Maddox was born in Korea in the fall of 2009. Because he was born with a heart defect that would likely require surgery, there was an added challenge to finding this “bright and happy” baby boy a family. WACAP accepted this challenge, knowing that the right family was out there, and our Family Finders team got to work.
Here in the United States, Joseph and Medea were working through their adoption process. They’d had to make many decisions along the way; but one thing they knew was that they wanted to give a home to a child who needed one. “I don’t think I had ever heard the term ‘waiting child’,” Medea says. “But I knew I didn’t want to go on a list and wait. I wanted to adopt a child who needed a family right away.” The hardest part of adopting a waiting child, for Medea, was choosing what special needs they could handle. “When I filled out that special needs checklist, it just broke my heart,” she remembers. “I felt like when I was checking no, that I was saying no to a child.”
After many months of reviewing child profiles and considering which country to go through and which agency to use, Joseph knew what his family needed to do. “The little boy in Korea. That’s our son,” he told his wife, Medea, one evening. They had seen Maddox’s profile through WACAP’s collaboration with Rainbow Kids and set out to bring him home.
Less than a year later they did just that. Upon arrival, they found that Maddox’s heart defect was much less serious than they had anticipated. As he approaches his third birthday, this little bundle of energy loves trucks and planes and keeps his mom and dad busy. Medea encourages other families to consider adopting waiting children: “Don’t stress yourself out over accepting needs you can’t handle. Focus on what you can handle, do your research, and talk to doctors. ”
Medea also reminds families not to give up. She and Joseph hit several roadblocks and had some frustrations along the way, but for them, there was no going back. “Adoption takes so much hard work and dedication,” Medea says today “but it’s so worth it. We have the smartest, sweetest, most loving little boy, and we can’t wait to do it all again.”
WACAP has been working in Korea since 1979, finding families for both healthy infants and children with medical issues. Maddox is one of over 2,500 Korean children WACAP has matched with loving families.