MAA visits Bulgaria

MAA visits Bulgaria

Our staff just returned home from a week in Bulgaria.  It was a busy, productive week of meetings with partner organizations, touring an orphanage and group home, and meeting with the Ministry of Justice (Bulgaria’s Central Authority).  We were thrilled to have been immersed in the culture, enjoy the food, and to gain a deeper appreciation for the Bulgarian people and their customs.  It was more than apparent, of everyone we met with, their passion and dedication to the children who wait.  And we are humbled to be able to stand alongside the Bulgarian people and do all that we can to find families for their beautiful, waiting children.

MAA meets with MOJ
Signing agreements with a partner agency
Happy to finally meet our partner who we have been working with for years!
Outside MOJ with partner agency
Promenade on Vitosha Street
Quintessential Sofia city street
Sveta Nedelya Church
Typical Bulgarian food
Ivan Vazov National Theatre

There are two different tracts for adopting from Bulgaria – submit a Dossier and receive a match directly from MOJ, or identify a waiting child and apply to adopt that specific child.  The first tract will allow a family to be matched with a child with less severe needs and/or healthy sibling groups or healthy older children.  The second tract typically consists of waiting children with more significant special needs.  Either way, there are children waiting who need families!

The requirements to adopt from Bulgaria are straightforward:

  • Married couples and single parents are eligible
  • Parents must be at least 15 years older than the child(ren) they wish to adopt
  • There is no specific requirement regarding length of marriage or prior divorces, however the strength of the current marriage and relationship history is taken into account
  • Parents should have good general physical and mental health
  • Parents should not have an extensive criminal history
  • Parents should have an annual income over the poverty guideline 

We return from our trip not exhausted from travel, but instead with a new found passion ignited to do our part to find families for the waiting children of Bulgaria. Could your child be waiting for you there?

Please visit our website if you are interested in learning more about this wonderful program, and the beautiful children who wait for you! Or, email for more information!

From Adoption Professional to Adoptive Mom

Misty Lucas, MAA’s Illinois Executive Director and Colombia Program Director, graciously shares with us her journey from adoption professional, to host family, to adoptive Mom.

What lead you to decide to host a child from Colombia? My husband and I have always had a passion for children, and in helping them to mature and be the best they can be whether through coaching, teaching, mentoring, and now Hosting.  As you hear about children who do not have families you want to help, and we felt that the best way for us to help was to advocate.  However, we quickly discovered that we needed to do more to share Angie’s story.  Hosting allowed us to be proactive and directly involved in advocating for her and finding her forever family.  We were a family of five, and only had one child still at home.  So we decided as a family that the we wanted to do more for Angie, and that meant hosting her.  We also knew it would be fun to share our culture with her and learn more about her culture!

What was your motivation to host?  Our motivation initially was to become active and diligent in finding Angie a forever family.  However, as we fell more in love with her and her personality, our motivation shifted to the possibility of adopting her.  While we knew our desires to adopt her, we also realized that we wanted to be sure she understood everything that adoption meant for her – did she understand and enjoy US culture?  Did she thoroughly understand that she would be leaving her birth country?  Did she want to be adopted?  We wanted to adopt her, as did our three children!  But we wanted to be sure that is what she wanted too.

What were you and your family most excited about when it came to hosting?  Most nervous about? As a family, we were excited about being given the opportunity to expose Angie to new experiences.  Experiences such as sitting around the table and telling stories to each other, playing the Wii until late at night, staying in a hotel, learning to bowl, participating in vacation bible school, allowing her to pick out her own shoes and clothes, getting hugs, late night dances in the kitchen, making cookies, learning to eat peanut butter and sliced apples, having a birthday party just for her, being a part of a family that had no expectations of her.  The greatest fear for me personally was cooking food she would like.  I am not a cook, and am always self-conscious about what I cook.  She is a picky eater.  Our food is nothing like Colombian food and the recipes don’t translate well. (I still don’t cook food she likes, but we are learning and adjusting.)

