As the new year begins we want to take a moment to reflect on the past year and thank you for your devotion to our mission. Because of you, MAA was able to place a total of 118 children in 2017! We placed 2 beautiful children from Bulgaria, 3 smiling faces from the Philippines, and 113 sweethearts from China. This past year was full of transitions and changes, but we are excited for the opportunities the new year is bringing. We look forward to serving you in 2018!

Madison Adoption Associates
Let our annual Lunar New Year Adoptive Family Celebration be the first event on your 2018 calendar!

Sunday, February 11th

This is a wonderful time to connect with other adoptive families and catch up with MAA staff in person. Enjoy face painting, take-home crafts, entertainment, and a delicious spread. We ask that everyone bring a potluck dish to share. We hope to see you there!
Pre-Adoptive Parent Training in Illinois
January 6, 2018
9 am – 1 pm
Light snack & lunch provided

The Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) in Illinois requires that every adoptive parent receive a minimum of 4 hours of In-Person Prospective Parent Adoption Training. These hours go toward your total training hours of 10 or 12 (China) which are required. The Training Session will cover important issues for parents to consider as they plan for adoption. The curriculum includes:

Preparing for a Successful Adoption
Process for Completing an Adoption
Adoption as a Legal Process
Understanding a Child’s Prior Experience and How They Effect Adoptive Placements
Medical Risks
Attachment Issues
Openness as a Continuum in Adoption
Special Issues in Adoption
Issues Specific to a Child’s Special Needs
The training is $100 per session for Madison Adoption Associates clients (per family), or $150 per session for clients (per family) from other agencies. Single applicants are welcome to bring a support person. If a Prospective Parent requests an individual training session, the fee is double and the training will only be held in the Madison Adoption Associates office. All registrations are required at least a week in advance with Misty Lucas in Rochester at (217) 498-9700. Please have all payments sent into the office a week ahead of time.

We are busy gearing up for our Summer 2018
Hosting Session!  

We will welcome children from Colombia and Philippines to our hosting states – MD, PA, NJ, MO, and IL. We are currently actively seeking host families who are ready to tie up their laces and run a sprint for a child in need!! Interested in hosting? Email Sarah Hansen or visit our website for more information. Can’t commit to be a host family? WE STILL NEED YOU! We are seeking individuals to sponsor our host children to help ease the financial burden for those families ready to say YES.
These children came home in December and will ring in the new year with their forever family!