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Extended Adoption Travel – A Family’s Perspective

Extended Adoption Travel – A Family’s Perspective

by Lindsey Gilbert, Family Engagement Coordinator for Madison Adoption Associates

MAA’s newest adoption program opened in the Dominican Republic recently, and we expect it to be a small program. This is partly because it is a small country, but also because it requires a longer period of travel than other programs: anywhere from two to four months in the Dominican Republic. Such long travel just isn’t feasible for many families, but in today’s world, with endless ways to connect, you might be surprised at your family’s ability to live somewhere else for an extended period of time- and what better reason to do so than giving a child a family?

While it wasn’t two months, and it wasn’t the Dominican Republic, my husband and I had a somewhat long trip for our daughter’s adoption from India.  We were there for six weeks. The logistics are easier than you might think; many jobs these days can be done remotely, as my husband did on our trip, and we had an apartment to stay in for most of the time. There were aspects of our long stay that were amazing, and aspects of it that were very challenging.

The biggest positive was that we got to know our daughter in an environment that was comfortable for her. We could spend days visiting her in her foster home, seeing what she was like there, and letting her get used to us before we took custody. Even after we took custody, we were in a place with all her familiar foods, smells, and sounds, so she could adjust to being with us for a while without having to adjust to many other changes at the same time. She needed some low-key days after we took custody, so had we only been in India a short time we probably wouldn’t have been able to sightsee. We were able to wait until she was more comfortable with us, and then go see some of the famous sites in her city, which are precious memories for all of us! All the time also meant we could afford to spend days just walking around our neighborhood and seeing what India was like on an ordinary level. We got to build relationships with people in India, like our neighbors who invited us over for dinner and helped us when we were fruitlessly trying to order our own takeout the first few days. Ultimately, it was a really sweet time just being a family of three- we celebrated Christmas, New Years, and her birthday as a family in India!

That said, while there were so many blessings, it wasn’t a period of time we would call easy. While we were in a familiar environment for our daughter, my husband and I were away from everything familiar to us: friends, home, bed, dogs, foods, etc. Many of the things we usually turned to for comfort or to de-stress weren’t options in India for one reason or another, so we had to learn to cope in other ways. Everyday things were more challenging and required planning: going to the grocery store, doing laundry, making dinner, etc. The time difference was also hard for us when communicating back home, but fortunately the Dominican Republic usually has the same time as the East coast of the US!

Overall, our six weeks in India were a blessing for our entire family.  The memories will last a lifetime, and we dream of going back someday to explore our daughter’s homeland again with her.  I hope this gives you some food for thought as you consider whether your family might be up for an extended adoption trip! Though it was stressful at times, ultimately we would do six weeks again, and more, because it meant we got the privilege of being our daughter’s family.

Interested in learning more about adopting from Dominican Republic? Please visit our website! Or email LindseyG@madisonadoption.org for more information.

Parenting a child with Microtia/Atresia

Parenting a child with Microtia/Atresia

As we wrap up National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month, we are pleased to share another guest post! Thank you Mama D for sharing some insight on parenting a child with microtia/atresia!

Microtia/atresia seems pretty easy to manage and it does not stop our son from playing hard and doing his thing. A BAHA (Bone Anchored Hearing Aid) has given him much better access to sound. He currently wears it on a soft headband.  As it turns out, he really likes music, especially music with lots of drumming! The most difficult thing about the BAHA was getting it approved by insurance (that’s a whole other advocacy post!).

Our son gets speech therapy through school and through a private provider, and we work on speech activities, songs, reading, etc., to increase his exposure to language.  He seems to be picking up speech fairly rapidly. The decision about whether to have reconstructive surgery is some time off so we will cross that bridge when we come to it.

By far, our son’s biggest need was a family and the safety and love that provides. It has been amazing to watch him go from a very timid, fearful and reserved boy to a happy, loving boy full of smiles and hugs (and the usual punches for his brothers).

Thank you for sharing about your journey!!

In honor of National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month, we are happy to be able to offer an additional grant of $1,000 for a family who commits to adopting a child with a craniofacial diagnosis from any of our programs.  Please email lindseyg@madisonadoption.org for more information, or complete a Prospective Adoptive Parent form.

Interested in Adopting from Colombia?

Interested in Adopting from Colombia?

Why you should choose Madison Adoption Associates!!

