Monthly archives for December, 2014

Sibling Bonding

Sibling Bonding

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I asked this question on the MAA facebook page and received a few responses.,  “How do you encourage sibling bonding?”:

* Don’t force it.

*It happens on its own. You will be surprised on how fast.

*We have found that if most of the work is done BEFORE the new addition ever arrives, then it is a much easier transition into bonding. Talking openly about the life circumstances your child is coming from (as appropriate) that could lead to behaviors the other kids aren’t used to is huge. I prepared my kids to be bitten, kicked, yelled at, have their things taken (our son was 9 and from a different country)…when he ended up being quiet and gentle, we were all pleasantly surprised, but prepared for the occasional meltdown that has happened since. My children also prayed with us daily for him and we had pictures of him that they could view during the whole 2+ year process. We kept them informed of the latest developments in the case and shared updated pictures and videos. Once home, they PLAYED, PLAYED, PLAYED! Minimal electronics. They showed him where things were and routines as much as we did. We have a large family – he is child #6. He just sort of “fell right in with the pack!” Our ages range from 8-14 (2 bio, 4 adopted)

*When my parents adopted my sister, a huge part of getting used to her arrival was becoming familiar with the culture and country she was coming from — learning introductory Russian, learning what the orphanage would be like, and talking with other adoptive families. It ended up being a lot less difficult to get used to the idea of her as my sister than I think most people would expect.

*…My youngest sister, oh my that was the longest wait ever!!! She wouldn’t let me near her, my mom, nor step dad. I went over to the house a lot, tried playing etc and wouldn’t have it. I was about . A month to a month and a half and she gave me a hug while at lunch with my mom and that was it….she was all over me.

I have four children and two of my incredible little circus came to me through adoption. Sibling bonding, more so encouraging my children to respect, love, enjoy, and nurture one another is a priority in my home.,  Like some of the responses above, I too agree that it can not be forced and often does not happen overnight.

The moment we introduced two year old LingLing to her two year old brother Finn there were tears. He was so excited to meet her and he reached out for her to offer a hug and a gift. I remember being jet lagged from China and overwhelmed with joy to finally be united again with my children that stayed home.,  He reached for her with such love in his eyes and she…..SCREAMED.,  And then he… SCREAMED.,  There I sat with my newly adopted, daughter, (screaming) and my son (screaming) and I did not know which way to go or who to comfort first or how to help. So, I cried for a moment and then pulled it together calling on backup to help embrace (Aka: Daddy) to help.,  Hugs and kisses were given. LingLing was soothed. We did our best to explain her feelings to Finn and help him not take her “rejection” personally.

LingLing and Finn are the best of buddies now.,  They are one anothers confidant, playmate, giggle partners, snugglebug, noisemakers, trouble buddy….the list goes on and so does the LOVE.

Yes, it takes time because bonding takes time. In fact, bonding is TIME.,  Bonding happens day after day as we intertwine our lives together. This happens for siblings in the everyday routine of your home and family life.

Here are a few thoughts I had on encouraging bonding between siblings~

*Put down the iPhone and play a game with your children. Your presence in the game will teach them how to interact.

*Smile. Smile. Smile. The home environment that you create will encourage (or discourage) bonding. A home with parents that smile at the children will help to grow children that smile at one another.

*Remind each family members how important they are to the working of the family. I told my son today as I handed him the baby, “I am so thankful you are a loving big brother. I can see how much the baby trusts you.” …..he beamed and you better believe he loved all over his baby brother after that.

*If you fill the cup of each child they will better be able to fill up one another.

*Always allow your children to speak to you about their needs, concerns, and frustrations however, do not allow siblings to speak nasty to one another. Speaking respectfully (or trying!) helps to promote that every person is of value.

*Take their pictures together, a lot.

*Listen close and start using fun nicknames that they come up with for one another.

*Pray together.

*Reinforce the unity of the family….”We are the Smiths”….”Come here Jones’ kids”….etc..

*Laugh together. Laughter supports bonding.

*Show your children how to help, serve,,  and support one another.

And remember that bonding will happen. Strangers will become siblings who can become the best of friends! In our home we are not perfect. The kids spat,,  break each others legos, and can have sharp tongues in the heat of a moment. But, we teach daily through our WORDS and ACTIONS that we are all gifts to one another. Yes, yes we will clash (probably dialy), but we strive towards cherishing.