Tell us about those 3 weeks…  The first week was wonderful!  She was excited to see us at the airport!  She was compliant, and we were all on our best behavior.  Our adult children came home, and Angie was entertained every second of the day.  It was great!  Then the second week came along, and life got busy with work for Jack and me.  Our teenage daughter was working as well, and it wasn’t always fun.  She was a trooper through it all.  We had told her the very first day that she was with us that she was allowed to tell us what she was feeling and would not get in trouble.  She would tell us when she didn’t like something and would tell us when she was bored.  We would adjust as needed.  She learned to trust us some during that second week as she quickly learned that things didn’t always go as planned, but that we kept our word from whatever we told her.  The third week was different, as Angie wanted to stay home.  She didn’t want to go and do things, but just wanted to be at home.  She expressed that she loved her room.  She also would ask to play games with the whole family.  About two days before it was time for Angie to leave, we noticed that she started distancing herself.  She was not as happy and would pull away if we hugged her.  She even became mean in how she picked on our teenage daughter.  The night before she left to go back to Colombia, she came and asked me to brush her hair and then asked my daughter to paint her fingernails.  (Not things that this very independent child had done before.)  The morning that she left, she got caught up in talking to her friends and barely gave us hugs when she left.  This hurt as we wanted her to want to be with us.  The reality is that she did want to be with us but was afraid of being hurt so she distanced herself.  When she got back to Colombia, she talked about us and showed people her photo album of her family.

What lead you to consider adopting your host child?  Was there a big ‘ah-ha’ moment? It really is a God story.  Being passionate about advocating for Angie and feeling drawn to her.  I was already in LOVE like only a mother can be.  My husband said, “let’s host her and take the opportunity to get her in front of her forever family.  We will pray daily and allow God to lead us to her forever family.” We agreed to do this and within two days, my husband came into the bedroom that morning and said, “we are going to adopt her, if she wants to be adopted.”  He said that as he was getting ready and praying, he looked in the bathroom mirror and God basically said, ‘why are asking me for a father for her when I have already given her you.’ 

On a side note, 12 years ago I asked my husband if we could adopt.  He said no. I said I want a baby or a dog.  Thinking there was no way he would let me have a dog! (This was in the fall, probably about the same time that Angie was born.)  On Mother’s Day, I got a dog.  My dog is 12 years old and Angie loves her.   Angie is 12 years old.  My heart was led to adoption 12 years ago in preparation for Angie.  Jacks heart was changed to move towards adoption when we decided to host. 

What was the most challenging part of the adoption process?  For us the most challenging part of the adoption process was the waiting!  I was ready to bring her home as soon as hosting was over, however, we had to wait for Colombia to process our dossier and make our match.  And then Angie was going back and forth on whether or not she wanted to be adopted.   She had even refused to skype with us for a period of time.  We waited for about 6 weeks while she participated in counseling and the orphanage staff worked with her to see when we would be able to come for her.  Jack and I did a lot of praying.  We finally found peace within ourselves by acknowledging that her past and her experiences are not rooted in trust, especially trust of adults.  We realized that we just need to be there for her.  To be present if/when she needed us.  We even told Colombia that we would do what they felt was best for Angie.  If that meant that we did not get to adopt her then we would adjust and figure out how to show our love and support for her from afar.  She was our daughter in our hearts, and we always wanted to be there for her, even if it meant not living in the same home.  About a week later, Angie began telling her staff and peers that her family was coming to get her on a specific day and that she had the best family. She had chosen us!  And we were reunited with her this past January.  This time, forever.

When my husband told her recently that we knew during hosting that we wanted to adopt her but couldn’t tell her, she smiled and said, “I know”.  When I told her that I have loved her from the very first time I met her, she smiled and said, “I know”.

As a therapist and professional in social services, I know that she had to figure out what was best for her and what she wanted for this to all work out like it has, but man was that HARD on a momma! 

