Monthly archives for June, 2015

A Million Rainbows

A Million Rainbows

 

 

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My daughter was blessed with a loving care taker from Half the Sky Foundation! We even have a scrap book of her years in the orphanage with photos of her playing with her caretaker. I cherish this deeply. My daughter grieved her caretaker which broke our hearts to see her sadness, and yet we were so grateful for that caretaker who lavished attention and care on our LingLing.  My little girl at such as  young age lost her first family, so much change and unknown for a little life to endure. I know that during those years while she waited for a family she was given a constant~ a caretaker to play ball with her, teach her, hold her, feed her, and make her know that she is worthy of love. Because she is. They all are.

I am thankful for Half the Sky Foundation. They do a good work!

See here to help them paint a million rainbows in the sky….to help them provide a caretaker for every orphan that waits! 

Advocacy: Vance

Advocacy: Vance

Vance has waited far too long and been on far too many agency lists! He was abandoned at 3.5 and had a birth note with him so his birthday is accurate. Vance will be turning nine in just a couple weeks and he is diagnosed as having epidermolysis bullosa simplex (EB). EB is a skin condition. It appears as what looks like blisters, mostly affecting his hands, arms, and feet. Vance has a mild form of EB and is on a medication to help treat it.

Vance is loved by his caretakers and all of the older boys and girls in the orphanage. He has very good fine motor skills and good gross motor skills as well. He speaks well too. Vance likes to play with other children and he is good with sharing his toys and snacks. His friends all like him very much. Vance likes dancing and he is good at it too. He dances in many performances the orphanage holds for various festivals and he receives a lot of praise for it. You can watch him dance in this video that was received by an agency he was formerly with (he went by the name Elias with this agency). MAA is working to get an update on Vance as well.

VIDEO LINK:
http://vimeo.com/96622375
Password: CONTACT OFFICE FOR PASSWORD

There is a $3,000 grant for Vance’s adoption with Madison Adoption Associates. MAA is offering another $1,000 in agency fee reductions for families that sign on between now and the end of July and another $500 in agency fee reductions for a family that moves forward for a waiting boy between now and the end of July. That’s $4,500 in grants for Vance’s adoption! Other grants may be available based on the adoptive family’s circumstances. Agency grants are awarded as agency fee reductions. MAA also partners with the Brittany’s Hope Foundation for matching grants, which are given out twice a year- often January and July.

If you are interested in reviewing Vance’s file or in adopting Vance, 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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Madison Adoption Associates's photo.
Madison Adoption Associates's photo.
Madison Adoption Associates's photo.

Waiting Children that Need You!

Waiting Children that Need You!

58 Waiting Children on Madison Adoption Associates Individual List!! So please contact the office for more information on adoption a waiting child!

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A Fantastic Article!

A Fantastic Article!

reat share!

“Here’s what I wish you would do.”
THEMIGHTY.COM

 

MAA families and friends, I am so happy to share this blog post.  I read it and my heart melted.  In reading this I felt as though the writer and I had sat down and talked this through. She wrote my heart on this.

It is called,”To the Embarrassed Parent of the Child Pointing at my Daughter”. 

A beautiful read for all of us.

MAA Adoption Reunion in Illinois!

MAA Adoption Reunion in Illinois!

Please join us for the adoption reunion and orphan hosting picnic on Saturday, July 11th from 11 am to 2 pm at Rochester Community Park in Rochester, Illinois. You will have the opportunity to meet orphans from China who will be in the United States for a month. These children are all in need of adoptive families, so please spread the word to anyone who may be interested in attending. This picnic will also be an adoption reunion for all adoptive families. Most of the adoptive families will have children adopted from China or the Philippines, but all are invited to attend. Families will need to bring their own food, drinks and table service. We also recommend bringing your lawn chairs in case there is not enough room at the picnic tables. Madison Adoption Associates Director, Aleda Madison, and Associate Director, Diana Bramble, look forward to seeing you there!

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Acrobats of China Adoption Reunion

Acrobats of China Adoption Reunion

Incredible! Acrobats of China featuring the New Shanghai Circus

Yakov Smirnoff Theatre

470 State Highway 248

Branson, MO 65616

417-336-8888

pengyou@acrobatsofchina.com

ANNOUNCING:

THE FIRST ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL ADOPTED CHILD REUNION IN BRANSON MISSOURI

The Incredible! Acrobats of China featuring the New Shanghai Circus has been hosting an Adopted Chinese Child Reunion for more than 10 years in both Branson, Missouri and Pidgeon Forge, Tennessee.  This year, in recognition of the loving generosity of American families who have opened their home, arms and hearts to children from all over the world we have expanded our reunion to all families with internationally adopted children.

