Madison Adoption Associates
1009 Woodstream Drive
Wilmington, DE 19810
P: 302-475-8977   F: 302-529-1976
contact@madisonadoption.com
There are no unwanted children...just unfound families
Meet The MAA Staff

Aleda Price Madison
Aleda Price Madison is the Executive Director for Madison Adoption Associates. Aleda started the agency in 1981, seeking a way to bring orphaned children and loving families together. Her passion comes from her role as an adoptive, foster, and biological parent.

Like many young couples, Aleda and her husband, Chuck, experienced fertility problems. Miraculously, she gave birth to her daughter, Diana, only to find herself again experiencing a multitude of problems with several subsequent pregnancies. Aleda then began shifting her efforts towards adoption. She found happiness as a foster parent, but experienced several difficulties when it came to adopting domestically. At that point she and Chuck began looking into international programs. In 1980, she adopted Michael from Colombia. The family happily added Christopher in 1983, from the same orphanage.

While staying at home to care for her young children, she began networking with other adoptive parents, lawyers, and contacts to help find ways to make it easier for families like hers, seeking to adopt. In 1981, she helped facilitate her first adoption. Today, Madison Adoption Associates has assisted a multitude of families, adopting from countries all over the world.

Aleda has a Bachelor Degree from West Chester University, and has completed 32 post-graduate credits. She has provided counseling to attorneys and judges about the international adoption process, and has appeared on both daytime and primetime television as an adoption expert. Aleda’s greatest love comes from travelling abroad, being able to meet and interact with the children she meets, then searching for their perfect forever families.

 

Diana Bramble
Diana Bramble began working with Madison Adoption Associates in 2002. Having two brothers who were adopted, and witnessing the work performed by her mother, Aleda, adoption work became a natural fit. Helping children through adoption has developed into her passion.

Diana serves as the Associate Director of the agency, and performs a broad range of duties spanning from casework to compliance and legal issues. She supervisors the Social Workers in our agency, and enjoys working with families through any difficult situations in the adoption process. After personally traveling to China in November 2004, and witnessing the overwhelming need of loving homes for children with special needs, Diana completed the necessary steps for Madison Adoption Associates to be accredited as a Waiting Child placement agency. The program has been an incredible success and a personal victory for Diana, who fell in love with two special needs boys while in China.

Diana graduated from University of Delaware with a Bachelor Degree in Psychology. She graduated with her MBA Degree from Wilmington University and graduated with her Master Degree in Social Work from Delaware State University. She is happily married with three children, Charlie, Danielle, and their newly adopted son from China, Chase.

 

Sara Lang
Sara Lang joined Madison Adoption Associates in July 2007 as an Adoption Associate and Waiting Child Specialist. Sara enjoys advocating for the placement of children with special needs and helping to develop adoption programs in foreign countries.

Sara brings with her the experience of placing special needs and waiting children from the United States, Asia, Eastern Europe, Central America, the Caribbean and Africa.

Sara has a Bachelor Degree in Special Education from Winthrop University. Sara spent 15 years working as a legal assistant in Atlanta and South Carolina before following her heart into adoption work. She volunteers with animal rescue groups, and has earned awards for community service work over the years. She is a volunteer with The Shepherd’s Crook, an adoption ministry that helps find families for children with special needs.

Sara and her husband, John, built their family through international adoption. In September 2000 they brought home their two daughters from Arkhangelsk, Russia. Shortly afterwards, Sara decided to turn her passion for her children into a full-time career to help other families come together through adoption.

 

Kerry Yeldell
Kerry Yeldell joined Madison Adoption Associates in 2009 as a Social Worker and then worked as a full-time Adoption Associate and caseworker in the Delaware office for 2 years. After the birth of her third son, she returned to full-time social work for MAA and also is the Post-Placement Coordinator. She completes home studies and post placement reports for clients in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. In addition, Kerry enjoys the opportunity to counsel birth mothers about their options and work with them through an adoption plan when the need arises.

Kerry graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor Degree in both Psychology and Sociology. She then received a Master Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. After spending almost 5 years at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Kerry had the wonderful opportunity to stay home with her two boys before returning to work. Kerry thoroughly enjoys working with the Madison families and watching many children thrive as they experience the joy of joining their forever families!

 

 

 

 

Lydia Stewart
Lydia Stewart joined Madison Adoption Associates in 2009 as an Adoption Associate in the Delaware office. Lydia developed an interest in international adoption while volunteering in several orphanages in Quito, Ecuador as a college undergraduate. She worked around the clock feeding, changing and caring for the children, including those with special needs. Lydia quickly gained a love for the children and wanted to take several home with her at the end of her time in Ecuador.

