What to Expect When You're Expecting an Older Child

When two people get married, they tend to bring past baggage into that marriage. In all the excitement of planning the wedding, some baggage may have been overlooked. But after the wedding flowers are wilted, reality set in. While this can complicate some marriages, most couples learn to deal with their partner’s baggage; they learn ...

A Gathering Based on LOVE

On Saturday, September 18th my husband, two kids, and I had the privilege to attend the MLJ Adoptions annual picnic, and I don’t think there was a better way to spend such a beautiful day. I will admit that I did not know quite what to expect when we decided to attend the picnic. I’ve ...

The Power of Nurturing Touch

At 3:00AM this morning I heard my two year old daughter whimpering in her sleep and I knew a cry would follow shortly. I quietly stepped into her room and placed my hand on her back. She relaxed and drifted back to a peaceful sleep. Amazing what a simple touch can do. Children who have ...

Life on the Congo River: NPR feature

Last week, NPR Morning Edition featured a 5-part series on the Congo River. The series starts at Kisangani (Stanleyville), the beginning of the navigable portion of the river, and continues to Kinshasa, the Capital of The Democratic Republic of Congo. According to Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, the main narrator for the story, the 3,000 mile long river ...

Parenting Transracially

Do or will you parent transracially? One of the most challenging things to do as a parent of transracially adopted children is to help them see themselves for who they are, as well as, understand how others perceive them and will treat them because of their own biases and prejudices. Especially if you’re a white ...

Having a Family

God created my family and I am so glad that I have them. My dad, my mom, my brothers and my sisters all care for each other, because that is what a family does for each other. I am proud of my family because they help me through everything – friends, homework, and a lot ...

The Most Vulnerable Orphans

I love my job… and I especially love working with the children! It is such an incredible feeling to see children coming home to loving families. Even more wonderful is when I have the opportunity to witness the changes in the lives of the children – how they blossom with the love, security and opportunities ...

You're Invited to the 2010 Adoption Picnic

We hope you can join us for our third annual MLJ Adoption Picnic! The picnic is a great opportunity for adoptive parents to meet others who have adopted and share stories, support, food, and fun. It is an opportunity for your children to meet other kids who may have a similar experience. For prospective adoptive ...

"Amazing Grace": book review

Last night our family started a new tradition; we read a bedtime story together. As a teacher I get many books through Scholastic, so we have a good collection at home for Story to read as she gets older. Since my job focuses on developing reading skills in children I figure I can share this ...

Why Adopt Internationally?

“Why should I adopt internationally when there are so many children in need of a family in the United States?” As adoption professionals, this is a question that arises often in our practice. To be honest, it’s a question that I had before my eyes were opened to the international orphan crisis. There are many ...

Be Informed

The question came from my ten year-old, in my lap as usual. She put her lips to my ear, so not to disturb the other movie patrons, “Would you ever do that, Mama? Give me back?” I felt my heart plummet through the floor and I hugged her really tight, whispering back in her ear, ...

"Wo Ai Ni Mommy" Film Screening and Discussion

Indianapolis group will be presenting "Wo Ai Ni Mommy" (I love you, Mommy) July 21st at the Indianapolis Museum of Art as part of the 7th Indianapolis International Film Festival. Provocate wants to create conversations with lasting impact. Their team has selected several films to illuminate the important issues today, including racism, poverty, and ...

Adoption Hesitation

It seems to be so common when considering adoption as a way of adding to a family that one prospective parent is less sure than his or her partner. (It is not always the prospective father!) There could be many factors that can make one hesitant. It is often the same when considering procreation. We ...

Why You Should Read Tintin in The Congo

In 1931 the Belgian author Georges Remi (1907-1983) under his pseudonym "Herge" wrote Tintin in the Congo, the story of his lucky, young journalist on an adventure in the Belgian colony of Congo. This book has been receiving a lot of press recently due to the controversial nature of it’s content. At the time Tintin ...
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