Monthly archives for November, 2014

21 Awesome!

21 Awesome!
There are currently 21 AWESOME kids on Madison Adoption Associate’s list waiting for their families to see them, waiting to be chosen. These kids shine!,  They are each special in their own way.,  We’re hoping that this November, Adoption Awareness Month, will be the month they find their forever families.,  Please share this post- you never know if one of these kid’s families will be on your friends… list!
You can find more information about each of these children here: http://madisonadoption.com/WaitingList.aspx

Grant!

Grant!

Madison Adoption Associates has received a grant from The Jennings Adoption and Rescue Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation.,  This grant is helping three families bring home their children!

 

Check it out! https://www.philafound.org/Nonprofits/Overview.aspx

Advocacy: Leona

Advocacy: Leona

Photo: Look at lovely 11.5 year old, Leona! It seems unbelievable to think that she came into care as an infant and is still waiting for a family. Leona is listed with Madison Adoption Associates and is diagnosed as having tested positive for syphilis as an infant. From an update received this month: She is in grade four now and her academic performance is fair. She can finish homework in time. She likes playing with friends at school. She likes badminton and running. She likes snacks. Her mental and language development are normal. Leona is doing very well, and syphilis didn't exert any impact on her development. She received medical treatment soon after she was accepted by the orphanage. Now she is living in the orphanage and goes to school every day. She receives regular education at a normal school. 

Videos: http://vimeo.com/111466722 
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Password: Adoptmaa

Updated measurements: Height: 140cm
Weight: 30.5kg
Head Circumference: 52cm
Chest Circumference: 65cm
Foot Length: 22cm

Leona is optimistic and active. She likes to smile at people, enjoys group activities, and likes playing badminton and jump rope with her friends. From someone who knew her: She is a girly girl who loves to dance and have her hair done with pretties. She does pretty well in school. She likes to play games with her friends and watch cartoons on TV.

Here are some great resources for this condition:
http://www.adoptspecialneeds.org/speci,,‚¦/infectious-diseases/
http://www.merckmanuals.com/,,‚¦/infe,,‚¦/congenital_syphilis.html
http://www.nohandsbutours.com/types/infectious-disease/
http://www.lwbcommunity.org/wisdom-wednesday-what-is-congen,,‚¦
http://www.journeytolaurenmei.blogspot.com/
http://www.nohandsbutours.com/,,‚¦/special-need-highlight-ado,,‚¦/

*For more information on Leona, please fill out a free PAP Waiting Child Review Form, which can be found here: https://madison.mysamdb.com/SAM/Fm/Fm_Ap_Form_Edt.aspx

This amazing child is in need of a family. , She is in grade four now and her academic performance is fair. She can finish homework in time. She likes playing with friends at school. She likes badminton and running. She likes snacks. Her mental and language development are normal. Leona is doing very well. She received medical treatment soon after she was accepted by the orphanage. Now she is living in the orphanage and goes to school every day. She receives regular education at a normal school. For more information on Leona and her special needs please contact Madison.

For more information on Leona, please fill out a free PAP Waiting Child Review Form, which can be found here: https://madison.mysamdb.com/SAM/Fm/Fm_Ap_Form_Edt.aspx

a home. She is 11.5 years of age.

 

Safe Arrival!

Safe Arrival!

Our faithful leader (Go, Diana!!) arrived safely in Harbin, China last night. She is there meeting children that will participate in this upcoming hosting program. So far she is having a wonderful trip and meeting some amazing kids.,  Its also her birthday today! Happy Birthday to a woman who dedicates her life to help orphans find loving homes!!

Photo: Harbin at night. Diana reports that it was a good day meeting wonderful kids for the next hosting program!!

(Harbin at night)

Free Training from Heart of the Matter

Free Training from Heart of the Matter

Heart of the Matter offers fantastic training for adoptive families that is a resource offering solid information both before and after adoption. Heart of the Matter is training that MAA homestudy worker’s most often recommend and we think highly of it.

During this month, (National Adoption Month!) Heart of the Matter is offering several free trainings!

Here is the first one!

A Different Kind of Discipline:

Are you ready to get away from power struggles, Time Outs, nagging, scolding, threatening and constant consequencing?

Are you a relatively new parent trying to figure out a discipline plan that works for your family?

Would you like to learn more about how to discipline without hurting or shaming your child?

Do you want ideas on discipline that make sense given what we know about brain development and a child’s overall development?

Ready to think about what works?

A Different Kind of Discipline, explores how parents can provide firm, fair and loving discipline in a way that is compatible with the science of child development. , The course guides parents through key principles related to discipline and also provides concrete tools that parents can put to work in their own homes.

This course will give one credit hour of training for participants with a certificate to print out at the end of the course. It is usually $35.00 per person but there is a coupon code available to make the course FREE for a short time!

Go to: https://www.heartofthemattereducation.com/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&view=productdetails&virtuemart_product_id=22&virtuemart_category_id=5

 

And enter the coupon code: ADKD2014

Advocacy: Logan

Advocacy: Logan

2 year old Logan is waiting for a family in China. He is listed with Madison Adoption Associates via an orphanage partnership.,  Logan is diagnosed with alpha thalassemia but his file notes that he receives regular transfusions, which is not typical of kids with alpha thalassemia. Madison asked for clarification from the orphanage because of his file mentioning weekly transfusions. He does have a gene test in his file noting alpha thalassemia.,  Alpha thalassemia patients are typically not transfused, but there are many variations.,  The orphanage did say that he receives monthly transfusions (not weekly) so there must have been a translation error., ,  A family will need to be open to the fact that he very well may need monthly transfusions.,  But, he may just need to have his spleen removed and end up not needing transfusions ever or only when he is ill.,  Someone may need to take a bit of a leap of faith, but it will certainly be worth it!

Here are some great resources for thalassemia: www.choosingthalassemia.blogspot.com, ,  http://specialneedsadoption.rainbowkids.com/Thalassemia.aspx

Logan lives with a foster family. Now he can speak some words, such as ,,¦…œbaba, mama, apo, gege.”,  He can understand facial expressions.,  He is cute at home if mom is at home and busy with housework. He does not tell mom if desiring to eat, because he is afraid of being criticized. But he will show the kindness if dad comes home after work, will help pick the cup to drink water. Then he will ask dad to find the snack for him. He is smart and cute. He likes playing with kids, but will sometimes take toys away from the other kids. He likes interacting with visitors who come to his home.,  He can,  speak ,,¦…œyiyi,aa,,‚ to the visitors, and also can say ,,¦…œgoodbye,,‚ if they leave. He likes playing with toy blocks. He has a good appetite and is not a choosy eater.,  Fruit is his favorite food.,  If the foster mom picks fruit, he will move the stool for her and also catch the trash can. Sometimes he is naughty and he always find the snacks. Logan enjoys baths and his favorite thing to do is to play outdoors with his foster parents and foster brother.

For more information on Logan, please fill out a free PAP Waiting Child Review Form, which can be found here: https://madison.mysamdb.com/SAM/Fm/Fm_Ap_Form_Edt.aspx

We also have many families that have adopted children with Thalassemia and they are willing to talk with serious prospective parents about this special need in depth.