Education Resources

Here at Madison Adoption Associates, we realize the importance of education and preparation when it comes to each and every adoption that we assist with.  We pride ourselves in going above and beyond when it comes to preparation, and with that in mind, we are constantly evaluating our current adoption preparation programs to ensure they are providing our clients with the highest level of training.  We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Creating a Family to help all MAA families, regardless of where they are in their adoption process!

Creating a Family is the national infertility, adoption, & foster care education and support nonprofit. Their mission is to strengthen families through unbiased education and support for infertility patients, adoptive parents, foster parents, and allied professionals. They are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Creating a Family (CAF) offers a massive library of adoption education, with courses suited for the start of the process, and all the way through post-placement and beyond.  We are excited to offer all MAA families access to this incredible resource!  For only $100, you will have access to CAF’s entire adoption education library!

While it is crucial to prepare as much as possible prior to your adoption, the real work happens post-adoption. In addition to having a comprehensive library that will help with your pre-adoption preparation, Creating A Family offers an array of courses that will provide you with support throughout your post-adoption years.

If you are an MAA family, and interested, please complete the CAF Registration Form and mail it to us with your payment.  Upon receipt, you will be provided with a specific code that you will input at time of course purchase on the CAF website.

*Please note that all new MAA families as of 2019 are required to use CAF for their required pre-adoptive training.  Check with your caseworker for more information.

Seminars / Workshops
Madison Adoption Associates clients have greatly benefited from the training provided by

Empowered to Connect (  Please attend a ETC Conference in your area, or sign up to host a Conference near you.

Adoption and parenting seminars are available from churches, colleges, community centers, social service agencies, and adoption agencies. Adoptive parents should check with their home study agency for any training courses provided and/or required for home study approval.

Families in the New Jersey and New York area are encouraged to attend workshops provided through the Infertility and Adoption Counseling Center (

It is the responsibility of each adoptive family to read books pertaining to international adoption, to discuss these issues with experts, and to seek out resources that may provide further information.

Madison Adoption Associates requires that each adoptive parent read at least three (3) books. MAA will provide a list of recommended reading, although you may be aware of other books that address the specific issues of your adoption.

We encourage you to purchase the book, Adoption Is a Family Affair! What Relatives and Friends Must Know. This is a great book to share with extended family so they can understand your adoption journey.

Pre-adoptive training will help you to prepare for the many questions, challenges and rewards surrounding your adoption. We strongly encourage families to seek assistance before, during and after the adoption as needed to address any concerns.

Book Resources:

Tapestry Books (

Tapestry Books specializes in adoption related books and resources. A leader in the field since 1994, Tapestry Books is a literary source for adoptive families, birth families, adoptees and adoption professionals. We understand the adoption process and are knowledgeable about the literature. We are committed to providing the largest and most comprehensive selection for you!

ComeUnity Adoption Book Reviews  (

Original reviews of the best books for adoptive families. Founded in 1996, this is one of the oldest and largest independent resources for adoption book reviews and exclusive author interviews on the Internet.