Madison Minutes
August 2016

2016 Hosting Program Report


Madison Adoption Associates held two very successful summer hosting programs that has resulted in 14 children being matched to their forever families!

This was our first year of having a hosting program in Pennsylvania.  All 5 of the children who were hosted in PA are being adopted!

The children who participated in the hosting program all came from the Guangdong province in China.  They had 4 action-packed, fun-filled weeks in Pennsylvania and Illinois.  MAA hosted a picnic event for each location, with staff and other families having a chance to meet the children and have some play time with them.

We are grateful to Michelle McGowan in Illinois and Sarah Hansen in Pennsylvania for coordinating these programs.  They worked around the clock to make sure all of the hosted children, China  c haperones, and hosting families had everything they needed. 

Thank you to everyone who helped to make this year's program a huge success!


The Hosting Children from the Philippines will arrive in Springfield, Illinois on August 2 and will be with us until August 23.
MAA Summer Grants Offered

The Babies are coming... the Babies are coming!!

Non-Special Focus Boys & Girls

Start the adoption process now to receive a $1000 MAA Grant for the adoption of non-Special Focus (LID) girl and a $1500 MAA Grant for the adoption of a non-Special Focus (LID) boy.

* MAA's Partner Orphanages in China are preparing the files of many younger children - infants and toddlers - who will be assigned to our agency list for placement with LID families.

Special Focus Waiting Children

The adoption of all of the waiting children currently listed on MAA's website qualify for a $1000 MAA Summer Grant
Please complete the Prospective Adoption Parent Form to begin your adoption journey now!!
Have you read MAA's Blog?

So many wonderful stories and families who are willing to share their experiences!  Have your dancing shoes and tissues handy... some of the stories will make you want to dance with joy and others will pull at your heart strings!

Suggestions for your Summer Reading List...

Forever Mom: What to Expect When You are Adopting , by Mary Ostyn
Ostyn, mother of 10 children, 6 of whom were adopted, explores many aspects of adoption. Weaving her family's story with practical advice, Ostyn talks about preparing children for new siblings, bonding and discipline, keeping one's marriage healthy, addressing challenges, and establishing heart connections.

Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet: Tasting the Goodness of God in All Things , by Sara Hagerty
Using Proverbs 27:7 as her foundation, author Sara Hagerty walks readers through her journey of getting married and choosing to adopt, all while being in ministry and coping with life's spiritual ups and downs. Her honesty is refreshing, and she leaves her readers feeling hopeful, encouraged, and determined.

Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina , by Michaela DePrince with Elaine DePrince
Professional ballerina Michaela DePrince shares her story of losing her birth parents, navigating a war-torn country, living in an orphanage, and being adopted by American parents. DePrince's book highlights her professional accomplishments as well as the many ups and downs of her life, including dealing with her skin disorder, losing her brother, grappling with fear and rejection, and overcoming obstacles.

You Can Adopt Without Debt: Creative Ways to Cover the Cost of Adoption , by Julie Gumm
Gumm, an adoptive mother, shares her comprehensive and detailed advice on how an adoption can take place without a person going into debt. Her book not only details grants and creative fundraising, but she also offers advice on how to choose the right type of adoption for the family.

Separated at Birth: A True Love Story of Twin Sisters Reunited , by Anais Bordier & Samantha Futerman
25-year-old Sam is contacted via Facebook one day by a woman named Anais.  Anais, a young woman living in France, watched a You Tube video featuring a face that identically matched hers, the face of Samantha.  The girls discovered they are identical twins, adopted at birth by different families, and begin the journey of reconnecting.

The Many Faces of Josephine Baker: Dancer, Singer, Activist, Spy , by Peggy Caravantes
This biography explores the professional and personal life of Josephine Baker, a performer, racial equality activist, and mother of the "rainbow tribe," twelve children she adopted from all over the world.  Baker's life was often tumultuous and considered subversive and phenomenal, especially because of her multiracial family.

We are celebrating the homecoming of these children in July!

Jason & Robin
New Mexico
5 Years
Ronald & Dara
10 Years
Gio & Jana
2 Years
Jason & Danette
2 Years
Justin & Jessica
2 Years
Crystal & John
2 Years
George & Susan
13 Years
10 Years

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