Monthly archives for April, 2015

Advocacy: Linus

Advocacy: Linus

Seven year old Linus is such a cute little guy!,  Linus is newly listed with Madison Adoption Associates.,  Besides a deformed middle finger on his left hand, he is a healthy little boy!,  Diana met Linus on March 25, 2015. She said: “Linus is a VERY SWEET, kind, calm, and easy-going boy. He has good friends and the orphanage staff love him. He hangs out in their office with them often after school. He has a deformed middle finger. It looks like it may have been broken and didn’…t heal correctly. Basically it is a non-issue. I am told Linus is a healthy, smart boy. However, he does not like school mainly because he says he is bullied at school for being an orphan. He was brought into the orphanage in May 2014. He was very sad at first, but they say he is ok now. He has never talked about his abandonment or birth family.,  He was never educated prior to coming into the orphanage. My opinion is that he will need a very patient family who home schools so he can catch up, or a family who lives near a school district with a lot of educational supports. This child is so incredibly sweet and I think he will do really well in a family!”

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There is a $2,000 grant for Linus’ adoption with Madison Adoption Associates. If a family signs on with MAA and moves forward for Linus in April, there would be another $1,500 in agency fee reductions for Linus’ adoption. Other grants may be available based on the adoptive family circumstances. Grants are awarded as agency fee reductions.

If you are interested in reviewing Linus’ file or in adopting Linus, please fill out a free PAP Waiting Child Review Form, which can be found here: https://madison.mysamdb.com/SAM/Fm/FamilyInformationSheet_Edt.aspx

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Advocacy: Josh

Advocacy: Josh

Meet handsome 10 year old Josh!,  Josh has the cutest dimples!,  He is newly listed with Madison Adoption Associates via an orphanage partnership.,  Josh is listed as having a developmental delay.,  He attends school in the orphanage and lives with a foster family.,  Josh is described as introverted, friendly, shy, funny, a follower (he has a big brother in foster care), and a little naughty. He doesn’t like school. He attended public school in the past, but is now in the Sunshine… Academy in the orphanage. Josh reads well and is very well spoken and very logical. Josh was initially raised by neighbors and was brought to the orphanage at a later age. The neighbor family wanted to keep Josh, but they were too old to care for him. The foster family takes good care of Josh, but they are not strict about studying. Josh is very artistic and he loves art. Josh wants a big family and he likes cats.

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There is a $3,000 grant for Josh’s adoption with Madison Adoption Associates. If a family signs on with MAA and moves forward for Josh in April, there would be another $1,500 in agency fee reductions for Josh’s adoption. Other grants may be available based on the adoptive family circumstances. Grants are awarded as agency fee reductions.

If you are interested in reviewing Josh’s file or in adopting Josh, please fill out a free PAP Waiting Child Review Form, which can be found here: https://madison.mysamdb.com/SAM/Fm/FamilyInformationSheet_Edt.aspx

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Advocacy: Curtis

Advocacy: Curtis

What a little love muffin 13 month old Curtis is! Curtis is newly listed with Madison Adoption Associates via an orphanage partnership. Curtis is diagnosed as having down syndrome and is post-op CHD-TOF (elsewhere in his file it mentions an ultrasound reported PFO, ASD, and PDA). Curtis has typical delays for a child with down syndrome. He could distinguish the difference between strangers and those close to him at the age of 6 months. At 9 months he was rolling over and coul…d clap his hands and use his hands to get his favorite toys. Shortly after he was crawling and able to recognize his name and respond when called. He has been beginning to learn some simple words and trying to pronounce them. Curtis is gentle and cute. He likes to snuggle and receive hugs from his caretakers. He likes when others play with him and when he is happy he will shake hands with other children and kick his feet happily. Curtis gets along well with the other children and is good about sharing his toys. Could you be the lucky family that gets to snuggle with this little teddy bear? Please help us find a family for Curtis now so he can get home while he is still so young!

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There is a $2,000 grant for Curtis’ adoption with Madison Adoptions Associates. If a family signs on with MAA and moves forward for Curtis in April, there would be another $1,500 in agency fee reductions for Curtis’ adoption. Other grants may be available based on the adoptive family’s circumstances. Agency grants are awarded as agency fee reductions.

If you are interested in reviewing Curtis’ file or in adopting Curtis, please fill out a free PAP Waiting Child Review Form, which can be found here: https://madison.mysamdb.com/SAM/Fm/FamilyInformationSheet_Edt.aspx

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Advocacy: Susie

Advocacy: Susie

Madison Adoption Associates received an update for sweet 7 year old, Susie today!

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Susie is a happy, active, and social girl, but she is a little shy with strangers. She is very attached to her foster parents. She can walk on flat ground. If the floor is a slope, she may not stand very still because her sense of balance is poor. She can talk to express herself, but does not speak clearly. She can feed herself with a small spoon. She uses her left hand to eat. She only feeds herself to half full and then needs the adult to help her with the rest. She will tell adults when she needs to go to the bathroom and she can go by herself. She can put on and take off pants and shoes. She likes being praised, not criticized. She likes watching other people dancing and she is good at imitating. She will swing her body when she hears music. She likes songs and cartoon. She will pick channels when watching TV. She knows gender, colors, and can draw circles with a pen.

Since Susie will be 8 in about a week, MAA is giving her the extra $1,000 reduction in agency fees for a child that is 8 or above. There is now a $2,000 agency grant for Susie’s adoption and if a family signs on with MAA and were to move forward for her in April, there would be another $1,500 in agency fee reductions, for a total of $3,500 in agency fee reductions in April. Other grants are available based on family circumstances.

