarian cutie (and his best friend) will warm your heart! If you would like your child to be featured as our Photo of the Week, please email info@mljadoptions.com.

30
Dec

Photo of the Week

From our families to yours, MLJ Adoptions wishes you the happiest of New Year’s! If you would like your child to be featured as our Photo of the Week, please email info@mljadoptions.com.

29
Dec

Adopting from Bulgaria – A 2016 Program Update!

This was the year of sibling groups for our families adopting from Bulgaria, with five sibling groups matched in MLJ families in 2016! These sibling groups ranged in ages, from both children being under three years old, up to a brother and sister who are thirteen and nine years old, respectively. Two of the five sibling sets …

28
Dec

Older Child Books

The decision to adopt a child is one that usually involves research, time, planning, and depending on the family, prayer. Families considering the adoption of an older child may find that there’s even more research and planning to be done before arriving at a decision. There are many great resources available to families considering adopting …

27
Dec

Adopting from Mexico – A 2016 Program Update!

Families adopting from Mexico in our program had an exciting 2016! After receiving our first referrals in 2015, four children were able to join their forever families this summer! Starting a new country program is full of ups and downs, much like an adoption journey itself, and our Mexico program has been no different. Adopting …

23
Dec

Photo of the Week

This holiday season, we hope you spend time enjoying the things that matter the most: friends, family, and lots and lots of candy! If you would like your child to be featured as our Photo of the Week, please email info@mljadoptions.com.

22
Dec

Adopting from Nicaragua – A 2016 Program Update!

Adopting from Nicaragua has become a popular option for families wanting to bring a child from Latin America into their homes. There are several benefits to adopting from Nicaragua; the stay in-country can help a child adapt to his or her new family more easily, the proximity to the United States allows families to travel …

21
Dec

Expedition to Ukraine- Helpful Tips

Given my role as MLJ’s Financial Resources Coordinator, money was probably our top concern as we headed to Ukraine. Regarding how much to bring, follow the travel guide; we found it to be very accurate with no surprises. What a blessing! Also, don’t be shy about asking other families about their experience regarding expenses. We …

20
Dec

Meeting Your Child for the First Time

After a long and exhausting process, the most anticipated moment of your adoption is when you meet your child for the first time. This is an exciting, and probably nerve-wracking moment, and parents rarely know what to expect. Managing these emotions, as well as your expectations, are key to making this joyous meeting a smooth one …

19
Dec

Adopting from Samoa – A 2016 Program Update!

Adopting from Samoa has many benefits, as families in our program saw this past year! Even though the country has a small population, and the sheer number of children in need of families is smaller compared to other countries, families who choose to adopt from Samoa are meeting a critical need. We had four families …

16
Dec

Photo of the Week

Cold weather got you down? Nothing the two B’s can’t fix: Books and Brothers! If you would like your child to be featured as our Photo of the Week, please email info@mljadoptions.com.

14
Dec

Adopting from Congo – A 2016 Program Update!

In September 2013, the immigration authority in the Democratic Republic of Congo ceased issuing exit permits to children who had been adopted by U.S. families, but who hadn’t joined their families in the United States yet. Rumors surrounding this exit permit suspension swirled while the international adoption community advocated that the children, who were located …

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