As an adoption professional turned adoptive Mom, what were the most eye-opening parts for you? The paperwork is crazy!  Why does one have to be fingerprinted three times for a Colombian adoption?!  Adoption literally is a step of faith as you expose every aspect of your life to strangers in your state, country, and Colombia in hopes that they will say you are good enough to adopt a child.

How has going through the process yourself affected your work with prospective adoptive parents? Going through this process has made me more aware of the knowledge adoptive parents need to have about trauma and about raising a child who has not lived in your home since birth.  Adoption is hard!  The process is hard!  Having patience for other people to make decisions on your behalf is hard!  Disappointments are hard! Raising a child who has not lived in your home since birth is hard!  Life will never be as it was before, but rather we have the opportunity to take this adventure as a family, not a family of five, but now as a family of six.  Professionally, I had the knowledge of how trauma affects children and how adoption impacts the family dynamics, but living it is a completely different reality.  Reality is that we are six individuals who chose to be a family and we deserve to be given dignity and love.  We cannot expect one another to be the same.  If we live with the reality of who we are then this journey as a family will be easier.  We are Lucas Family of six!!!  We will support each other through every step of life.

Anything else you would like to share?  Just some of my thoughts as I reflect on the current place we are at.  Some children want to leave what they have always known.  Others want to hold on to it and reject what is new.  We as parents have to figure out how to balance that.  In our home we have told Angie that we want her to learn English and use it at school when she can.  At home she can continue to speak in Spanish until she is ready to use it all the time.  This is something she can control.  We also have befriended other adoptive families from Colombia, some who have adopted her friends and some who adopted other children.  We allow her to skype and communicate with friends from Colombia.  We don’t ever want her to feel like we are taking her away from the culture and people she has always known.  There again it is not about doing what is comfortable, but about adjusting to our new normal.

Thank you Misty, for sharing your amazing story with us! To learn more about hosting, or about adoption, please visit our website.

Our Story – The Murray’s {Hosting}

His room is emptier now. The baseball glove and Phillies ball cap are gone. Toy racecars that once “vrrroommmed” through the house are now silent. A single belt hangs in the closet, the only item of clothing left behind. And dust covers black and white Aztec-style chess figurines, frozen in battle, unmoved since he left.

When “Alejandro” arrived, he carried only a small duffle bag with just a few changes of clothing, some toiletries, and a notebook. Clarissa made him a blanket and since he enjoyed baseball so much, we bought him a ball and glove with a Phillies cap. He kept his belongings neatly, placing them in precisely the same spot each evening before going to bed. (Photo by Alan M. Murray)

I looked out the kitchen window. “Has it really only been less than a day,” I thought as a squirrel tightroped across the wooden picket fence in our backyard and jumped. “Alejandro” (that’s not his real name) used to sit there for hours watching them, fascinated by chipmunks, butterflies, and birds.

An orange Post-It, just one of several dozen spattered throughout the house, still sticks to the glass with the Spanish “ventana” written in scratches of black ink alongside its English counterpart, “window,” just one of the many words he taught himself.

We’re Alan and Clarissa Murray. We live in the Philadelphia, Pa. area, not far from where we grew up. We both speak Spanish fluently and have lived and worked abroad, Clarissa in Spain, and Alan in Argentina. We’ve been hoping to adopt children and unexpectedly met “Alejandro” when we were invited by Madison Adoption Associates to host an orphan from Colombia in our home over the summer. (Photo by Alan M. Murray)

After almost two years of researching, considering, and exploring adoption through the State of Pennsylvania, we were invited to host a 12-year-old orphan from Colombia in our home for three weeks.

Since we both speak Spanish fluently, we were excited about using our language skills to help a less fortunate child living in an institution over 2000 miles from our  home to have a good experience visiting the United States. While we weren’t seriously considering the lengthy, costly international adoption process, we had no idea how the next month would change our lives. From the moment that he greeted us at the airport with his arms wide open and embraced us, it was obvious that he was someone special. That feeling only grew as his visit drew to a close.

