He has it all, but….

He has it all, but….

“Now the child is plump and lovely, we sincerely hope that the child can have a happy family, to have parents to love him. We hope that he can have environment which is helpful for his growth, and live happily, we believe that the lovely Billy can bring you happiness and laughter.” ~Billy’s caregiver

 

I read this, then I watch his videos.  I see that his update says ‘active, busy, athletic,’ and ‘He is very close to foster grandma, very attached to her. He knows to call grandpa to eat, will give food to younger brother.’  Then, at the end of his video, I see him brush his little tooshie off after going down the slide.  And I can’t even take it anymore.  This boy is pretty much perfection.  He has it all.  Only thing he is missing is a forever family.


Billy will be six this summer, and he is available for adoption through Madison Adoption Associates.  There is a $2,000 grant available to the family who steps forward and adopts him.  Email sarah@madisonadoption.org for more information, or submit the Prospective Adoptive Parent form and an MAA representative will contact you.

Philippines Adoption 101

Philippines Adoption 101

Have you wondered about adopting from the Philippines?  Do you have questions about the programs?  We are here to introduce you to Philippines adoption!

Madison Adoption Associates earned accreditation in the Philippines in 2009 to place children with special needs, and earned accreditation in 2014 for the limited placement of healthy children.

In early 2017, Madison Adoption Associates was awarded seven healthy slots for the Philippines program!  Five lucky families are already busy working on home studies and Dossiers so we can send their paperwork to the Philippines and anticipate news of a match!  That means we still have TWO healthy slots open!  Complete the Prospective Adoptive Parent form if you are interested.

There are two main programs to consider when adopting from the Philippines – the healthy tract, and the Special Home Finding program.  In the healthy program, Madison receives a certain number of ‘slots’ to submit family applications.  Once those slots are filled, we must wait for our next allotment of slots.  We are very grateful to ICAB (Inter-Country Adoption Board) for continuing to increase our number of slots!

The Special Home Finding program is dedicated to finding adoptive families for children with special needs, be it medical, psychological, age related, or sibling groups.  We receive summaries of available children on a monthly basis.  However, in an effort to respect the privacy of their children, ICAB does not allow agencies to openly advocate for these children by posting pictures or information.  This can make advocacy challenging, however just because you cannot see the children on our website, does not mean they are not still waiting for a family!  Families interested in learning more about the children available through the Special Home Finding program should complete the Prospective Adoptive Parent form.

Once you are matched and ready to travel, we will arrange your entire trip.  Both parents are required to travel to the Philippines to take guardianship of your child(ren).  You can expect to stay in country for one to two weeks, during which time we will arrange touring and many opportunities for you to learn about your child’s beautiful culture!


If you would like to learn more about our Philippines adoption programs, please email Program Director, Amanda Felizardo, at amanda@madisonadoption.org, or visit the Philippines Adoption Program page on our website.

 

Mama to Mama – Happy Mother’s Day

Mama to Mama – Happy Mother’s Day

I don’t personally know this child.  But, I do know her foster mama.  Because I know her, I know what amazing care Hedley is getting.  More than care.  She is getting LOVE while she waits for her adoptive mama to see her.

Hedley

You see, in November of 2015, my husband and I adopted our daughter Maeleigh.  Because Maeleigh was adopted, another child had the opportunity to move into a foster home and be loved on by an amazing foster family.  Because Maeleigh was adopted, precious Hedley was able to take her place.

Foster mama’s first embrace with Maeleigh after Maeleigh left for her adoption. We visited the orphanage and both of our girls’ foster families a few days after the adoption.

I can tell you for a fact that Hedley is getting her hair done up cute every single day.

The day we visited the orphanage, one of the first things this foster mom did was fix Maeleigh’s hair.

I can guarantee you that she is playing outside, going to parks, taking walks, and being poured into by this amazing foster mama who loves her foster kids as if they were her biological children.

I can also assure you that Hedley will come to her forever family well cared for.

She will have known what it was like to bathe and have her teeth brushed.

She will have had many life experiences.

She will be as prepared as she can be for her adoption.

Hedley playing outside

Brooke with foster mama and Maeleigh at the orphanage visit

 Neither of us were Maeleigh’s biological mother, but we have both helped raise her and we both have loved her as if she was our biological child.  I will forever have a special place in my heart for this wonderful woman who loves children that were not born to her and who goes into it every single time, knowing that her heart will be broken over and over again as each child is united with their adoptive family.

