FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Amber Burton Small
11450 N. Meridian
Carmel, IN 46032
JOCHAM HARDEN DIMICK JACKSON, PC (JHDJ LAW) is partnering with MLJ Adoptions, to celebrate the opening of their new adoption program in Haiti. The media and public are invited to this special event:
Wednesday, June 16th 5-8pm
8910 Purdue Road
One College Park, Ste 480
Indianapolis, IN 46268
Due to the overwhelming outpouring of compassion after the devastating earthquake, and the changes in the adoption process, JHDJ Law realized there was an immediate need to create a program that would be simplified for families interested in adopting from Haiti. After a recent trip to Haiti to visit several orphanages, MLJ Program Director, Lydia Tarr, and JHDJ partner Michele Jackson are ready to start finding families for all the beautiful children they met on their journey. JHDJ Law has completed several successful independent adoptions previously from Haiti.
Join us for a come-and-go open house. Light refreshments will be provided. Hear stories and see pictures and video from the recent trip to Haiti. Meet the staff of JHDJ Law, including Michele Jackson and Director of Business Development, Amber Burton Small, as well as MLJ Adoptions Program Director, Lydia Tarr, and Director of Adoption Preparation, Brooke Randolph, LMHC, who can answer questions about the home study process, trauma in children, and attachment concerns. There will also be a t-shirt giveaway during the open house.
The group will also share what was learned regarding the recent changes to the adoption process in Haiti following the earthquakes, and provide information on how to start the adoption process. Children of all ages are available for adoption from Haiti. A referral of a newborn is possible; however, the child will be 12-18 months old by the time he or she arrives home. One parent must be at least 35 years old to adopt from Haiti. Couples married ten years or longer are eligible to adopt from Haiti. Single women without any other children may also adopt; however, they only must be at least 30 years old. Haiti also requires a statement of Christian faith and a letter of reference from a pastor before you will be approved to adopt from Haiti.
Further, a donor grant from The Fatherless Foundation is available for the first five clients to start the Haitian adoption program. In addition, the Fatherless Foundation is discussing the possibility of a service trip to Haiti in the next year that would be open to all. http://www.thefatherlessfoundation.org/