I spent last weekend at a First Robotics Competition cheering on my sixteen year old son’s robotics team. Nick is a member of the drive team which means he gets to go out on the competition field and assist in maneuvering the robot. When his team was introduced to the large, cheering crowd, Nick’s face lit up with the biggest smile. His father and I are both mentors to the team and the road to that moment in time represented a lot of work and stress for our family. But, that smile (and the knowledge and experience he gained from being on the team) was so worth our efforts! Isn’t that what parents do for their children – advocate, push, prod, pave the way?
This is the reason I cheer whenever I receive a team email announcing another child has arrived home to a forever family. I know that now there is one more child who will benefit from the advocacy of loving parents and growing up in a permanent home. Unfortunately, for too many children, this will never become a reality. Older boys, especially, have a lesser chance of being selected for an international adoption.
For families considering adding a child to their family, MLJ Adoptions offers the opportunity to experience on a limited basis what it would be like to bring an older child into your family. Through our Ukraine Winter Hosting Program, we will be bringing eleven children (including five boys between the ages of seven and nine) from Ukraine to Indianapolis for three weeks.
The deadline for families to apply is November 30th. The dates for hosting are from December 27, 2016 through January 12, 2017.
We are seeking host families for these children. When families are able to actually meet the children, many times the fear of adopting an older child dissipates, and families realize adoption is the way forward.
Below is a brief description of the boys that will be coming to Indianapolis this winter:
Misha (left) is ten-years-old year. His caretakers say is extremely studious and enjoys learning.
Sasha (right) is eight years old. His favorite subject in school is math and out of all the sports soccer is his absolute favorite.
Too many children, boys in particular, will spend years or even their whole childhoods in institutional care. Every child needs and deserves a loving, permanent home filled with unconditional love and the support of a parent. To see if adopting an older boy could be right for your family, consider hosting one of the boys listed above this winter.
For more information about hosting Misha and Sasha this winter contact MLJ Adoptions today!
MLJ Adoptions is a Hague Accredited International Adoption Agency based in Indianapolis, Indiana. We provide ethical, compassionate and attentive adoption services to loving and committed families from across the United States and around the world.
We’ve successfully placed over two hundred and fifty children through our international adoption programs in Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Samoa and Ukraine. MLJ Adoptions believes that every child deserves a loving and permanent family including older children and children with special needs. We also facilitate an Orphan Hosting Program from Ukraine each winter and summer for several weeks.
Our Special Needs Program connects these children with loving adoptive families willing to meet the needs of these special children. We focus on preparing parents by providing education and direct support to ensure that children are placed with families who are equipped and empowered to parent their child successfully. We continue to provide services after placement to ensure that our families are encouraged and supported before, during and after placement.