 The International Adopted Child Reunion activities will be held at the Yakov Smirnoff Theatre in Branson, Missouri on July 18, 2015, beginning with activities for the whole family including international games, crafts and demonstrations.  Lunch will be provided at the theatre and there will be more activities after lunch, culminating with the Acrobats of China featuring the New Shanghai Circus Show at 3:00.

 We have reserved a block of rooms at the Branson Towers Hotel.  The rate of $65  per night plus tax, for 2 adults and up to 3 children per room will be available for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 17 -19, 2015.  For room reservations call Misty Mulkey at the Branson Towers at 417-336-4500.  Be sure to say you are with the International Adopted Child Reunion.

 To register your family or for more information please email Brandi Chen at pengyou@acrobatsofchina.com

 

 

Advocacy: Patrick!

Advocacy: Patrick!

Precious 15 month old Patrick is listed with Madison Adoption Associates via an orphanage partnership.
Patrick has been featured on the LWB blog many times:
http://www.lwbcommunity.org/patrick-lwbs-featured-child-of-…
http://www.lwbcommunity.org/happy-year-of-the-sheep
http://www.lwbcommunity.org/lwb-and-sevenly-carpe-diem-for-…
http://www.lwbcommunity.org/turkey-time

There are so many photos available from Patrick’s short 15 months of life- some family will surely be blessed to have all of them!

Patrick was diagnosed as having anal atresia and is now post-op for that condition. Later he was found to have CHD- ASD and VSD, for which he has now had a surgery as well. In the fall of 2014 after surgery, Patrick entered foster care sponsored by Love Without Boundaries. He also receives rehabilitation treatment there. At the time his file was prepared, Patrick was able to walk for one to two steps when holding the nanny’s hand. When Patrick sees others eating, he will stretch out his hand for food. He enjoys playing with his nannies and is said to enjoy playing “hide and seek” the most. Patrick is an energetic, bright, active, and lovely boy with a quick reaction. He loves playing with toys and listening to music. Will your family be the family that is blessed to wake up to that cute face every morning?

A recent update from LWB said: Patrick from Heartbridge is in the hospital preparing for his final stage colostomy surgery. He and his nanny are sleeping on a bed in the hallway because of the current crowded conditions – something which is not at all unusual in a Chinese hospital which helps millions of children each year. Neither Nanny nor Patrick seem particularly upset about this, as Patrick is happy as long as Nanny is with him!

There is a $2,000 agency grant with MAA for Patrick’s adoption. Madison is also offering a $1,000 grant for families that sign on between now and the end of July and another $500 grant for families that move forward for a waiting boy between now and the end of July. That’s $3,500 in grants for Patrick’s adoption between now and the end of July! Other grants may be available based on the adoptive family’s circumstances. Grants are awarded as agency fee reductions. MAA also partners with Brittany’s Hope Foundation for matching grants and those will be given out again in July.

If you are interested in reviewing Patrick’s file or in adopting Patrick, 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

Madison Adoption Associates's photo.
Madison Adoption Associates's photo.

Walk of Love!

Walk of Love!

 

 

The annual Walk Of Love Cross Country 5K & Fun Walk is a chip-timed, fall-themed run through a beautiful 200 acre estate in Elizabethtown, PA. It’s a full day of fun for your whole family. Games / activities for the children, competitions for the adults and food for all! Space is limited, so register today to reserve your spot. We can’t wait to see you there!

For more information visit the Walk of Love website! 

New Referrals!

New Referrals!

 

Macey
Meet adorable Macey, who is a 20 month old baby who needs a family to make sure she meets all of her developmental milestones.  Early intervention is the best medicine for children with Down Syndrome!!
MAA is offering an agency fee reduction of $1000 for the adoption of Macey.
There is an additional agency fee reduction of $1000 for applications received before the end of July!
Huey
Huey has been through quite a lot in his short 4 years, but he is still a happy little boy who loves life!  Huey has hydrocephalus,Dandy-Walker Syndrome, post-operative meningoencephalocele, and post-operative peritoneal shunt of arachnoid cysts.
Watch Huey’s video and you can tell that nothing is going to stop this kid! (Call for password!).
MAA is offering an agency fee reduction of $2000 for the adoption of Huey.
There is an agency fee reduction of $1000 for applications received before the end of July, with an additional reduction of $500 for the adoption of a boy!
 
