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3
Apr

Teaching Your Adopted Child to be Resilient

Internationally adopted children have had their share of negative influences in their young lives, whether from separation and loss, abuse or neglect, loneliness and lack of affection, homelessness or institutional care, racism or rejection, or poverty and malnutrition. Whatever trauma they experienced, these powerful events have no doubt affected their well-being, self-esteem, views on life, and ...
29
Mar

What is Special Needs Adoption?

Families often start out on their adoption journey wanting to make a difference in the life of a child. But when families contact an agency, they may be told that most of the programs they’re interested in are “Special Needs Adoption” programs. This can be a scary term, and when we have this conversation with prospective clients, they ...
27
Mar

First Child Arrives Home from Burkina Faso!

MLJ Adoptions is thrilled to announce that our first family completed their adoption from Burkina Faso, and arrived home with their son! This is an incredible milestone for the family, as well as an exciting milestone for our organization. We are celebrating this family’s adoption journey and what it means for the future of adoptions ...
23
Mar

Five Sensory Activities for Your Child

Does your child seem bothered by the tag in the back of their shirt? Are there certain foods that they avoid? Do they always seem to be fidgeting? These behaviors are an indication that your child may be sensory seeking or sensory avoidant. While helping your child understand their sensory needs could be an uphill battle, there are some ...
20
Mar

What Are Eligibility Requirements in International Adoption?

When researching international adoption and deciding on a specific agency or country program, one of the initial factors you will want to consider are eligibility requirements. Eligibility requirements will determine who can adopt from a specific program and/or agency.  Eligibility requirements are a combination of requirements from state and federal laws and policies, foreign laws ...
15
Mar

How Important is Post-Adoption Support?

MLJ Adoptions talks to many families each week that are just beginning to research adoption. Many of these families ask questions about current programs and process, length of wait for placement, and other questions that have to do with the past and the present, but I don’t think that I have had any questions about the ...
13
Mar

A Tale of Three Crèches

In Haiti, most children eligible for adoption live in crèches, or orphanages. Crèches may be funded privately or publicly, but a crèche must be approved by IBESR, the Haitian government body that oversees international adoption. From what I have observed, crèches take on the “identities” of their funders and directors; for this reason they can ...
1
Mar

Adopting from Bulgaria: Frequently Asked Questions

Naturally families who are considering adoption have many questions! Adoption from Bulgaria has grown in popularity over the years, and continues to be an excellent program. Below are some of the frequently asked questions of prospective adoptive families interested in our Bulgaria program. Is it possible to adopt a baby from Bulgaria? Children who are ...
22
Feb

Bulgaria Adoption Story: The Nance Family

My name is Angel, and my husband Nathaniel and I have four children: Elijah (13), Malachi (12), Lydia (7), and Gyunay (4).  We adopted Gyunay from Bulgaria at the age of 2 ½.  He has been home for 2 years this month, and we have a hard time remembering life without him. I’ve always wanted ...
20
Feb

What Happens When Families are Matched with a Child from Bulgaria?

The international adoption process is a long one, and adoption from Bulgaria is no exception. Families diligently wade through mounds of paperwork, get fingerprinted numerous times, complete their education, submit their dossier, soak up everything they can about adopting from Bulgaria, and wait, wait, and wait some more. After what seems like an eternity, families ...
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