It has always been hard for me to write advocacy posts around the holidays. ‘But why? People are always more giving around the holidays….their hearts are usually more open. Wouldn’t that be the perfect time?’ Well, yes, you are right. I didn’t say it is not a good time to advocate (for the record, it is ALWAYS a good time to advocate. And we will continue to do so until no more children wait). I said it is hard for me to write advocacy posts around the holidays. You see, ‘the holidays’ isn’t just one day. For me at least, it pretty much spans from pre-Thanksgiving through early January. During these weeks, plans are being made, families and friends are coming together, traditions are being celebrated, bread is broken together, laughter is shared, and excitement is in the air. In my house, the wooden Rudolph countdown decoration is attended to first thing every morning by my youngest – ‘Only 19 days Mom!’ And tuck-in is filled with ‘Where will Simi the Elf be tomorrow?!’
It’s during the holidays that the gravity of waiting children, and their reality, lays heaviest on my heart. During this time, that for many of us, is filled with family, fellowship, and fullness – fullness of the heart, of the mind, and let’s be honest…of the belly. For children too – a time that is filled with wonder and magic. And as I sit here, next to the fire in my overly holiday decorated living room, waiting for the kids to run off the bus so we can go cut down our tree, my heart breaks even more for Madelaine. This girl, with her shy demeanor, and her sweet, infectious giggle, deserves to be embraced by a family. She deserves to be part of family traditions not just at the holidays, but year-round. She deserves love, she deserves to share in the wonder and the magic, she deserves a childhood. So please, take a moment during this busy, joyful time to pause and share about Madelaine’s need for a family. I believe in the magic of the holiday season, and I so want to believe that this will be Madelaine’s last one without a family.
Madelaine is 8-years-old, is visually impaired, and is waiting in China. She is available for adoption through Madison Adoption Associates. Madison Adoption Associates is happy to provide a $5,000 Bright Futures Grant to the family who steps forward to adopt Madelaine. Interested in learning more about Madelaine, and about the adoption process? Please complete and submit our free Prospective Adoptive Parent form, and an adoption specialist will be in touch.