Colombia sees the great gift international adoption can bring- more families for more children! As the central authority, ICBF, grows international adoption and approves new agencies, it can become overwhelming for families considering adoption to figure out what agency to work with. Does it matter which agency you choose? The short answer is yes, absolutely! The long answer is there are several reasons families should carefully choose their agency, and five reasons why Madison Adoption Associates should be top of your list for agencies to consider!

  1. Relationships– Colombia is a relational country, and MAA has invested the time to build those relationships! We have worked with the central authority, ICBF, and have built relationships with various Iapas. These institutions know us and we know them, and we have built trust through our time working with them. We do not take the responsibility of matching children with families lightly, and because we nourish these relationships, one of the most important outcomes is how these relationships impact our matching process.  Because of our close ties, we are able to work very closely with your family in terms of determining which matching process best suits you, be it a waiting child, a certain Iapa, or submitting a Dossier for an adoption committee to match your family with a child.
  2. Our Colombian Representative– Soraya Diaz is MAA’s representative in Colombia. She has strong relationships with ICBF, defenders (attorneys who act as social workers), and Iapas.  Soraya is very active in the international adoption field in Colombia, and routinely visits with other child welfare professionals, as well as with available children.  For families who are seeking to adopt a young child or siblings with mild to moderate needs, Soraya’s constant communication with ICBF and Iapas regarding available children helps keep wait times short!
  3. Grants – While we work hard to match our waiting families, we know that many of the children in need of adoption in Colombia are already waiting; they are children who are older or who have special needs families may consider significant. For families open to adopting these children, we provide grants to open the door to adoption for more potential families. Every family who commits to adopt a child on our waiting list will automatically get a $500 grant, as well as more potential grants depending on the child’s circumstances. We also have grants available based on family circumstance, regardless of the child being adopted, and partner with Brittany’s Hope to award grants twice a year.
  4. Support In-Country– Soraya also provides support to our travelling families; she meets with families who arrive in Bogota, and will be present with families adopting in Bogota or nearby areas for the entire process, including meeting your children, going to court, and applying for the passport. For families adopting from other regions, Soraya will have a representative accompany you.  She also arranges transportation to and from the airport and appointments, and coordinates a translator whenever needed. Regardless of the area you adopt from, Soraya and MAA are always available by phone and can help with any issues that arise.
  5. Support Once Home– MAA knows that meeting your child is really just the beginning! Misty Lucas, the Colombia Program Director, will be in frequent touch with you while you are in country and once home. MAA also created a position for a Post-Adoption Wellness Coordinator because we see the need for someone who is dedicated just to families who are home with their children. Lindsey Teefey is an adoptive mom herself, and helps families navigate the behavioral and emotional challenges of adjusting to life with their new child.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when trying to decide on an agency to use, so please give us a call! We are here to answer all of your questions as you make these big decisions about how to bring a child into your family, and hope you’ll consider MAA for your journey to Colombia.

You can find more information about our Colombia Program by visiting our website, or by completing our free Prospective Adoptive Parent form. With immediate questions about any of our programs, please email Lindsey Gilbert at lindseyg@madisonadoption.org.

That Smile…

We are honored to share this guest post by MAA Mom, Charmon….

Hello everyone. I want to introduce myself. My name is Charmon, and we adopted a little boy from China who has a special need of Cleft Lip/Palate. We choose CL/CP because I have a close friend that has two kids from China that had the same special need. I also worked at an OB/GYN office and knew we had a awesome cleft team that was in driving distance from our home. Kyle had just turned 3 years old when we adopted him. We were prepared when we arrived for him not to be able to drink through a straw or eat noodles that were not cut up and all the other things we had read prior to going. Kyle had NO problems at all with eating or drinking! His lip had been repaired when he was 10 months old, and he had figured out by then how to manage eating and drinking with no issues.  Cleft kids have trouble with speech, so he only spoke a few words in China. In fact, the caregivers only heard him talking to the other kids and this was only one word.  He would look at you or do hand symbols to let you know what he needed and wanted. Our first night of being a family, our guide called to make sure we were ok. He ran to answer the phone and said ‘Hello” and then when she talked back to him he said “hey auntie.” He was not afraid to talk to us even though we had no clue what he was saying, he let us hear his quiet voice! I guess with our southern accent he figured we sounded different like him and wasn’t afraid anymore.  He learned English very quickly and could say “Hey Y’all” by the time we got to Guangzhou. 