 

Advocacy: Leona

Advocacy: Leona
Gorgeous 11.5 year old Leona is still waiting for her family to find her and she is listed with Madison!,  She was treated as an infant for syphilis and is now considered healthy. From a November 2014 update: Leona is in grade four now and h…er 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.

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.
It seems unbelievable to think that she came into care as an infant and is still waiting for a family. From someone who knew her: She is a girly girl who loves to dance and have her hair done with pretties. She was in the third grade in China and does pretty well in school. She likes to play games with her friends and watch cartoons on TV.

On April 8th, 2003, she had a blood test that showed she had syphilis. She was immediately treated with an intravenous drip infusion of Penicillin for 2 courses of treatment. Her counter-check result was not better when she stopped her medicine treatment for 3 months, so she was sent to another hospital for treatment, which included intramuscular of Penzaethinum G, once every month, for 5 courses of treatments. The counter-check result was a weak positive. She was then taken for intramuscular of Penzaethinum G every few days and the counter-check result was a weak positive.
*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
Photo: Gorgeous 11.5 year old Leona is still waiting for her family to find her and she is listed with Madison!  She was treated as an infant for syphilis and is now considered healthy. From a November 2014 update: Leona 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 
http://vimeo.com/111466725
http://vimeo.com/111466724
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.

It seems unbelievable to think that she came into care as an infant and is still waiting for a family. From someone who knew her: She is a girly girl who loves to dance and have her hair done with pretties. She was in the third grade in China and does pretty well in school. She likes to play games with her friends and watch cartoons on TV.

On April 8th, 2003, she had a blood test that showed she had syphilis. She was immediately treated with an intravenous drip infusion of Penicillin for 2 courses of treatment. Her counter-check result was not better when she stopped her medicine treatment for 3 months, so she was sent to another hospital for treatment, which included intramuscular of Penzaethinum G, once every month, for 5 courses of treatments. The counter-check result was a weak positive. She was then taken for intramuscular of Penzaethinum G every few days and the counter-check result was a weak positive.

Here are some great resources for this condition:
http://www.adoptspecialneeds.org/special-needs/infectious-diseases/
http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/pediatrics/infections_in_neonates/congenital_syphilis.html
http://www.nohandsbutours.com/types/infectious-disease/
http://www.lwbcommunity.org/wisdom-wednesday-what-is-congenital-syphilis
http://www.journeytolaurenmei.blogspot.com/
http://www.nohandsbutours.com/2014/08/28/special-need-highlight-adopting-a-child-with-congenital-syphilis/

*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

Advocacy: Luke

Advocacy: Luke
Diana and Michelle got to meet handsome 6.5 year old Luke last week.,  Luke is listed with Madison via a newer orphanage partnership that works with Love Without Boundaries. Luke is diagnosed with 1. right indirect hernia 2. CHD-TOF; Ventric…ular both-way shunt.,  Luke is introverted and he enjoys listening to music and playing with toys. He is quick-minded and can be obstinate at times. Luke is now studying in the kindergarten outside of the orphanage, thanks to Love Without Boundaries. He rides the bus to school. At noon he has lunch and a nap at school. In the afternoon, he goes back to the institute. Every day, Luke is happy to go to school! When he gets back to the institute, the caretakers prepare milk and eggs for the kids and they are very happy. Luke’s favorite things to do are looking at picture books and doing puzzles.
Luke’s Measurements from March 2014: Height: 103cm Weight: 16kg Head Size: 49cm Chest Size: 49cm Teeth: 23
Could you be Luke’s forever family?
For more information on Luke or to review his file, please fill out a free PAP Waiting Child Review Form, which can be found here:http://madisonadoption.com/docs/Prospective%20Adoptive%20Parents%20-%20WC%20Form.pdf
Photo: Diana and Michelle got to meet handsome 6.5 year old Luke last week.  Luke is listed with Madison via a newer orphanage partnership that works with Love Without Boundaries. Luke is diagnosed with 1. right indirect hernia 2. CHD-TOF; Ventricular both-way shunt.  Luke is introverted and he enjoys listening to music and playing with toys. He is quick-minded and can be obstinate at times. Luke is now studying in the kindergarten outside of the orphanage, thanks to Love Without Boundaries. He rides the bus to school. At noon he has lunch and a nap at school. In the afternoon, he goes back to the institute. Every day, Luke is happy to go to school! When he gets back to the institute, the caretakers prepare milk and eggs for the kids and they are very happy. Luke's favorite things to do are looking at picture books and doing puzzles. 