She may not be their forever mama, but she will forever be in our hearts and a part of our family.

Happy Mother’s Day to YOU- the woman who fostered my daughter and who currently is fostering Hedley.  Your love taught our daughter what it meant to be loved and to love others. Thank you will never be enough.

 The world could use more people with hearts like yours.

Brooke and foster mama, who is now forever a part of the Henningfelds’ hearts and family

To my daughter’s foster mama, it is my prayer that Hedley will find a forever family.  And, while you will grieve the loss of her, please know that it will allow another angel to have the opportunity to enter your home, be loved on, and be prepared for their adoption.  By loving these children as fiercely as you do, you are giving them an amazing gift that we, their adoptive families, can never thank you enough for.  We will never forget you, and we will always love you.  Mama to mama, Happy Mother’s Day.


Hedley is a beautiful and smart 5-year-old girl who has been diagnosed with postoperative retinoblastoma.  Her eyes were missing when she came into care at the approximate age of 6 months.  Hedley is listed with Madison Adoption Associates and there is a $1,000 agency grant available to the family who adopts her.  Email sarah@madisonadoption.org, or complete the Prospective Adoptive Parent form, for more information.

Fishing and Walking the Plank

Fishing and Walking the Plank

I was woken up early this morning by the sound of my boys playing.  Loudy.  Very loudy.  I roll my eyes, plod out of bed, and whisper-yell at them to be quiet and go play in the basement so as not to wake anyone else up.  I get back in bed, where I continue to hear them playing.  Now at least they are trying their little-boy-hardest to be quiet.  But before long the whispers turn back into shouting, and the low giggles turn into loud belly laughing.  In that moment, I chose to replace my groggy annoyance with gratitude.  Regardless of the (extremely) early hour, I chose to really listen to them, instead of wishing they were quiet.  And the beauty I heard was incredible.  Tales of drama and intrigue, of pretend fishing and dragon chasing, of pirates and walking planks.  Of course, intermingled with plenty of burps and poop jokes.  And my tired body was immediately rejuvenated thanks to a full heart.

As I now sit to write and introduce you to Dalton, the boy antics continue, and I’m picturing him right there with them, fishing and walking the plank.  When I look at Dalton’s picture, I see joy in his smile, and I picture that smile laughing with siblings as he joins in the fun.  This sweet, intelligent, kind boy has been waiting far too long.  Dalton is the same age as my oldest, and has been waiting for his family for his entire life.  My prayer for him is that his family will see this – will see him – and he will wait no longer.


Dalton is 7-years-old and is available for adoption through Madison Adoption Associates.  He is diagnosed with facial angiomatosis, and a recent update stated that his special needs do not impact his daily life.  There is a $2,000 grant available to the family who steps forward for this sweet boy.  Email sarah@madisonadoption.org for more information, or submit the Prospective Adoptive Parent form.

Not Broken, Just Bent

Not Broken, Just Bent

Oh this girl’s beauty is just palpable.  Her eyes spoke to me, so I just had to click on her file and ‘get to know her.’  When I saw the pictures of her curved little body, I couldn’t believe it.  This sweet, gorgeous girl bends and curves in ways that bodies just are not supposed to.   But yet, she adapts.  She is probably too young to realize that she is physically different – a blessing for now.  But I wonder if she feels pain.  I wonder if it is difficult for her to breathe, or if she can get comfortable sleeping.  She is described as introverted and sweet, gentle and obedient, and she likes when her ayi sits near her so that she can touch her.

Gabby needs intervention.  She needs a team of specialists to provide the treatment necessary so she can flourish.  But most of all, she needs a family to be her number one cheerleader.  A family who will push her, and encourage her, and support her in all that she wants to do in life.  A family who will always say ‘you can,’ and never ‘you can’t.’


Gabby is 3 years old and is available for adoption through Madison Adoption Associates.  There is a $1,000 grant available for the family who adopts her.  Please email sarah@madisonadoption.org for more information, or fill out the Prospective Adoptive Parent form to be considered as her adoptive family.

The Voice of an Angel

The Voice of an Angel

From the first picture I saw of Viv, to this video, I just know in my heart she is going places!  I see spunk.  I see determination.  I see resilience.  And just wait until you hear her sweet voice.  She sounds like an angel.