“Alejandro” greets us at the Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pa. Before meeting, we were allowed one thirty-minute video chat, where we showed him around our home, met his chaperone, Monica, and learned that he was hoping to see a baseball game and go to the pool. (Photo by Alan M. Murray)

On his last day, as we drove back to the Philadelphia International Airport, he sat in the backseat and said again and again, “No quiero ir. No quiero ir.” [I don’t want to go. I don’t want to go.]

But he had to go.

Immigration regulations and adoption policies for both countries insisted on that. Still, we couldn’t sit idly by while he resumed life without a family and a permanent home. Only a moment after he disappeared through the security line, we turned to the social worker and said, “How do we adopt him?”….

To Be Continued…

Thank you, Alan and Clarissa, for sharing your story! To read more of Alan and Clarissa’s story, follow their blog. And to learn more about hosting opportunities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Illinois, click here, or email

It Takes a Village

Community.  What does the word mean to you?  To me it means relationships, support, comradery.  It means there are people ‘in my corner’ who I can turn to not only when I need help, but for general connection as well.  And here at Madison Adoption Associates, we realize the importance of communities and connection, and we do all we can to be a part of, contribute to, and nurture the communities we are a part of.

Because we believe in the connection of community so strongly, it is the reason that we structure our hosting program the way we do – rooted in community, rooted in supports, rooted in connections.  We only work with host families in the states that we are licensed in – Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Illinois (please note that while we are licensed in Delaware, unfortunately Delaware does not approve of orphan hosting programs).  We understand the magnitude of what not only our host families are undertaking, but what the children will go through as well.  And, because of this, we believe it is crucial to nourish our families and host children with support, connection, and presence.  We keep our families ‘close’ for their sake, and for the sake of the children.

Throughout the hosting session, MAA host families are provided the opportunity to connect with each other, for the children to see their friends, and to have the support of trained professionals who are all just a quick drive away.  Our staff routinely visit the children and families during the hosting session, providing guidance, counsel, and whatever supports that family needs to thrive during the host session, and beyond.

Live in PA, NJ, or IL?  We would love to welcome you to our community with open arms.  Contact us today ( to learn more about changing a life – yours and theirs – by hosting.  Or visit our website.

The Face of an Angel

It’s an exciting time of year here at Madison Adoption Associates. You see, we are very busy gearing up for our Summer hosting session, and part of that process is ‘meeting’ the children who are eligible to participate. Enter Ciara! When I opened her picture, a smile immediately came across my face because of the big smile on hers. Something about her just struck me. I saw innocence, sweetness, hope, and joy, all wrapped up in the face of an angel!

8-year-old Ciara is available to be hosted by a qualified family in Illinois, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania. The tentative dates are July 22 – August 7, 2019.

What is orphan hosting? A hosting program is a strategy used to identify possible permanent families for waiting children who have been cleared for inter-country adoption and are patiently waiting for their adoptive placement. These children will be able to experience family life and be exposed to a more stimulating environment than in the institutions where they currently live. However, it is not just the children who will benefit, but you and your entire family. The hosting experience will affect you in many ways – dispel any fears about adopting an older child, teach your children a valuable lesson in compassion, expose your friends and family to the orphan crisis, and give you the opportunity to have an integral role in orphan advocacy.

Click Here to learn more about Hosting!

Not in a position to host this summer? You are still in a position to advocate for these precious children! Please share this post with your family and friends…you never know who will be moved to step forward.

Looking for the Love of A Family

My son was born with a hole in his heart.  I was a first time Mom.  Just hearing those words….”Hole” and “Heart” sent me into full-on panic.  I had fears.  I had questions.  I had so many emotions running through me.  But I also had access to doctors, cardiologists, a state-of-the-art hospital, and a rock-solid support system.  Even with all of those supports, it was still one of my hardest moments.  Turns out it was on the minor side, and only required monitoring for several years – eventually resolving on its own.