Luke's Measurements from March 2014: Height: 103cm Weight: 16kg Head Size: 49cm Chest Size: 49cm Teeth: 23

Could you be Luke's forever family?

For more information on Luke or to review his file, please fill out a free PAP Waiting Child Review Form, which can be found here:http://madisonadoption.com/docs/Prospective%20Adoptive%20Parents%20-%20WC%20Form.pdf
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Advocacy: Chase

Advocacy: Chase
Recently turned 3 year old Chase is listed with Madison Adoption Associates. He is from an orphanage partnership and is listed as having psychomotor delays. Orphanage staff have questioned if he may have autism, though he has not been diagn…osed.,  From his original file: Chase is very mobile and has good movement. He has received daily therapy over the past year to help with his motor skills and is learning to crawl and walk. It takes him some time to learn these skills. While he does not learn quickly, he does try. He is not potty trained yet, but when they put him on the toilet, he will go. He lives in the orphanage and he seems to be a very happy boy. He does not seem to be slowed down by his special need. In April 2014 the orphanage staff said: Chase is not talking yet. He is a little lazy. He can walk, but does not like walking.

A traveling family met Chase in June of 2014., ,  The family was told: He can recognize strangers, play with toys, walk etc, but he seems to live in his world and doesn’t play with other kids.,  The family said that he loved to snuggle, cuddle, and be hugged.
*If there is a family looking for a young boy and open to the possibility that he may have autism, Chase would be a perfect son!,  He is unbelievably beautiful and has the most amazing eyes!
Chase has an account on Reece’s Rainbow here: http://reecesrainbow.org/77035/chase
For more information or to review his file, please fill out a free PAP- waiting child review form, which can be found here:http://madisonadoption.com/docs/Prospective%20Adoptive%20Parents%20-%20WC%20Form.pdf See More

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Advocacy: Jonah

Advocacy: Jonah
Our wonderful Jonah will be turning 7 in less than a week.,  We have decided to change his $2,000 special focus child grant to a $5,000 Bright Futures grant hoping someone will see their son in this treasure of a boy!,  Agency fees will be $1…,500 for a family who uses Madison to bring him home.,  We sure are hoping Jonah will be HOME with a forever family for his 8th birthday. ,  Do share!
You can review Jonah’s file here: http://madisonadoption.com/WaitingList.aspx
For more information on Jonah or if you are interested in adopting Jonah, 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 See More
Photo: Our wonderful Jonah will be turning 7 in less than a week.  We have decided to change his $2,000 special focus child grant to a $5,000 Bright Futures grant hoping someone will see their son in this treasure of a boy!  Agency fees will be $1,500 for a family who uses Madison to bring him home.  We sure are hoping Jonah will be HOME with a forever family for his 8th birthday. <3  Do share!

You can review Jonah's file here: http://madisonadoption.com/WaitingList.aspx

For more information on Jonah or if you are interested in adopting Jonah, 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
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Advocacy: Gary and Marty!

