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13
Dec

Expedition to Ukraine: What We Love About the Country

Croissants, croissants, croissants: chocolate-filled, chocolate chip, peach, cherry, banana, pineapple, blueberry, raspberry, cinnamon & raisin, whole grain, rye, without icing, drizzled with icing, covered in powdered sugar, and numerous mouth-watering, unknown others because I can’t read Russian or Ukrainian! Need I say more? Ukrainian food is delicious if you like meat, potatoes, and vegetables. It …

9
Dec

Photo of the Week

This happy family brought their daughter home from Ukraine this week, just in time for the holidays! If you would like your child to be featured as our Photo of the Week, please email info@mljadoptions.com.

7
Dec

Christmas Around the World!

Every family has their own traditions for the holidays. Whether these traditions are religious, like going to Midnight Mass, or cultural, like hanging lights and singing carols together, the holidays are all about celebrating the good in our lives with the people we care about most. My family’s traditions involve copious amounts of cookies and …

6
Dec

Rocking Your Way to Closer Attachment

In preparation for adopting, I read many books and blogs, and attended training sessions and webinars to learn how to form an attachment with my child once she finally joined our family. I knew that attachment wasn’t going to be easy, and that it would take a lot of work and time to form. Attachment …

5
Dec

Adopting from Ukraine – A 2016 Program Update!

For families interested in adopting from Ukraine, 2016 started off on an exciting note! MLJ Adoptions re-introduced our Ukraine Winter Hosting Program, which started in December 2015 and ran through mid-January 2016. Seven families participated, which allowed seven children to experience the love of a family, maybe for the first time in their lives. Once the …

28
Nov

Adopting from Haiti – A 2016 Program Update!

This past year has contained a lot of excitement for MLJ Adoptions’ families adopting from Haiti! The program officially opened in 2013, but there have been some setbacks along the way. When Haiti officially joined the Hague Convention in April 2014, the implementation of new regulations caused a slowdown for families waiting to receive referrals and …

25
Nov

Photo of the Week

We hope your family had a safe and happy Thanksgiving! This year, and every year, we are so thankful to work with all of you! If you would like your child to be featured as our Photo of the Week, please email info@mljadoptions.com.

22
Nov

First Children Arrive Home from Haiti!

MLJ is happy to share that our first two adoptive families have completed their adoptions from Haiti and brought their children home!  This is a milestone for these families, as well as for MLJ as an agency. We could not be happier! Adoption from Haiti by U.S. families has been popular for many years in …

16
Nov

The Value of Resources

What is the value in the adoption support resources that are sent to families upon starting the adoption process? Is it just useless information and needless reading that is sent to adoptive families? The resources provided by adoption agencies at the beginning of a family’s adoption process are easy to ignore; there is so much to …

14
Nov

My Trip to Samoa

As a program director working in international adoption, most of my daily routine keeps me anchored to my computer, assisting adoptive parents with their adoption process and working with foreign attorneys.  So it is a real pleasure when I have the opportunity to travel to the countries we serve. Recently my travels took me to …

11
Nov

Photo of the Week

Our annual Africa party is this Saturday the 12th, from 1-3PM! Come and enjoy some food, crafts, dancing and fun! RSVP here. If you would like your child to be featured as our Photo of the Week, please email info@mljadoptions.com.

9
Nov

MLJ’s Second Family Receives a Referral from Burkina Faso!

Adoption agencies celebrate several milestones that adoptive families achieve during their international adoption processes, and one of the most anticipated ones is when a family is matched with a child in need. Personally, one of the most exciting calls that I make to adoptive parents is calling them to share that they have been matched with …

7
Nov

What’s the Big Deal About Birth Order?

As a budding young psychology student in the ‘70s, I remember reading The Birth Order Book: Why You Are The Way You Are by Dr. Kevin Leman and thinking “Wow, that explains so much!” As the oldest child in a large Catholic family, I now had an excuse for being an over-achieving, conscientious, cautious, perfectionistic, …

2
Nov

How Do Ordinary Americans Afford Adoption?

Many families have the heart for international adoption, but not all feel they possess the financial wherewithal to adopt internationally. The cost of an international adoption can be prohibitive to some families, but MLJ Adoptions has also seen many ordinary families use simple strategies to afford adoption. It’s our hope that by your family would …

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