If you would like to review Susie’s file or if you are interested in adopting Susie, please fill out a free PAP Waiting Child Review Form, which can be found here: https://madison.mysamdb.com/SAM/Fm/FamilyInformationSheet_Edt.aspx

 

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Article to make you think..

Article to make you think..

There is a short article on Adoption.com called,  Why “I Couldn’t Do What You Did” Hurts.,  It is worth a read and may challenge you to think.

Find it here!

Advocacy: Aaron (May he wait no more…)

Advocacy: Aaron (May he wait no more…)

4 year old Aaron still waits for a family.,  There is $8,500 in grant money available to be put towards his adoption expenses (a $5,000 grant with Love Without Boundaries and up to $3,500 in agency fee reductions with Madison Adoption Associates).,  Additional grants may be available based on income and he has a small account started on Reece’s Rainbow here: http://reecesrainbow.org/86993/aren

So why does Aaron still wait?,  I have two guesses.,  The first might be because his needs sound scary., ,  Medical diagnoses often look scary at first glance or if you just type them into an internet search engine.,  But anyone who has birthed or adopted a child with a special need will tell you that they don’t see the special need.,  They see their child.,  They see a son or a daughter.,  A diagnosis or a label does not define a child.,  But in some cases, these scary sounding diagnoses can make it very hard for a child waiting to be adopted to be seen and,  to be chosen.,  People read the need and they scroll past.

The second reason I believe a child like Aaron waits is because he is a BOY.,  There are approximately 2,121 children waiting on the shared list.,  These are kids whose files are made ready for adoption and who are not listed with an adoption agency.,  1,576 of these 2,121 are BOYS.,  There are countless more waiting for a family on agency lists. Last year, just 2,040 adoptions to the US from China were completed.,  That doesn’t make the odds very good for a boy, let alone for a boy who has scary sounding needs!

Please take some time to see who Aaron really is!,  Aaron has been a part of all five programs with Love Without Boundaries(LWB).,  In 2011, Aaron had surgery to remove a spinal tumor (a meningocele) and he received a shunt for hydrocephalus.,  His special needs have technically been repaired, but there is a chance he may be incontinent.,  That doesn’t mean Aaron can’t achieve social continence though.,  Aaron recovered from his surgery and grew stronger and more confident in one of LWB’s healing homes.,  Aaron has been in LWB foster care for a number of years now and the staff there have watched him grow from a happy baby into a handsome little boy.,  One of his foster families said:,  “He is amazing! We called him Sean and he was very verbal in my home!,  He was speaking some English and was very smart!,  I loved him!”

In fall of 2014, Aaron begin attending a LWB Believe in Me school. Teachers describe him as very determined and independent. He attends school during the day where he is working on using scissors, drawing shapes and copying characters. When he is not in school, Aaron can be found playing outside with the neighborhood children or riding around in his play car.

As you can see, Aaron is handsome, smart, and has received excellent care since he was a baby.,  What Aaron needs most though is for a family to open their heart to adopting a boy and a family willing to see past the scary sounding diagnoses and see him simply as Aaron: a beautiful, smart, and fun-loving little boy. Who will cry for Aaron?,  Who will step up for Aaron?

In just six days, if a family has not moved forward for him, he will be going back to the shared list and could end up lost in the mix with the other 2,120 kids, 1,575 of which are boys. Please join me in this push for Aaron.

Some excellent resources for Aaron’s needs can be found here: http://www.nohandsbutours.com/,,‚¦/taking-care-of-personal-bu,,‚¦/ http://www.nohandsbutours.com/,,‚¦/taking-care-business-part-2/ http://www.nohandsbutours.com/,,‚¦/adopting-a-child-with-hydr,,‚¦/ http://www.nohandsbutours.com/,,‚¦/09/29/hydrocephalus-baby-h,,‚¦/ http://www.nohandsbutours.com/,,‚¦/special-need-highlight-spi,,‚¦/ http://www.nohandsbutours.com/2008/11/24/katelyn/

Aaron’s file may be reviewed here: http://madisonadoption.com/WaitingList.aspx

If you are interested in adopting Aaron, please fill out a free PAP Waiting Child Review form, which can be found here: http://www.miraclesandmudpies.blogspot.com/,,‚¦/let-chat-about,,‚¦

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An Adoption Song ~for you!

An Adoption Song ~for you!

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Every now and then I am honored to witness a celebration that a family hosts in preparation or celebration of their child’s homecoming. This past weekend I was able to stop in on a little party being hosted by the Anderson family. They are an MAA homestudy family and currently pursuing an adoption from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Anderson family has waited over three years for the news that they received this past week. The little girl that they have lavished prayer on, hoped for, and sent support too for all these years has passed all the required court proceedings and has been declared, legally, their daughter!,  So they threw one happy party!

At the party the family, all incredibly musical and talented, debuted a song that they wrote for their daughter. Its beautiful. Its tear-worthy. I think any parent that has adopted will melt. I think any parent still in the process will say “Oh my goodness! That is how I feel!”……

There are songs out there about so many subjects. My kids were rocking this morning to one about dirty socks! Now, there is a song for the heart of the adoptive Dad and Mom as they wait, pray, prepare, and hope.

The song is available for download by going here, the cost is .99 cents!

It is also on iTunes and Amazon mp3, search “BRING YOU WHERE I AM” by WICK.

I certainly hope you enjoy this song!

 

A great article!

A great article!

This article, written by a high school student, is fantastic! It gives wonderful insight into the mind and heart of a transracial adoptee. She is still very “pro adoption” and the article is encouraging. But, it speaks to needs of our children as they grow.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anna-eldridge/the-hardest-part-about-growing-up-as-a-transracial-adoptee_b_6679352.html