But every time I read a file of a child with CHD, I am taken back to that moment….New Mom, hearing the words…”Hole”…”Heart,” and my heart aches for the mothers in other parts of the world who had the same fears, questions, and emotions that I did, but with no supports.  With no state-of-the-art facilities to turn to.  With no way to help their baby.  And my heart aches for them.

Meet Hanna and Ashton.  Two amazing ‘heart warriors.’  Two kiddos with imperfect hearts who need access to not only medical care, but to the love and support of a family who will see them through whatever procedures they need.


Ashton and Hanna are available for adoption through Madison Adoption Associates.  Both qualify for the $1,000 For Ivy grant, as well as other MAA grants.  To learn more about Ashton and Hanna, and our other Heart Warriors, complete the Prospective Adoptive Parent form.  You can also ‘meet’ many of our waiting children by visiting our website.

Double Broken-Hearted

Double Broken-Hearted

What exactly does it mean to have a broken heart?  Of course, there is the figurative meaning that feelings of lost love are so strong, it truly feels like your actual physical heart is broken.  And then there is the literal meaning when your heart does not work like it physically should.  But what about when both are present?  What should we call it then?  Double broken hearted?  Enter Grayson.  One of the sweetest boys I have ever encountered in my entire life.

Some might say Grayson has a double broken heart, literally and figuratively.  Literally, because it doesn’t quite work as it should.  Figuratively, because he still waits for a family.  But, after meeting Grayson, I refuse to believe that this boy’s heart is anything but pure, sweet, and amazing just like him.  Despite all he has been through physically and emotionally, he is sweet, empathetic, kind, and caring.  Grayson loves so much more than many people I know with ˜perfect’ hearts.  Not to mention his smile that completely lights up the room.

Today is Grayson’s birthday.  He’s 11.  So to celebrate Grayson today, and his perfectly imperfect heart, please share about him with all you know, in hopes that his next birthday will be celebrated with a full heart surrounded by family and love.  Include a simple heart emoji with your post or forward¦let’s light up social media with hearts for Grayson!

Grayson is available for adoption through Madison Adoption Associates.  There is a $4,000 grant (which includes the $1,000 For Ivy grant) available to the family who steps forward for Grayson.  Please email for more information, or complete our Prospective Adoptive Parent form.  And if you are not in a position to adopt right now, please share!!

For Ivy Honoring a Hero {An MAA Grant for children with complex CHD}

For Ivy  Honoring a Hero {An MAA Grant for children with complex CHD}

We are honored to be able to share Ivy’s story with you.  We would especially like to thank Mary and Bryan S., Ivy’s parents, for not only opening their own hearts to a child with complex CHD, but also for their willingness to share their precious Ivy with us.  Thank you, Mary, for your beautiful words¦

Honoring our Hero,

For those of you who are new to our story, our precious Ivy Joy went home to Jesus on March 20, 2017. Ivy had a complex heart defect with many complications and many miracles to follow. She came home at 21 months, unrepaired and very sick, but more importantly, incredibly wanted and incredibly loved. She would undergo 5 open heart surgeries in 10 months, have set back after set back, and miracle after miracle. She just never stopped fighting and she never stopped smiling. Friends, when our girl could have said, œwhy me?, she said, œHow blessed am I?  Honestly, she never ever complained or felt sorry for herself. She woke up every morning, choosing JOY in spite of her circumstances. She is such a special child and she knew it, boy did she know it!!!! I know our girl is alive in heaven, singing with the angels, dancing with all the other precious children whose mommies and daddies also had to say goodbye for now, all too soon.

When I left for China to bring our precious 5-year-old daughter Charlotte home, my biggest fear was that my plane might crash and Ivy would no longer have me to mix her medicines, remember all the right snacks to take with us for her ongoing cardiology appointments, or care for her the way I do. I prepared the girls Easter baskets before I left, telling our older daughter where they were in case anything happened to me. The last thing on my mind was the thought of me, having to learn live life without Ivy.