Advocacy: Gary and Marty!
13 year old Marty and 11.5 year old Gary are foster brothers who are VERY close!, ,  They wish to be adopted together and the orphanage hopes they will be as well.,  BOTH boys now have their orphanage donation waived!!!!, , ,  Madison has a partn…ership with their orphanage and just visited in November.,  After our staff finished interviewing the boys, Marty said, ,,¦…œThis is the third time you have come here to meet with us,,‚¦,  Why don,,…¾‚t we have a family yet?,,‚,  Oh my heart…no child should even have to ask that.,  Can you imagine?,  Please share this post- these boys NEED to find their forever family and it needs to be quick too since Marty doesn’t have a lot of time!
Marty is a 13 year old boy (ages out next November) who dreams about becoming a teacher. He is diagnosed with mild hydrocephalus. He perseveres in school as he is a leader in his class. His favorite classes are drawing and singing. He,,…¾‚s quite an extroverted young man and is friendly, playful, helpful, and kind.,  And my favorite…he smiles A LOT!, ,  His mental acuity is normal and he is equal to his peers.,  MARTY HAS NO ORPHANAGE DONATION and he has a $3,000 AGENCY GRANT with Madison Adoption Associates. Agency fees for his adoption will be $3,500.
Gary is an 11.5 year old boy who is diagnosed with droopy eyes, which is also known as ptosis.,  This is a very minor need and can often be corrected., ,  He too dreams about becoming a teacher one day! His favorite food is an apple.,  He loves movies and his favorite animal is the monkey. He has an extroverted and playful spirit. He is kind, friendly, a follower, and also smiles a lot! His mental acuity is normal and equal to his peers and he was found to be very polite. GARY HAS NO ORPHANAGE DONATION and he has a $3,000 AGENCY GRANT with Madison Adoption Associates. Agency fees for his adoption will be $3,500.
These pictures are from November, but there are even more pictures available., ,  For more information on these boys or if you are considering adopting them, 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 See More
Photo: 13 year old Marty and 11.5 year old Gary are foster brothers who are VERY close!   They wish to be adopted together and the orphanage hopes they will be as well.  BOTH boys now have their orphanage donation waived!!!!    Madison has a partnership with their orphanage and just visited in November.  After our staff finished interviewing the boys, Marty said, ,,¦…œThis is the third time you have come here to meet with us,,‚¦  Why don,,…¾‚t we have a family yet?,,‚  Oh my heart...no child should even have to ask that.  Can you imagine?  Please share this post- these boys NEED to find their forever family and it needs to be quick too since Marty doesn't have a lot of time!

Marty is a 13 year old boy (ages out next November) who dreams about becoming a teacher. He is diagnosed with mild hydrocephalus. He perseveres in school as he is a leader in his class. His favorite classes are drawing and singing. He,,…¾‚s quite an extroverted young man and is friendly, playful, helpful, and kind.  And my favorite...he smiles A LOT!   His mental acuity is normal and he is equal to his peers.  MARTY HAS NO ORPHANAGE DONATION and he has a $3,000 AGENCY GRANT with Madison Adoption Associates. Agency fees for his adoption will be $3,500.  

Gary is an 11.5 year old boy who is diagnosed with droopy eyes, which is also known as ptosis.  This is a very minor need and can often be corrected.   He too dreams about becoming a teacher one day! His favorite food is an apple.  He loves movies and his favorite animal is the monkey. He has an extroverted and playful spirit. He is kind, friendly, a follower, and also smiles a lot! His mental acuity is normal and equal to his peers and he was found to be very polite. GARY HAS NO ORPHANAGE DONATION and he has a $3,000 AGENCY GRANT with Madison Adoption Associates. Agency fees for his adoption will be $3,500.   

These pictures are from November, but there are even more pictures available.   For more information on these boys or if you are considering adopting them, 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

Advocacy: Craig

Advocacy: Craig
Precious little Craig is 26 months old.,  His file was recently prepared and he is waiting for a family in China. He is a LID file, so his family will need to have their dossier logged in or be very close to it!,  At 20 months of age, Craig w…as given a neuro-psychological development inventory test.,  This test suggested that he receive some early intervention and is what gave him the diagnosis of delayed neuro-psychological development.,  Craig is active, outgoing, clever and cute. He can get along well with other children. He likes playing with toys and playing interaction games with acquaintances.,  He is fine with people who are familiar to him, but scared of strangers initially.