Once he was a little older, the biggest challenge was that he would get frustrated when people couldn’t understand him.  He would say it was because he was “from China.” We had to encourage him to speak louder and that it was ok.  Kyle started speech therapy three months after arriving home. We were able to get in the program Kidnet and he went to a local elementary school. He went just for therapy and it was free. We went twice a week for 30 minutes and continued once he started school. Once in 3rd grade he has been cut down to only going to speech for 30 minutes once a week.

Now for the medical history… we had his palate repaired two months after being home. This was an overnight stay in the hospital. Then a limited diet for six weeks. When he was seven his permanent teeth were starting to come into place (development wise), he wore an orthodontic expander to expand his palate. Six months later he had his bone graft surgery. For this surgery they went into his hip bone (about a one inch scar) and took bone out and put it in the cleft area so there wouldn’t be an empty space there anymore. This surgery was an overnight stay too and a limited diet (fluids and soft foods) for six weeks.  Six months following surgery he had a CAT scan (done at the orthodontist office) to see if the graft was successful. His did not take. We had to redo the surgery again 6 months later and they took bone from the other hip. This surgery was successful!! He just finished wearing another device to pull his upper jaw out to correct his under-bite. We now have braces on the front 6 teeth to turn them and get them straight. The plastic surgeon said he is done with surgeries until he is around 15. He has a deviated septum and if it doesn’t correct itself during aging they will repair it at that time. Cleft lip and palate is a genetic disorder, and most insurance will cover this as a medical conditional and will go through medical benefits instead of dental insurance. 

Please do not let this diagnosis scare you. This is a fixable issue and the love these kids have is well worth any challenges you may experience. We can’t image our life without our boy! He is nine now and has come such a long way! Strangers understand at least 98% of what he says. I wouldn’t change our journey for anything! I thank God that he allowed us to be this special boy’s family. His special smile can light the world!

Thank you, Charmon, for sharing your story!

In honor of National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month, we are happy to be able to offer an additional grant of $1,000 for a family who commits to adopting a child with a craniofacial
diagnosis from any of our programs.  Please email lindseyg@madisonadoption.org for more information, or complete a Prospective Adoptive Parent form.


Beauty Abounds in Bulgaria

Beauty Abounds in Bulgaria

I’ll admit it…when presented with the idea of a trip to Sofia, Bulgaria, I had no idea what to expect.  While, of course, I had heard of Bulgaria before (and not just because we have a program there), I still couldn’t pinpoint a famous Bulgarian monument, or quintessential Bulgarian food.  But, when the opportunity arises to travel in order to grow a program and ultimately find more families for waiting children, you go!  In the days leading up to the trip, I spent a lot of time scouring the good old internet trying to get more of a ‘feel’ for the country and her people.  I learned a lot, but ultimately knew that I wouldn’t truly know Bulgaria until getting there. 

Street in Sofia

8 hours to Frankfurt, 3 hour layover, then another 2ish to Sofia (pretty easy in comparison to some other trips I’ve been on!), we were finally there.  We were tired, it was rainy, but I was immediately struck by how friendly everyone was!   

Our first full day thankfully started with the rain gone, and the sun shining.  While we had an agenda for the day that was packed with meetings, just being out, and driving around Sofia was amazing!  So many little streets and alleys, cafes and restaurants, and people going about their days.  And, again, the friendly disposition of all who we encountered made us feel so welcome in this beautiful city. 

Vitosha Boulevard

Towards the end of the day, we had the chance to sit on Vitosha Boulevard, the main promenade in Sofia, and have a quintessential Bulgarian meal.  Boy do the Bulgarian people know how to eat!  Meats, cheeses, salads, veggies, you name it….they made it!  The food was divine, and to be able to eat and relax, while watching Sofia go by along the promenade, was the moment I fell in love with the city, and the country of Bulgaria. 

We spent several more days there, mainly in productive meetings with various partners, discussing how we all can work together for the good of the Bulgarian children. But we got to enjoy Bulgaria too. We left with not only a newfound love of the country and people, but also with a strong desire to do all we can to find families for the precious waiting children of Bulgaria.

Interested in learning more about adopting from Bulgaria?  