On March 20, 2017, just hours after meeting Charlotte in China, our baby girl, the light of our lives, took her last breath at home and took her very first breath in heaven. Our lives were turned upside down in one second and I am here to tell you, we continue choosing joy because she taught us how. So, we continue to strive each day to make her proud of us as we count the days till we see her and hold her again. It is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I don’t like it, but she taught me well and Jesus made a way for us to be together again so I have so much to be thankful for. He never promised she’d make it past her first surgery, but she did. I vowed to Him the day she came out of her first open heart surgery on ECMO that if He took her home that night, I’d still praise Him, I’d still thank Him, for the blessing of being her mommy even for just a few months. Well, with miracle after miracle, Ivy did come home. And we snuggled and giggled and grew and laughed and loved and learned so much from her for 5 precious years. Oh how I miss every single thing about her. It is new grief every single day and new mercies get us through every single morning.

I traveled to China on March 18th for a March 20th gotcha day. I was so very blessed to have had a friend traveling with me on this trip. And I will never forget just laying on my bed, screaming out in pain and agony and complete brokenness. She came to me, so completely broken and scared and worried and she said, œhoney, what do you want to do? whatever you want, however you want to go about it, no one will judge you, everyone will understand that there is no wrong or right here.

And without even having to think, with the power of the Holy Spirit and the gift of all the modeling by example Ivy Joy had done for me over the 5 years I was blessed to have her on earth, I answered.

I said, œKim, Charlotte waited 5 years to have a family, she did nothing wrong, and there is no way that Ivy would have any part of me leaving her in China. I am Charlotte’s mom as much as I am Ivy’s. And what I want is to get home to my family as fast as anyone could ever fathom, with Charlotte holding my hand. I want God to move mountains for me to get home tomorrow, so I can grieve with my family and see my baby for the last time, even if it’s just her shell.

And so, with my friend’s non-stop work, and with the efforts and kind hearts of both the Chinese and American consulate, and the constant help and support of Madison Adoption Associates, Charlotte and I made history and finalized her adoption the next morning, and came home. My poor girl was so confused and scared watching this new mommy of hers cry so much. And it got even more frightening when we arrived to a group of 8 more people crying and grieving. But she was grieving too, so we quickly bonded, as we all understood what loss felt like. The beauty of our grief was that we had each other to grieve with and at that moment, it was the only thing that mattered.

February is such an important month in our home! February is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness month and February is the month that we adopted Ivy and she became our beloved daughter! We met on February 13th (œher gothcha) and on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, we signed all the China documents that made it official. How perfect that her family day was on Valentine’s Day!!!

I will end this with a testimony of the gift our daughter was to us. If I had a chance to do life over, with this same scenario and this same outcome, I would have my hands in the air with the biggest YES just to be her mommy for however long God gave me! YES it was worth it, YES it was hard, YES it is hard, and YES life is so much better because she was in it. Easy is just that, easy. Easy would have meant that there was no Ivy Joy. No being Ivy’s family. We know that true joy is chosen. It is searched for and chosen. We give thanks for so much more than just things that can be seen. We have experienced the richness of life, we have seen miracles, and we have watched doctors scratch their heads as Ivy recovered from things that she was not expected.

We have seen heartache that we wish NO ONE would ever have to experience. Every moment, every high and every low, was so worth it!

Reading the file of a child with heart defects is scary stuff, it’s not for the faint at heart, it comes with no promises. But behind that file, is just a little child who needs a family! We had no idea how much we needed Ivy, but it was certainly more than she needed us. Our YES was hard; but with our YES came unspeakable joy!

Don’t let HARD scare you. Hard teaches, hard grows us, hard matures us, and hard causes us to reach out for the only hand that will always be there for us, today, tomorrow, yesterday, and infinitely.