Craig was abandoned as a newborn.,  At the age of 1 year and 6 months, after receiving some rehabilitation, Craig could go from sitting alone to the standing position and he could walk without help. He could also go upstairs or up a slope with support.,  At that time, he was speaking simple words. At the age of 1 year and 8 months, he was sent to live with a foster family.,  His self-awareness gradually increased and he was willing to hold his spoon and he tries new methods to play with toys.,  At that time he could imitate adults to do some simple things.,  He could push or drag toys when he was walking, sit on the rocking wooden horse or rocking chair, and could speak some simple words, but his intelligence and motor development was still slightly delayed compared to other children his age.,  His home orphanage reports that he is an adorable child and they hope that he will have a happy and wonderful home soon.
Craig is listed with Madison Adoption Associates via an orphanage partnership.,  His file is not transferable at this time.,  If you are interested in learning more about Craig or transferring your dossier to Madison to adopt Craig, please fill out a free PAP Waiting Child review form, which can be found here:

Photo: Precious little Craig is 26 months old.  His file was recently prepared and he is waiting for a family in China. He is a LID file, so his family will need to have their dossier logged in or be very close to it!  At 20 months of age, Craig was given a neuro-psychological development inventory test.  This test suggested that he receive some early intervention and is what gave him the diagnosis of delayed neuro-psychological development.  Craig is active, outgoing, clever and cute. He can get along well with other children. He likes playing with toys and playing interaction games with acquaintances.  He is fine with people who are familiar to him, but scared of strangers initially. 

Craig has two short videos here:
http://vimeo.com/110807542
http://vimeo.com/110807543
Password: Adoptmaa

Craig was abandoned as a newborn.  At the age of 1 year and 6 months, after receiving some rehabilitation, Craig could go from sitting alone to the standing position and he could walk without help. He could also go upstairs or up a slope with support.  At that time, he was speaking simple words. At the age of 1 year and 8 months, he was sent to live with a foster family.  His self-awareness gradually increased and he was willing to hold his spoon and he tries new methods to play with toys.  At that time he could imitate adults to do some simple things.  He could push or drag toys when he was walking, sit on the rocking wooden horse or rocking chair, and could speak some simple words, but his intelligence and motor development was still slightly delayed compared to other children his age.  His home orphanage reports that he is an adorable child and they hope that he will have a happy and wonderful home soon.

Craig is listed with Madison Adoption Associates via an orphanage partnership.  His file is not transferable at this time.  If you are interested in learning more about Craig or transferring your dossier to Madison to adopt Craig, 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

Special Focus Children and a Special Announcement!

Special Focus Children and a Special Announcement!

We are so pleased to announce that the fee of $4000 for Special Focus children now has a grant applied to ALL children on the MAA Special Focus list making the agency fee $2500 for their adoption!

This grant can assist in encouraging families to adopt these amazing children and helps shoulder some of the cost of the process.

We are so excited about this!!!

Advocacy: Moses

Advocacy: Moses

2.5 year old musical Moses is new to Madison Adoption Associate’s list!,  He is waiting for a family in China and is diagnosed as having 1. Post-op Congenital Heart Disease- VSD, PFO, mild tricuspid regurgitation, PH; 2. Down Syndrome., ,  He …has a $4,000 agency grant!,  The agency fee portion of his adoption expenses will be $2,500., ,  From his August 2014 file:,  Moses can now sit alone, walk independently for a few steps, and can clap his hands. He is active and he sometimes will make sounds by clapping his mouth to draw people,,…¾‚s attention. He likes to sit in his walker and to walk by holding onto the chair. He is afraid of plush toys and dolls.,  He does not like deep colored things and he will not touch them.,  He does not like to eat chocolate cake, but he does like chewy snacks like crackers and he also likes to eat apples.,  Moses likes to ride the rocking horse the best. When he is tired of rocking, he will look at you and if you rock the horse for him, he will laugh happily.,  He has a strong imitating ability.,  All he needs now is for his family to see him and bring him home!

To review Moses’ file, go here: http://madisonadoption.com/WaitingList.aspx
For more information or if you are interested in adopting Moses, 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

Photo: 2.5 year old musical Moses is new to Madison Adoption Associate's list!  He is waiting for a family in China and is diagnosed as having 1. Post-op Congenital Heart Disease- VSD, PFO, mild tricuspid regurgitation, PH; 2. Down Syndrome.   He has a $4,000 agency grant!  The agency fee portion of his adoption expenses will be $2,500.   From his August 2014 file:  Moses can now sit alone, walk independently for a few steps, and can clap his hands. He is active and he sometimes will make sounds by clapping his mouth to draw people,,…¾‚s attention. He likes to sit in his walker and to walk by holding onto the chair. He is afraid of plush toys and dolls.  He does not like deep colored things and he will not touch them.  He does not like to eat chocolate cake, but he does like chewy snacks like crackers and he also likes to eat apples.  Moses likes to ride the rocking horse the best. When he is tired of rocking, he will look at you and if you rock the horse for him, he will laugh happily.  He has a strong imitating ability.  All he needs now is for his family to see him and bring him home!