Viv ia diagnosed with Apert syndrome.  She has had a surgery to separate her thumbs from her other fingers, and since then, there is no stopping her!  Socks, spoons, pens – you name it, she tries it (and usually succeeds).

Viv touches everyone who meets her.  From her smile, to the way she loves being praised, to sharing her food with the younger kids, her sweet spirit is palpable.


Viv just turned 3 and is available for adoption through Madison Adoption Associates.  There is a $1,000 grant available for the family who adopts her.  Email sarah@madisonadoption.org for more information, or complete the Prospective Adoptive Parent form for consideration as her family.

I missed it

I missed it

You turned 4 yesterday.  I missed it.  A few weeks ago I noticed your birthday was coming up.  I made a mental note to do a post for you on that day.  And I missed it.  I am so sorry sweet girl.  You deserve so much better.  You deserve to be doted on and celebrated on your birthday.  Maybe they celebrated at the orphanage.  I’m not sure.  Maybe your first Mother celebrated you in her heart.  Not sure about that either.  But I AM sure that your forever family will never miss it.  We just have to find them first.  I know your Mama and Baba are out there sweet Harlow!  And trust me when I say I’m all I know to do to find them.  My prayer for you is that yesterday will be your last birthday alone.


Harlow is available for adoption through Madison Adoption Associates.  There is a $1,000 grant available to the family who adopts her.  Email Sarah@madisonadoption.org for more information.

Determination

Determination

You must watch the video until the end.  Until you see her amazing smile and giggle when talking to her Ayi.  She is trying so hard to get that sock on!  She does not get frustrated, but instead sweetly asks her Ayi for help.

Her update matches that sweet giggle of hers.  Viv is kind and obedient.  She is known to share her food with the younger girls.  She follows directions and helps put things away.  Viv doesn’t like to be criticized, and will pout in the corner if she is.

There is so much potential in this angel, with her determination and sweet demeanor!  Viv would excel at lightning speed in a family!


Viv just turned 3.  She is diagnosed with Apert syndrome.  She is available for adoption through Madison Adoption Associates.  There is a $1,000 grant available for the family who adopts her.

He’s Loved

He’s Loved

We got Allen’s update today, and it is perfection!  My initial reaction to reading it was ‘Thank God.  He’s loved.’  The care and detail that went into his update, you can tell it was written from a place of great love for this child.  And the icing on the cake?  Hearing how amazing Allen is!  He may look a but different, but it clearly isn’t holding him back!  What this boy has overcome, to how he is now, is nothing short of phenomenal.

From the first question:

How is his mental ability compared to peers the same age?  He is very smart.

To the next:

Please describe his personality in details.  He is very happy and smart. He is easygoing and very extroverted.

To the added detail, very uncommon in these updates:

How is his emotional development? Is the child attached to anyone? Who is he close to? Does he care for other people?  He will be close to people who are nice to him, not a particular person. He cares for kids younger than him. He shares with other kids.

Is he well behaved and obedient? He is very obedient and well behaved. Once, he was taken to the hospital for exam. The doctor required that he could not eat or drink from morning to afternoon. In the hospital, the nanny told him the exam was for the purpose to fix his head and he needed to cooperate. The other kids were eating and he would not even look at them eating. He just stayed quietly with the caretaker for long time, not cranky at all.

He is loved.  You can read it in his update – seeing the extra care his nanny took to make sure we all knew what a good, smart, caring, loving boy he is.  While we all know he would do best in a family, the nannies filling in the gap until that happens are crucial.  His nannies are able to look past his deformities, and love him for who he is.  Now we just need to find his family who will do the same!


Allen is 2 1/2 years old and is available for adoption through Madison Adoption Associates.  There is a $2,000 grant available for the family who adopts him.  Email sarah@madisonadoption.org for more information.

Kendra

Kendra

Kendra is a feisty 4-year-old.  She is a sweet girl, who enjoys helping the nannies soothe crying babies.  She has a soft spot for her favorite nanny, and is known to crawl onto her lap for snuggles.  Kendra is described as quiet and cute, and loves to imitate adults.

Kendra has been waiting for her family to step forward for years!  Could it be you?  

 


Kendra is 4 1/2 and is available for adoption through Madison Adoption Associates.  She is diagnosed with post-operative hydrocephalus.  There is a $1,000 grant available for the family who adopts Kendra.  Please email sarah@madisonadoption.org for more information.