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Ambassadors of Hope Program

Ambassadors of Hope Program

Do you love children and have a heart for advocating for orphans? We may be looking for an active, passionate, and connected person like you!

Madison Adoption Associates is launching our Advocates of Hope Program in conjunction with CCCWA advocate policies and procedures.

Individuals and families now have a unique opportunity to help find permanent homes for vulnerable children in orphanages by visiting them in China and interacting with them over a 4 day period of time.  This opportunity is being provided by the China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) and it is a new program known as œThe Ambassador of Hope Program. The host of this specific program is the Beijing City Children’s Welfare Institute.

The trip will take place from  November 2nd, 2015  November 7, 2015. The trip will begin with amazing sightseeing in Beijing which includes going to the Great Wall of China.  Staring on November 3rd advocates will begin meeting with children in order to get to know them and have information to return home and advocate for those children to find families.

Families will be required to travel together to ensure that everyone arrives in China at the same time. This city will be determined by the best priced flight we can find.  All advocates will travel together with MAA staff. The departure date will be on October 30th or October 31st from a selected city (most likely Newark, NJ, but possibly Chicago or another city) where the group will meet. Advocates will leave China on November 7th or November 8th, and arrive home the same day.  (China is 12 hours ahead of the Eastern Standard time).

It makes an incredible difference for prospective families to hear from people who have been able to observe and interact with the children who need homes, to more effectively communicate the personality and strengths of these children.  Speaking to other families about a particular child can help the prospective family to understand the child’s needs and abilities in a very personal way that is different from reading the referral report, seeing a photo or watching a short video. 

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

Each advocate is expected to:

  • Participate in a 1 hour phone conference for a pre-travel overview and training orientation provided by Madison Adoption Associates;
  • Participate in the full schedule of daily activities and events sponsored by CCCWA;
  • Complete observation sheets (provided by Madison Adoption Associates) for each child during the entirety of the program;
  • Clear the Madison Adoption Associates screening and provide MAA with current child abuse and background checks; and
  • Participate in daily debriefings with Madison Adoption Associate staff during time in China to discuss children, strategize, and/or resolve any issues and/or concerns.

Applicants for this program must be in good health, mentally and physically, without communicable diseases of public health significance.

Applicants are NOT being recruited to serve as advocates with plans to personally adopt a child in the Ambassador of Hope Program.

Costs

Families will need to cover the cost of their airfare to and from China, as well as the cost to get them to the selected city of departure. MAA may arrange all of this and charge each advocate a fee.  (PLEASE REMEMBER- our goal is to keep this as inexpensive, yet as efficient as possible!) Advocates should also plan for additional minimal costs which will be disclosed as soon as specific plans are made.  MAA will arrange transportation for advocates to and from the airport and hotel in Beijing.  We have been told that hotel accommodations and most meals will be covered by the Beijing City Children’s Welfare Institute, as they are the host of this program.

However, families should plan to bring enough money to cover any expenses that may arise. Airport meals and souvenirs are also the responsibility of each advocate.

If you are interested in being an advocate and participating in Madison Adoption Associates’ first Ambassadors of Hope Program please contact the office for the application and forward to diana@madisonadoption.org as soon as possible. 

There are a lot more details available, please call the office if you are interested! This program will fill up fast.

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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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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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 œhide 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

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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!

Its HOSTING time!

Its HOSTING time!
Madison Adoption Associates
Orphan Hosting Program 2015
MAA is beginning to plan now, 
for the Summer 2015 Orphan Hosting Program.
If you live in Illinois or Missouri and would like to learn more about hosting a child from China or Philippines, please contact Michelle@MadisonAdoption.org.
The exact dates are not set at this time, but the children will most likely be here during the month of July 2015. , Only families living in Illinois or Missouri can host because of the required supervision and group events.
Families are also needed to host the adults who accompany the children. , This is a great way to help the children, who cannot travel without these chaperones!

Advocacy: Our Extra Special Children!

Advocacy: Our Extra Special Children!
Madison Adoption Associates LOVES our Waiting Children with Down Syndrome!!
If you are interested in learning more about any of these children, please contact Sara@MadisonAdoption.org

Adovcacy: A final plea!

Adovcacy: A final plea!
WAITING CHILDREN FILES TO BE RETURNED SOON!
Help us find them a loving and permanent family!
Madison Adoption Associates is making a final plea for families to adopt these beautiful children who will have their referral files returned to the China Shared List on Thursday.
MAA is offering a $1500 agency fee reduction for the adoption of these children before the referral files are returned!
Please contact Diana Bramble or Sara Lang if you are interested in any of these precious waiting children!!
Wow! What a great bunch of children!!
To view the full referral information for these waiting children, please visit MAA’s Waiting Children web page.

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!”

Videos: https://vimeo.com/maaspecialkids/maa-linusjoelkobe1 https://vimeo.com/maaspecialkids/maa-linusjoelkobe2 https://vimeo.com/maaspecialkids/maa-linusjoelkobe3 https://vimeo.com/maaspecialkids/maa-linusjoelkobe4 https://vimeo.com/maaspecialkids/maa-linusjoelkobe5 https://vimeo.com/maaspecialkids/maa-linusjoelkobe6 https://vimeo.com/maaspecialkids/maa-linusjoelkobe7 Password: Adoptmaa

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.

Videos: https://vimeo.com/maaspecialkids/maa-josh1 https://vimeo.com/maaspecialkids/maa-josh2 https://vimeo.com/maaspecialkids/maa-josh3 https://vimeo.com/maaspecialkids/maa-josh4 https://vimeo.com/maaspecialkids/maa-josh5 Password: Adoptmaa

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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MAA Adoption Programs

Madison Adoption Associates currently offers international adoption programs in the countries of China, the Philippines, and Bulgaria. Our programs mostly focus on placing children who have special medical needs.
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