Caseworker & New Client Packet
As soon as MAA receives your application documents and fee, we will assign you to one of our wonderfully competent Caseworkers. Your Caseworker will be your primary contact throughout your adoption to answer questions, provide additional information, and support you through each step of the process. At this time, we will also send you the MAA New Client Packet which includes all of the step-by-step instructions for the first stages of the adoption process, including the home study, the pre-adoptive training, the US immigration application, and the dossier.
The New Client Packet will also contain the MAA Adoption Contract and other documents that need to be signed and returned to MAA as soon as possible.
It is important to begin your home study as soon as possible because it can take several months to complete. There will be a packet of information in your New Client Packet that you are asked to pass along to the social worker at your first home study visit. Your social worker/home study agency will sign and return the necessary forms from this packet to MAA.
- Using MAA as your home study provider (residents of Delaware, Illinois, New Jersey and Pennsylvania).
- Using another agency as your home study provider (residents of other states).
Matching with a Waiting Child (Matched)
“We just accepted the referral of a child to adopt through Madison Adoption Associates! Now what do we do?”
The adoptive family should do the following research and preparation before submitting an Adoption Application to MAA to adopt a specific waiting child:
- Research the child’s special needs condition(s), including appropriate support groups for parenting a child with those special needs. Please refer to these medical resources as needed:
- Obtain detailed information from doctors, specialists, friends, or families who have children with the same conditions.
- Identify medical specialists who can treat or consult about the condition of the child. If needed, please refer to this list of well-known International Adoption Medical Clinics.
- Be prepared to show proof of parental training, experience, education and/or understanding regarding the specific medical condition.
- Understand that MAA will continue to advocate for the child until you have a current, valid home study.
The following documents must be completed and sent to MAA. These documents may be scanned and sent via email to Sarah Hansen, International Programs Director; however, we must receive the original signed documents for your adoption case file.
- Agency Application
- Copy of current, valid home study when available
- Adoption Letter of Application/Letter of Intent
Please refer to the Sample LOI for the format of this document. Three (3) originals of this letter, signed and notarized must be mailed to MAA for your adoption process. Your letter needs to be specific to the child you are intending to adopt. Please email your letter to Sarah@MadisonAdoption.org for review PRIOR to notarization. The letter MUST include the following:
(1) Information regarding your knowledge, experience, training, etc. concerning the special medical condition of the child. State that you are willing to provide the child with whatever medical course of action is necessary for their special need.
(2) Information regarding the medical review of the child’s referral file. Include the name and location of the medical professional who provided this review.
(3) Information regarding how you will help your child adjust to a new family, home, language, and culture. Include your plans for the child’s future education, medical treatments, surgeries, rehabilitation, therapies, etc.
(4) You MUST include that you will love and cherish the child, will never abandon, mistreat, or abuse the child, and that the child will have all of the same rights and inheritance as if born to you.
(5) State that you will complete the required post adoption reports at 30 days, 6 months, 12 months, and 2 years.
- Waiting Child Referral Agreement
The letter must include the name of the doctor/facility who reviewed the child’s referral for you.
- Application Fee
The MAA application fee is $500. MAA also requires families to pay a portion of the agency fee ($3000) before we will submit your Letter of Intent to MOJ. MAA is not currently set up to accept credit card payments. Please send a check or money order directly to the MAA Delaware Office.
Pre-Approval: Within several weeks after submitting your LOI and application to MOJ, MAA will receive notice that you are approved to move forward with the adoption. Your Caseworker will notify you when this notice has been issued for your case. Note: you will be required to submit your full Dossier within 6 months of the pre-approval notice.
Preparing your Dossier to be Matched with a Child (Unmatched)
“We just submitted our application to MAA and plan to submit our dossier before accepting the referral of a child to adopt through Madison Adoption Associates!”
- Research special needs conditions listed on MAA’s Special Needs Questionnaire, including appropriate support groups for parenting a child with the special needs you selected. Please refer to these medical resources as needed:
- Line up the doctors and/or medical specialists who agree to provide their opinions and feedback about the child very quickly after receiving the referral file. There are doctors who specialize in evaluating the medical referrals for international children available for adoption. This can be challenging without advance planning! If needed, please refer to this list of well-known International Adoption Medical Clinics.