In honor of National Glaucoma Awareness Month, the waiting children with glaucoma shared over the next few days are eligible for an additional $1,000 grant with Madison Adoption Associates. It is Madison’s hope and prayer that these grants will help ease some of the financial burden so that families can say “Yes!”
(If you haven’t already seen Harlow’s post, you can find it here.)
Thadd is an adorable little boy, born in August of 2012. Thadd’s nannies want to cuddle and kiss him whenever they see his big eyes and smile. They say that he’s still adorable even when he is angry and stomps his feet. When he’s upset, Thadd’s nannies cuddle him and he will quickly return to will smiling and playing. Thadd enjoys watching TV, playing with cups and spoons, and playing in the water. He likes to hold onto his quilt tightly when he sleeps.
Thadd was born with glaucoma and received surgery for it in March of 2016. His caregivers were given eye drops for him to use afterwards. At first he was very sensitive to light after surgery but, with time, his vision has improved.
He is also listed as having esotropia and choroidal detachment of his right eye. Thadd has been attending preschool at his orphanage. He is very curious about new things and loves to play. Thadd can feed himself with a spoon and drink from a cup. His speech was said to be delayed at the time his file was prepared, but he loves music and signing.
We’re hoping to see about getting an update to see how Thadd is doing now!
January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, and to celebrate that, Thadd now has a $1,500 agency grant for his adoption with Madison Adoption Associates. 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 (January and July) and to families that are officially matched with a child.
Thadd needs a family with an approved home study to be able to move forward with adopting him. If you have an approved home study or a home study in process and are interested in adopting Thadd, please fill out a free PAP Waiting Child Review Form, which can be found here.