Cece
Beautiful little Cece will celebrate her 9th birthday in September.  What a wonderful gift it would be for her to have a family who loves her and is working to bring her home!  Cece has  hemiplegia on the left side of her body.  Cece loves to meet new people and play outside!
MAA is offering an agency fee reduction of $2000 for the adoption of Cece. There is an additional agency fee reduction of $1000 for applications received before the end of July!

Vance
Vance should have been named “van Gogh” – this smiling almost 9 year-old loves doing art and craft projects!  Vance came to into care when he was 4 years old and he has become greatly loved by all the caretakers.  He considers everyone his family – but he needs a true family of his own.   Vance has epidermolysis bullosa simplex, which causes the skin on his hands and feet to blister.
MAA is offering an agency fee reduction of $3000 for the adoption of Vance.
There is an agency fee reduction of $1000 for applications received before the end of July, with an additional reduction of $500 for the adoption of a boy!
Farrah
Farrah is 9 years old and has a repaired cleft lip. However, the surgical repair was not well-done and Farrah would greatly benefit from surgery to make her lip look more natural. She is a sweet girl who will is very curious to learn new things.

Watch this sweet  video of Farrah playing with the babies at the orphanage! (Call for password! )

MAA is offering an agency fee reduction of $2000 for the adoption of Farrah.

There is an additional agency fee reduction of $1000 for applications received before the end of July!

Storytellers

Storytellers

 

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At a party a few weeks ago we were introduced to a family that had adopted one child.  I had the opportunity to meet this little girl and chat with her for some time. Let me tell you that she was lovely inside and out. I don’t know her story or if she eats her dinner without complaint or misbehaves, but I do know that she came across as a young teen with the ability to communicate her thoughts well and a gentleness to other children.  Her homeland is the same as one of my own children and so her parents and I began chatting all things adoption. There was the typical type of information exchanged about the when’s, where’s and so forth. My husband mentioned something about the “next time” and the couples eye brows raised.

“Your going to do it again?”, they asked.

We nodded. Currently our house is rather full and we have a lot of little ones so we are not doing it again today, but most certainly the plan includes adopting again. We don’t feel that our family is finished growing and we certainly desire to share this crazy love that we have under our roof with another child in need of that crazy love.

I guess we kind of told them that answer. That, yes, we plan on doing it again.  My husband returned the question. It seemed like the right thing to do.

“Are you planning on adopting again?”, he asked smiling.

And this is where my,  heart broke and I will tell you why.

“No, Oh never. We wont ever do that again. One was enough….”,  They continued on and on as I tried to pick my mouth up off the floor. Now, let me explain. I was not upset that they felt their home was full.  I get it. Each family knows when they have reached a healthy and harmonious capacity and no one but that family can judge best. No problem.

I was shocked because standing right next to them was this girl who they adopted with her eyes looking down at her feet and that light fading from her face.  Here were her parents publicaly making it known how difficult their adoption had been, how hard the transition, and how there is just no way they would never do it again.

The words they used have long left my mind, but I will tell you what that young girl heard.

She heard “You were not worth it.”

And that breaks this Momma’s heart. Because all my children were worth it. They were worth the changed body and the stretch marks and the labor pains. They were worth the paperwork and the scraping savings and the months of waiting.  They were worth every surprise and frustration and hope and sleepless night, every mile traveled, every lesson learned, every unknown and every tear shed. They were worth every moment of uncertainty and transition and chaos just for the chance to love them and watch them grow.

It is so important to have people to talk with about troubles. It is absolutely acceptable to state that you believe your family will not adopt again. It is absolutely acceptable to talk about frustrations, difficulties, and concerns. But, Momma’s and Daddy’s be care for little ears are listening. And little ears that have already had so much loss need to know that all you went through to bring them home was not only worth it, but that you would  do it again if it meant loving them another day.

May we have friends and loved ones we can open up too, talk with, pray with, and seek wisdom with. May we find encouragement and support when needed. May we share our stories to inspire, teach, and help. But, let us not let our frustrations that come, and they do, tear down the self worth of the children.

We all have a hammer and can do one of two things.

Build up.

Tear down.

May your story, whatever it may be, be spoken in such a way that it can build up the little ears that hear it.