Lydia graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor Degree in English. She will complete her Master Degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology in December 2011. She loves to see the positive change in the lives of these children as adoptive families open their hearts and homes.

 

 

 

Jessica Harrison
Jessica Harrison joined the MAA family in July of 2013 as the Administrative Assistant and Case Worker in-training. Professionally, Jessica has worked in the healthcare and social services fields advocating for senior citizens and adults with disabilities. In 2004, she chose to be a full-time, stay-at-home mother to her pride and joy - her son, Nathan. Jessica has been an active mom, volunteering with her son’s schools, the PTA, her church, the Boy Scouts, little league, fundraisers, and various non-profits, including Miracle for Mateo and National Brain Tumor Society.

Jessica offers MAA her strong family values, sincere desire to help, and empathetic ear to lend. She strives to be a supportive partner to the adoptive families and the special children we serve. She looks forward to gaining a wealth of knowledge about adoption and many years of growth within MAA.

Jessica has a Bachelor degree in Psychology from New Jersey City University. She is happily married and resides in New Jersey with her husband and son.

 

 

 

Aileen McCabe-Maucher
Aileen McCabe-Maucher began working with Madison Adoption Associates in 2004. She is a licensed clinical social worker and registered nurse with over a decade of experience providing individual and family counseling to diverse populations. Aileen is dedicated to helping families through the home study and post placement process in a compassionate and supportive way. She is a graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Widener University, University of Delaware, and The Gestalt Therapy Institute of Philadelphia at Bryn Mawr College. Her favorite job is being a mother and helping other families on their adoption journeys.

 

 

 

 

 

Jamie Janssen Casey
Jamie Janssen Casey is the Executive Director of the Illinois branch of Madison Adoption Associates. She received her Master Degree in Social Work from Loyola University in Chicago in 1999. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Psychology. Jamie joined Madison in 2001 as a social worker and in 2004 she became the Executive Director for the Illinois office. She supports families by helping them gather the appropriate paperwork to complete a home study. She enjoys working with a variety of families and helping them in the various stages of the adoption process through home studies and post placement visits. She provides an enthusiastic, warm and friendly support to the families she works with.

 

 

 

 

 

Deborah Fisher
Deborah Fisher is a Social Worker in the Northern, Illinois area. She brings an abundance of compassion and a wealth of experience to her clients. She has been serving adoptive families for over 20 years, helping them through the home study and post-adoptive processes. Debby is a graduate of Judson University and she has completed graduate course work in psychology and counseling at Southern Illinois University and Illinois State University. Debby is a seasoned adoptive parent of two beautiful daughters from Honduras and Guatemala.

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle McGowan
Michelle McGowan is the Hosting Coordinator for Madison’s orphan hosting program and an Adoption Advocate. She has had a passion for orphans since she was seven years old and saw a video about so many babies being abandoned. Michelle feels blessed to have the privilege of helping children to be united with their families through the miracle of adoption.

Michelle volunteered at her church’s adoption agency and crisis pregnancy center for several years. In 2006, she felt called to do more and began a non-profit ministry, In His Hands Orphans Outreach, which is located in central Illinois. She likes to promote how everyone can do something to help orphans, whether that is through helping orphans left behind or by adopting.

Michelle is happily married to Marshall and they have six beautiful children: Nicholas, Joshua, Christian, Daniel, Trevor and Victoria. Victoria was a waiting child in China before being adopted in 2008. The McGowan family agrees that adopting Victoria was the best decision they ever made. They wanted to adopt to make a difference for a child in need, but in return, she has brought so much joy to their family.

 

Sara Oglesby
Sara Oglesby joined Madison Adoption Associates in August 2010 as our Illinios Office Manager. She serves as the point person for all inquiries and follow-ups related to Illinois home study families. She completed a graduate internship with Madison, beginning in January, 2010, and was able to gain much experience and knowledge about the international adoption field. Sara had the opportunity to travel to China in April 2010 to participate in Camp Tiger.

Sara has always had an interest in international adoption and has focused on children with special needs for several projects during her undergraduate and graduate schooling. She also volunteers for In His Hands Orphans Outreach, a non-profit adoption advocacy organization, where she is able to advocate for children in need of families, provide humanitarian aid for orphanages, and fundraise for families’ adoptions. Sara looks forward to increasing her skills and knowledge in her current position while helping families with their adoptions. She also wishes to one day begin the adoption process herself and find a child in need of a safe and loving home.

Sara graduated from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania with a Bachelor Degree in Social Work. She earned her Master Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is currently in the process of acquiring her Illinois social work license and anticipates returning to school for her PhD within the next few years.

 

Mollie Pouska
Mollie Pouska has been a Social Worker for Madison Adoption Associates in Illinois since 2008. She holds undergraduate degrees in Deaf Education and Special Education. She has been a teacher educating students with multiple disabilities since 1994. In May 2003, she received her Master Degree in Social Work from Aurora University and became a Licensed Social Worker in 2004.