VIDEO:  http://vimeo.com/113527344
Password: Adoptmaa

To review Moses' file, go here: http://madisonadoption.com/WaitingList.aspx

For more information or if you are interested in adopting Moses, 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
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Advocacy: Robbie

Advocacy: Robbie
5.5 year old Robbie is currently living in a foster family in China, but is in need of a forever family!,  Robbie is diagnosed with down syndrome and is listed with Madison Adoption Associates.,  He has a $4,000 AGENCY GRANT making the ‘agenc…y fee’ portion of his adoption expenses $2,500.,  Robbie likes to eat meat.,  If he doesn’t go to school, his foster mom takes him out to eat breakfast, where he will eat noodles and steamed stuffed buns.,  His file reports that he does go to a kindergarten- likely in the orphanage., ,  If the weather is nice, he plays in the yard.,  For lunch, he likes to eat rice, steamed eggs, meat soup, and vegetables.,  He takes a two hour nap each day.,  After he wakes up, he watches cartoons or will play with other children in the yard.,  He then eats dinner and some fruit after that.,  He has deep sleep.,  His foster mom watches his facial expressions to determine if he needs to use the bathroom.,  She then asks him if he needs to go.,  If he says yes, she will take him to the toilet.,  He can take his pants off by himself, but needs help putting his pants back on.,  Now that he goes to school, his language is better than before.,  He has good imitating ability.,  Every morning he sings children’s songs he learned at kindergarten.,  He can put on and take off clothes with help, can go up and down stairs by himself; and he can eat without help (though he eats slowly since he can easily spill).,  He likes to smile at acquaintances.,  Sometimes he will call mama or nana and then continue to do his things.,  if you ask him to share his food, he will feed you and smile at you.,  Neighbors always say he is a quiet boy who has a ready smile. During summer vacation, his foster mom often takes him outside to let him experience more fresh things and to see and learn new things.
Wouldn’t it be nice if Robbie was home next Christmas celebrating with a forever family of his very own?
To review Robbie’s file, go here: http://madisonadoption.com/WaitingList.aspx
For more information on Robbie or if you are considering adopting Robbie, 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
Photo: 5.5 year old Robbie is currently living in a foster family in China, but is in need of a forever family!  Robbie is diagnosed with down syndrome and is listed with Madison Adoption Associates.  He has a $4,000 AGENCY GRANT making the 'agency fee' portion of his adoption expenses $2,500.  Robbie likes to eat meat.  If he doesn't go to school, his foster mom takes him out to eat breakfast, where he will eat noodles and steamed stuffed buns.  His file reports that he does go to a kindergarten- likely in the orphanage.   If the weather is nice, he plays in the yard.  For lunch, he likes to eat rice, steamed eggs, meat soup, and vegetables.  He takes a two hour nap each day.  After he wakes up, he watches cartoons or will play with other children in the yard.  He then eats dinner and some fruit after that.  He has deep sleep.  His foster mom watches his facial expressions to determine if he needs to use the bathroom.  She then asks him if he needs to go.  If he says yes, she will take him to the toilet.  He can take his pants off by himself, but needs help putting his pants back on.  Now that he goes to school, his language is better than before.  He has good imitating ability.  Every morning he sings children's songs he learned at kindergarten.  He can put on and take off clothes with help, can go up and down stairs by himself; and he can eat without help (though he eats slowly since he can easily spill).  He likes to smile at acquaintances.  Sometimes he will call mama or nana and then continue to do his things.  if you ask him to share his food, he will feed you and smile at you.  Neighbors always say he is a quiet boy who has a ready smile. During summer vacation, his foster mom often takes him outside to let him experience more fresh things and to see and learn new things.  

Wouldn't it be nice if Robbie was home next Christmas celebrating with a forever family of his very own?

To review Robbie's file, go here: http://madisonadoption.com/WaitingList.aspx

For more information on Robbie or if you are considering adopting Robbie, 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
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