With Love and Joy,


MAA is humbled to offer the ˜For Ivy’ $1,000 grant to families adopting any child with complex CHD.  And while we are featuring Ivy’s story in February in honor of Heart Awareness month, we are happy to offer this grant year-round, as we stand by all children with CHD like Ivy, and strive to get them all home as soon as possible.  To meet some of the children we are advocating for with complex CHD, please visit our website.

If you are not in a position to adopt, but would still like to help bring these children home, please consider donating to the For Ivy grant so that we can offer this grant for years to come!

The You Now – Johnny

The You Now – Johnny

Oh Johnny!  You are so much more than number three thousand five hundred and ninety-eight.  We knew that all along¦.but now we can share more of you with the world!!  The you that is NOW, not just the you from ten years ago.  The you now is active and busy, but also well-behaved and obedient.  The you now can run, jump, and climb like other kiddos your age, and do all the fine motor skills of your peers as well!  The you now tries hard in school, and has good relationships with friends.  The you now cares about others, and has no challenges with language.  Your speech is comparable with adults!  And Johnny, last but not least, the you now knows what adoption is, and the you now wants to be adopted.

Dear, sweet Johnny.  You are perfect.  You have sat on the shared list for years, just as a number.  But you are oh so much more than that.  The you now is perfect, as was the you then.  And our hope and prayer for you is that your Mama and Baba will see the you now, and step up and say you are meant to be theirs!

Johnny is currently waiting with Madison Adoption Associates.  He will turn 11-years-old in a few months.  There is a $1,000 grant available to the family who adopts Johnny, with other grants possible.  To learn more, please complete the Prospective Adoptive Parent form.

Three thousand five hundred ninety-eight

Three thousand five hundred ninety-eight

I was perusing the shared list as I do most nights, searching by gender, then by age, then by province, then by special need.  Clicking on so many different files, and seeing so many different faces.  When for some reason I decided to open the absolute last file on the list.  Number 3,598.  Yes, that is number three thousand five hundred and ninety-eight.  Say it with me¦.THREE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED AND NINETY-EIGHT.  I can’t even comprehend how huge that number is when it is in reference to waiting children.  And, as we know, that number doesn’t even scratch the surface of the number of orphans in the world.  Any way….I digress.  Back to that file¦.the last one on the list.  #3598.  I knew I had to do something for him.  Because he is not just the last file on the list.  He is not just number three thousand five hundred and ninety-eight.  He is a child.  He is a boy.  He is a soul.  Waiting.  Waiting for what all the children are waiting for¦.a family to say Yes to him.

So as I open his file and start reading, I notice the date that it was posted to the shared list.  March 19, 2010.  9 years ago.  Nine years.  And since we’re talking about numbers here, let’s say that number together too¦..NINE YEARS.  His file was released 9 years ago.  What were you doing then?  I was getting ready to meet my first child.  Who is now ALMOST 9.  I feel like I have lived an entire lifetime in these past 9 years.  And that whole time, Johnny has been waiting on some list. 

His file was completed when he was 4 months old.  He’ll turn 11 in a few short months.  His file talks about baby babble, and rolling over.  There is nothing about his life as a toddler, or as a little boy, or as now a young man.  Nothing about his likes and dislikes.  There are no updates.  Of course we are doing all we can to get an update, but what if we can’t?  What does that mean for Johnny?  That he will continue to hold his spot as #3598?  The last on the list?  The one that sat and sat and sat for years, with no one asking about him, until he turns 14 and loses his chance at a family?  Please, please let that not be the case.  Johnny needs more than just us fighting for him.  He needs a family fighting for him.  Demanding answers.  Begging for updates.  Johnny needs a family, his family, to step up and never, ever let him hold last place again.

Johnny is currently waiting with Madison Adoption Associates.  He will turn 11-years-old in a few months.  There is a $1,000 grant available to the family who adopts Johnny, with other grants possible.  To learn more, please complete the Prospective Adoptive Parent form.

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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