Mollie relishes the opportunity to support families through the home study process and is ecstatic about meeting with the families and children to facilitate the post placement visits. Her experiences in special education provide a unique perspective with those families interested in adopting children with special needs.

Mollie is married and has two daughters. She enjoys traveling to the Northwoods of Wisconsin and volunteering for Special Olympics.

 

 

 

Delyn Duggins
Delyn Duggins is a Social Worker in the Illinois branch of Madison Adoption Associates. She received her Master Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana in 1999. Delyn has worked in the adoption field since 2005 and joined Madison in 2010. In her role, she guides families through the home study process and provides post adoption visits once the family has returned home. Delyn enjoys working with families and helping them through the adoption process. She finds it rewarding to work in this field and thoroughly enjoys helping children find loving families.

Delyn and her husband Brian have built their family through adoption. They had prepared to adopt a child from Vietnam; however the country was closed to adoptions before they were matched with a child. They then decided to adopt domestically and in 2008 became proud parents to their son Bryson.

 

 

 

Katie Brabson
Katie Brabson joined MAA in 2010 as a Social Worker. She is thrilled to walk with families as they journey through the home study process and especially enjoys celebrating with them upon its completion. She is privileged to work with so many families that have opened up their hearts to the orphans of the world and finds joy in knowing she was a small part of the homecoming!

Katie graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Social Work from Olivet Nazarene University where she had been pursuing an alternative degree. One conversation with a social work professor prompted her to change courses and pursue social work full time, a decision she has never regretted. In 2006 she graduated from Illinois State University with a Master Degree in Social Work and has had many years in the fields of child welfare and adoption.

Working from home, Katie is a full time Momma and Homeschool teacher to two wild boys. Adoption became incredibly personal to Katie in 2006 when she and her husband adopted their first child from Ethiopia, Africa. In 2009 their second child was born. The Brabson family is eager awaiting the news that they can travel to China to bring home their third, a daughter, in the coming months. The house will only get messier and louder, but that is all the more joy to Katie.

Katie has worked in Romania and Ethiopia, and traveled extensively around the globe. She brings adoption experience, professional and personal consultation for multicultural and multiracial families, and a large world view to her work with MAA.

 

 

Leonette Boiarski
Leonette Boiarski graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor Degree in Social Work and graduated with her Master Degree in Social Work from Temple University. Leonette is a Pennsylvania licensed clinical social worker and adoptive mother with over 10 years past experience as the Director of a prominent international adoption agency in the Delaware Valley. Leonette has worked in program development and administration for over 30 years in various social service settings. She is happily married with one child.

 

 

 

 

 

Rachel Akiva
Rachel Akiva joined Madison Adoption Associates in October 2013 as a Social Worker in the Pennsylvania area. She has worked with children and families for over twenty years in NY, MI, and now PA. Rachel has enjoyed working with birth parents and adoptive parents in both international and domestic adoption. She brings her commitment to finding families for children and her dedication to supporting all those involved in the adoption journey.

Rachel graduated from Simon’s Rock of Bard College and University of Buffalo with a degree in Social Work. She lives with her wonderful husband and three incredible daughters in Pittsburgh.

 

 

 

 

Amanda Felizardo
Amanda Felizardo Amanda Felizardo comes to us from Elkton, MD. She has a bachelor’s degree from Norwich University in Studies in War and Peace and a Master’s of Science in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Walden University. Her hobbies include: gardening, outdoor activities, the arts, and learning Mandarin Chinese and Tagalog. Her dream is to place orphans in loving homes and to give them a healthy and happy life.

 

 

 

 

Heather Iacono
Heather Iacono joined Madison Adoption Associates in 2014 as an Adoption Associate in the Delaware office. Heather graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor Degree in Psychology. She has been lucky enough to have been home with her four children over the past few years. She previously worked at St. David's Episcopal Day School as an Early Childhood Assistant Teacher. Prior to having children, she worked at Wilmington Trust Company as a Senior Human Resources Officer specializing in Compensation.

Heather is happily married with 4 children: Nicholas, twins Christian and Joseph, and Michaela. She enjoys running, reading, baking, and watching her children play many sports! This position is a perfect blend of the professional world with her love of children!

 

 

 

 
Contact Information
Phone: 302-475-8977
Fax: 302-529-1976

Address:
1009 Woodstream Drive
Wilmington, DE 19810

E-mail: contact@madisonadoption.com

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Madison Adoption Associates is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency licensed to place children through international adoption. We are currently offering adoption programs in the countries of China, Philippines, El Salvador, and Bulgaria. Learn more...

 

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