"Autumn paints in colors that summer has never seen."
A BIG thanks to everyone who made it to the Brittany's Hope 5k!

Your participation allowed Brittany's Hope to meet their 2017 goal in providing medical care, food, clean water, and cribs for orphans around the world.

It was great to spend the day with all of you. We hope to see you back next year!
Let's give Jinny a warm welcome as she joins the MAA Team!

Jinny O joined us September 11th as our new Adoption Caseworker. Jinny's family emigrated from Korea in the early 70’s. She was born in Fairfax, VA and raised in Warminster, PA. She graduated from Penn State University with a major in Human Development and Family Studies with a focus on children and youth. She has over seven years of international adoption experience and her passion is helping children in need. Her favorite part of this job is speaking to the families when their children finally arrive home, listening to the happiness in their voices as they share their stories with her. She believes that all children deserve a family and the opportunity to grow up in a happy home; to pursue their dreams and as roots of this world, help it strive to be better. We have enjoyed getting to know her genuine heart for adoption and we hope you will too!
CCCWA Background Information for Adoptees from China

CCCWA, as the Chinese Central Authority for the Hague Adoption Convention, serves as the main point of contact for adoptive parents and/or adoptees who are interested in obtaining additional information about their child’s or their own pre-adoption background.
Persons adopted from China who have inquiries regarding their personal background should address their questions to The China Center for Children's Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA). Providing as much detail as possible about the adoptee's circumstances will assist CCCWA to respond. There may be limited information for adoption cases in China that occurred prior to 2011.
CCCWA's contact information is:
China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA)
16 Wang Jia Yuan Lane
Dongcheng District
Beijing, China 100027
Tel: 010-655-48998
Email:  cccwa@cccwa.cn  
Please contact the Office of Children’s Issues at adoption@state.gov for additional information.
For interested families,
this in-person workshop will be held Thursday, October 19th 7-830pm , and presented by Erin D. Berman, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist, NIMH. The class will be located at:

Johns Hopkins University, Montgomery County Campus, 9601 Medical Center Drive, Building 9605 (Building III), Room 121, Rockville, MD 20850.

The topics will include: 
  • How to identify an anxious child
  • How to change anxious thinking
  • The science and biological roots of anxiety in children
  • How computer technology is transforming the understanding of anxiety
  •  Current treatment options (medications & CBT: cognitive behavioral therapy).

This event is free and open to the public. This session will not be recorded. Seating is limited.

For families who are not able to make the in-person workshop, a similar workshop is available on the NIMH YouTube channel. Click here to watch!
These children came home to forever families in September!
China will be closed Oct 1st - Oct 8th as they celebrate Golden Week.
If you are a family in process, please keep in mind no packages will be going in or out of China during this time. We thank you for your patience!