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Find My Forever: Ember

February 20, 2019 0 Comments

Ember is an adorable little girl, born in January of 2010, who lives with a foster family. Ember is very close to her foster grandparents and to her teachers. She plays well with the siblings in her foster family and the other children in her class.



Ember likes blocks, puzzles, and games. She loves to build or put things together. Ember has very good receptive language, but is delayed in regards to her expressive language. She can say short sentences with a few words and she uses facial expressions to help express her needs.

Ember can also say the names of all the members of her foster family. She understands and can follow directions. Ember is receiving rehabilitation training in music education, motion function training, and acupuncture. She likes to listen to music and watch cartoons when she is not building with blocks or putting together big puzzles.



Ember has good self help skills. She can put on her clothes and put on and take off her shoes. At the time her file was prepared, she did need some help with toileting. She is also helpful around the home with things she is able to do.

Ember can walk for a long distance while holding onto a walker. Her fine motor skills are pretty good. She is able to pinch small objects, manipulate puzzle pieces, and string beads. Ember is shy, especially around strangers. She initiates communication with familiar people, but is much quieter around people she doesn’t know well.

A few years ago, Ember’s best friend was adopted and, ever since, Ember has been very eager to have a family with a loving mother “who belongs to her.”



Ember was diagnosed as having cerebral palsy. Her file later mentions a deformity of the fingers on her right hand and the toes on her left foot.

Ember has a $1,000 agency grant for her 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.

Ember needs a family with an approved home study to be able to move forward with adopting her. If you have an approved home study or a home study in process and are interested in adopting Ember, please fill out a free PAP Waiting Child Review Form, which can be found here.

Your Broken-Hearted Brave Hope

February 18, 2019 0 Comments

Dear Heart Warrior Mamas,

Before we adopted our daughter, who was born with congenital heart disease (CHD), I didn’t know so many things. But you and my daughter have taught me..



I didn’t know what it meant to advocate for your own child. I have watched you learn medical terminology. I have witnessed your brave fight to have a clear mind and think through all the information you have been given to question the medical staff properly — even though you haven’t been sleeping well, you are separated from your children at home, you are blurry eyed and foggy brained.

I have seen your other children come and cheer your heart warrior even though they are having their own trauma during this time and missing you at home so much. Their brave is so big and their love so great. And so is yours. I have read your words of grief at wishing to be two places at once, but knowing you need to be in the hospital.



I have seen you go head-to-head with doctors and nurses and advocate for their needs, to educate others on trauma, attachment, and the specific needs of your heart-warrior.

It is very lonely in that hospital room that seems like a sterile cage, so you count blessings on your Facebook groups and post prayer requests. And I watch and join the community praying for you. Huddle around you, rally and fight beside you.



I have seen all you mothers of broken-hearted children surround and support other families in their hard, even as you fight in your own hard. It has taken my breath away.

I have seen you leave the hospital, rejoicing to go home and be all together at home.

I have seen you leave the hospital, holding your broken-hearted child close, so thankful for this time to go home–but overshadowed by all that is still before you.



And I have seen you leave the hospital with empty arms. With grief that will never, ever end.

In all this, you have taught me, fellow mama of a broken-hearted child, to choose the hard.

Choose the risk.

Choose the broken.

Because the beauty and love there is worth it.



I want to honor you all. Honor all the ways each of you fight daily for your heart warrior. You have touched my heart and moved it so completely.

Thank you for choosing the hard. For having hope despite the doctor’s diagnosis. Thank you for allowing me into your life and for being a strong place of support as I walk my own hard and struggles with our broken-hearted warrior.



I am blessed by you. You have taught me “To look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time: Thus is your time on earth filled with glory,” as Betty Smith once wrote.

So holding my heart warrior close, I drink in her smell and laughter and life. And because of all you, and she, have taught me — we are once again walking into the doors of adoption.

Arms and hearts open for whatever God will give us.



Thank you for your broken-hearted brave hope.

– guest post by Beth-Anne

Meet Landry!

February 15, 2019 0 Comments

Landry is a beautiful girl, born in February of 2011, who is described as generous and thoughtful. Landry enjoys listening to music, playing with stuffed animals, and playing outside.

Her caregivers describe her as energetic, extroverted, and occasionally a bit obstinate. When she is unhappy, Landry’s caregivers comfort her by giving her gifts or holding her. She can speak in 5-10 word sentences and communicates well with her caregivers. However, when compared to her peers, she is said to be delayed.



Landry has been living with a foster family since March of 2011. She enjoys many types of food including steamed buns, dumplings, meat, vegetables, and fruit. She does not care for pepper. She is a deep sleeper and she shares a bed with her foster grandmother.

Landry is diagnosed as having tethered cord syndrome, Chiari malformation, and lumbosacral spinal meningocele for which she had surgery when she was only a few weeks old. She requires special shoes and she can walk when she is wearing them. Landry is not toilet trained because of her needs.

A forever family with access to good medical care is what Landry needs most!



You can see a video of Landry here.

Landry has a $1,000 agency grant for her 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.

Landry needs a family with an approved home study to be able to move forward with adopting her. If you have an approved home study or a home study in process and are interested in adopting Landry, please fill out a free PAP Waiting Child Review Form, which can be found here.

From Organ Donation To Graduation

February 13, 2019 0 Comments

Have you ever received news that was so hard to hear you actually felt like you were having an out of body experience? The afternoon of Evelyn’s heart catheterization, the day that doctors and surgeons came into a small room to explain to my husband and I that our little girl was more critical than …Read More

Urgent Waiting Child: Rupert

February 9, 2019 0 Comments

Urgent waiting child Rupert was recently recalled to his orphanage; he has a $5,000 Bright Futures Agency Grant and up to $10,000 Older Child Grant with Reece’s Rainbow! Smiley Rupert, born in July of 2007, had been in care of Bethel for the blind since he was two years old. Tragically, Rupert was recalled to …Read More

What to Expect: the Paperchase

February 5, 2019 3 Comments

What often scares people away from adoption? The paperwork. Guess what scared me away from adoption? Among other things, the paperwork. There is a cloud of dread that hangs over prospective parents when the topic of adoption comes up because they have “heard” about the extensive amount of grueling paperwork involved. And to be honest, …Read More

For Ivy: Honoring our Hero

February 3, 2019 0 Comments

It is with great joy that I share that Madison Adoption Agency is offering an adoption grant in honor of our daughter, and forever hero, Ivy Joy. 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 …Read More

Find My Family: Oliver

January 31, 2019 0 Comments

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 …Read More

Waiting For You: Thadd

January 30, 2019 0 Comments

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 …Read More

Urgent Child Spotlight: Harlow

January 29, 2019 0 Comments

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!” Beautiful Harlow was …Read More

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