We are pleased to offer a $1,000 grant to families who apply in the month of June!

Visit our website, or email LindseyG@madisonadoption.org!

The Perfect Combination

Monserrate

Trip planning.  Just reading that phrase may stir up a variety of emotions in you – excitement, anticipation, and maybe even anxiety for those of us whose vision of a trip is very different from the vision of our travel mates!  Perhaps you like to visit landmarks and museums, but your partner likes to relax at a country club.  Or maybe your son loves amusement parks, but your daughter would rather go bowling and watch a movie.  And while you are navigating all of those different likes and dislikes, perhaps you realize the common thread for your trip is that you all want to do something to make a difference.  But how?  How could all those different fun activities also be combined with doing something that will make a difference?  I’ll tell you how.  Reverse Hosting.

Salt Cathedral

You’ve likely heard of the concept of hosting before, where a child available for adoption comes to the US to stay with a host family and experience a new culture, while we work hard to advocate for that child.  Well, reverse hosting is similar.  But instead of the child coming to you, you go to the child!  You and your travel mates will travel to Bogota, Colombia in October 2019 for 10(ish) days.  You will be paired with a waiting child, and will spend your days getting to know that child, all the while getting to experience the sights and sounds of Bogota!  Your role is to get to know the child you are paired with so that you can assist in advocacy efforts to find a permanent family, and, of course, you are also expected to have fun!

Bogota Country Club

Reverse Hosting allows the host family to get to know the child in his or her own culture.  It allows the host family to participate in not only advocacy, but also gives them the chance to truly experience the child’s culture.  It’s the perfect combination for an international trip – exciting, thrilling, and life-changing.  Life-changing not only for a waiting child, but for your whole family as well. 

To learn more about Madison Adoption Associates‘ Reverse Hosting Program, please visit our website. Or, email Adriana@madisonadoption.org.

463.

I know I throw numbers at you a lot to make my point.  But they are just so compelling, I can’t help it.  So, here’s my latest #.  463.  Any guesses what it is referring to?  Before you surmise what it could be, please just really see that number.  Say it.  Four hundred and sixty-three.  I’m sure you’ve guessed by now that it must have to do with children.

Before I tell you what the number refers to, let me back-track a bit.  Very regularly, we find ourselves advocating for a waiting child who is about to ‘age-out.’  We send out a plea to all we know in hopes of finding a family for said child.  Sometimes we find a family, often we don’t.  But, every.single.time, that single post evokes so many emotional responses from so many.  “Please let her find a family in time.”  “We hope his family is out there.”  “We would do it if there was time!”  And we get inquiry after inquiry.  Sadly, oftentimes, there is no time left.  Sometimes, there are 6 weeks to complete an international adoption, home study included, start to finish, and we dive in head first with the family to get it done.  Can it be done in such a short amount of time?  Yes.  Is it easy?  No, no, no, and no.  Did I mention, No?  Is it worth it?  Always.  And we will continue to advocate for these children.  We will continue to send out pleas, and pray for a family to step forward in time.  And we will continue to dive in head first with a family if it is the right fit, and if there is even the slightest chance it can get done in time.

But I digress.  Back to the number.  463.  Are you ready?  OK.  It is the number of waiting children on the China shared list aged 12 through 13 ½.  463 children so close to aging out.  463 kids who still have time for a family to complete the process (without having to rip all their hair out and pray for a miracle).  463 children who are close to becoming ‘urgent,’ but not quite yet.  So why not share these kiddos with the same level of urgency?  Why not share these advocacy posts thousands of times in hopes of finding families in time?  They are there.  They are waiting.  For you.  And if we share them now (instead of when they only have 6 weeks left), we have a much better chance of finding them a family.

Interested in learning more about these 463 waiting children?  Call me.  I will tell you about each and every one of them.  I promise you that.  Take Aiden for example.  He turned 13 this past January.  You can expect to see our desperate pleas for him come October and November.  But I challenge you.  Let’s not wait until then.  Let’s share this boy, and the 462 like him, NOW, so we don’t get to that crisis point.  Because once there, the chances are slim.  But now.  Now, these 463 precious children have a chance.  Let’s give them their chance.

Interested in learning more about the children available in all of our programs who may soon be at risk of aging out? Complete our Prospective Adoptive Parent form and an adoption specialist will be in touch.

Keep on Keeping on

Keep on Keeping on

Mother’s Day. It means so much, to so many. We rejoice in this day with you, no matter how you ‘fit’ into it. Happy Mother’s Day, from your friends at Madison Adoption Associates.

Dear Mom of toddlers,

Hang in there.  You can’t pee alone, eat alone, heck, do anything alone.  But you do it.  Day in and day out.  You put yourself aside, and do it.  You push swings endlessly, know the names of all the Thomas engines, make sure they each have their favorite cup (even if it means constantly washing it, though you probably have 43728 other cups).  You give hugs, time outs, kisses to boo boos, ultimatums, but mostly, love.  Keep on keeping on.  The days are long but the years are short.  Happy Mother’s Day.

Dear Waiting Mom,

You’ve done all the paperwork.  You’ve done all the research.  You’ve done all the training, and invasive interviews.  You have everything in place for when your little finally comes home.  Now you must wait.  You must hurry up and get everything done, and wait.  Though your child isn’t home yet, you are a Mom.  You are an advocate for your child.  You are a Mama Bear. You fight for your child with each form, each document, each requirement.  Keep on keeping on.  She’ll be home soon.  Happy Mother’s Day.

Dear Adoptive Mom,

You are a heart healer.  You hold the burden of your child’s pain in hopes that they don’t have to.  You love them unconditionally, even when they don’t even like you.  You are their rock.  You are their constant.  You are their forever.  Keep on keeping on.  Happy Mother’s Day.

Dear Birth Mom,

You kept them safe.  You kept them warm.  You nourished them.  You chose life.  You made the hardest decision a Mother has to make, and you set them free.  Know your pain is not forgotten.  Keep on keeping on.  Happy Mother’s Day.

Dear Foster Mom,

You love them fiercely, day in and day out, knowing you won’t have them forever.  You take it one day at a time, and give them the world each and every day.  When others say, ‘I couldn’t do that, knowing I’d have to say goodbye,’ that’s exactly why you do it, because you know how important love is for them, even though you know it will shred your heart.  You are their Mama, for one day, or for 500, because it is best for them.  Keep on keeping on.  Happy Mother’s Day.  

Dear New Mom,

You’ve been dreaming and praying for this for years.  And now it’s here.  You are a Mom.  And it is H.A.R.D.  Harder than you ever though possible.  But you do it.  You wake up each morning (or maybe you haven’t even slept yet), and commit yourself to this child.  Because with each hard moment, there are a million sweet moments that melt your heart.  Embrace the good, and get through the not so good.  Keep on keeping on.  Happy Mother’s Day.

Dear Single Mom,

You do it alone. You are both parents. While some of us ‘share’ the parenting responsibilities, you do it all. The weight of that can often feel overwhelming. But you keep at it. Every day. You are their everything. Keep on keeping on. Happy Mother’s Day.

Dear Mom of teenagers,

You embarrass them.  Maybe they embarrass you.  They want nothing to do with you.  According to them, they have the whole world figured out, and you know nothing.  Even still, you pack their lunch, you go to every game, you make sure their laundry ‘miraculously’ gets in their drawers.  Keep on keeping on.  Happy Mother’s Day.

Dear Grandma,

Without you, we wouldn’t be Moms!  Without you, we wouldn’t know what to do.  You kissed us, so we know how to kiss them.  You taught us, so we know how to teach them.  You guided us, so we know how to guide them.  Thank you.  Keep on keeping on.  Enjoy the joys of grandmotherhood.  Happy Mother’s Day.

To all the Moms today, no matter how you ‘fit’ into this day, we celebrate you. Enjoy the day, and bask in the celebration of YOU. Keep on keeping on. Happy Mother’s Day.

The Light

The Light
We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are. ~ J. K. ROWLING

This quote couldn’t be more perfect to describe Lizzie.  And just who is Lizzie?  Lizzie is a girl.  An orphan.  Surrounded by mostly darkness, both literally and figuratively.  But who chooses the light whenever she can.  It guides her, and she is often found seeking it out.  Lizzie, who could so easily choose the darkness and let it consume her, she does not.  She chooses the light.  She can sense the goodness in the light, and it draws her in.  Just as we can sense the goodness in her.  She is captivated by the light, and somehow in that act alone, those around her are captivated by her.

But Lizzie needs a miracle.  Lizzie ‘ages out’ in 57 days.  F.I.F.T.Y. S.E.V.E.N.  Let that number sink in.  It seems totally impossible.  But we witness miracles every day, so we pray that now it is Lizzie’s turn for her miracle.  So while Lizzie continues to seek out the light, we will continue to seek out her forever family.

Lizzie is available for adoption from China through Madison Adoption Associates. There is a $5,000 Bright Futures grant available to the family who commits to her.

Please complete our Prospective Adoptive Parent form for more information about Lizzie, and the adoption process.

Searching

Searching

I was packing for my trip to Bulgaria, and my six-year-old was sitting on the bed watching me.

Son: “Mom, why are you going to Bulgaria?”

Me: “To help more kids find Mommies and Daddies.”

Son: “Why don’t all kids have Mommies and Daddies?”

Me: “Well, every kid has a Mommy and Daddy, but those first Mommies and Daddies can’t always raise their kids.”

Son: “Why not?  Don’t they love their kids?”

Me: “They do love their kids.  Usually, very much.  But, it takes more than love to take care of a kid.  It takes resources, and support, and community, and a home, and access to doctors, and food, and so much more.”

Son: “But it takes love too, right?”

Me: “Yes, of course it takes love too.  And, a lot of times, it is that love that drives these Mommies and Daddies to hope that a new Mommy and Daddy can be found for their kid.  They love them so much, they want them to have a Mommy and Daddy who can give them the things that they can’t.”

Son: “And that’s why you’re going to Bulgaria?  Because the old Mommies and Daddies need you to find new Mommies and Daddies?”

Me: “Kind of, I guess.”

Son: “That’s good Mom.  I hope you find Mommies and Daddies for kids who need Mommies and Daddies.”

Me: “Me too buddy.  Me too.”

Of course we all know summarizing the orphan crisis isn’t this easy.  And the solution isn’t this simple.  But then again, maybe it is.  Maybe my six-year-old is onto something.  Maybe it is just that the ‘old Mommies and Daddies’ need ‘new Mommies and Daddies’ to be found.  And please know I don’t say that to imply that ‘old’ means disposable, or that first families shouldn’t always be the first choice, or that it means anything derogatory at all towards first families.  But that this is simply the word of a six-year-old.  A six-year-old trying to justify in his innocent mind how a child like him could end up without a Mommy and Daddy.  And as much as I too have tried to justify it to my 38-year-old self over the past 16 years working in the field, his simple explanation makes more sense than anything I’ve ever come up with. 

I often feel like we’re getting buried by new regulations, laws, and rules. And I feel like it’s harder and harder to find families for waiting children. But over the past several weeks I keep coming back to what my son said – “Because old Mommies and Daddies need you to find new Mommies and Daddies?”  And I can’t help but think Yes.  Yes, that is why I do what I do.  That is why I travel across the world.  That is why I sometimes answer my phone at dinner.  That is why I spend day in and day out searching.  Because I am searching for new Mommies and Daddies.  New Mommies and Daddies for these children whose first Mommies and Daddies could no longer care for them.  So thank you, sweet son.  Thank you for reminding me why each trip matters.  Why each phone call matters.  Why each email matters.  Thank you for bringing me back to the simplicity that regardless of new regulations, new accrediting entities, and new guidelines, that no matter what, kids need Mommies and Daddies.  And please forgive me, sweet son.  Forgive me if I am not present for you every moment that I should be.  But my hope for you one day is that when you are a Daddy, you will fully understand why I do what I do.  I truly do it for you, and because of you.  I do it because the love that I feel for you is so all-consuming.  It is a love that permeates my soul, and I want all kids to feel that same passionate, raw, fierce, pure love of a parent.  So, I will keep searching sweet boy.  I will keep searching for Mommies and Daddies for kids who don’t have them, and I hope you’ll be sitting on my bed asking me why every step of the way.

Our passion for children drives our work. But our work is useless without families.  We can only search for Mommies and Daddies if there are Mommies and Daddies to be found.  That’s where you come in.  Interested in adoption?  Please contact us today.  We have programs in Bulgaria, China, Colombia, and Philippines

Please complete a Prospective Adoptive Parent form, and an adoption consultant will be in touch with you regarding programs that you qualify for.  Waiting children need families now.  Please do not wait.

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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