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December 29, 2017

Our 5 Most-Read Blog Posts Of 2017

It’s hard to believe that 2017 is coming to a close, but we are excited for what lies ahead. In the meantime, here is a round-up of our top posts from this year. . 5.  It is possible for the average American family to afford an adoption, and–with a significant amount of determination, prayer, and elbow grease–to pay for it without accumulating debilitating debt. Here’s a potential road map to debt-free adoption. 4.  When you hear “orphan in America,” who comes to mind? The truth may surprise you. 3.  Foster kids need the church. Foster families need the church. Here are 15 ways to be a foster care friendly church. 2.  Since adoption receives negative publicity at times, it’s nice to read about adoptees who grew up to do interesting or extraordinary things with their lives. Here are 13 examples. 1. Why Adoption Is Supposed to Be Hard  Brandon, a newly adoptive dad, … Continue reading

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November 1, 2017

13 Famous People Who Were Adopted

Since adoption receives negative publicity at times, it’s nice to read about adoptees who grew up to do interesting or extraordinary things with their lives. Here are 13 examples. Important to note, while these names are largely recognizable, every life is equally valued in the eyes of God. Every child who was fostered and/or adopted has the capacity to impact generations regardless of whether or not the world takes note. 1. Babe Ruth He and his sister were sent to the orphanage at a young age. The good news? It was there that he met Brother Matthias who taught and encouraged him to play baseball. A talent scout became his legal guardian, and Ruth spent 22 record-breaking seasons playing ball. He eventually became one of America’s greatest baseball players … as well as an adoptive dad. 2. Eleanor Roosevelt By age 15, Roosevelt was a double orphan who was then adopted by her grandmother. Roosevelt would grow up … Continue reading

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September 19, 2017

5 Easy Ways to Encourage a Foster or Adoptive Family

There are hundreds of ways to participate in the ministry of foster care or adoption without actually parenting. Here are 5 simple ideas that could make BIG impact on the adoptive or foster family in your life– 1. Pray (and tell them you are praying). Prayer is not a cliché unless it is promised and never offered. Adoptive and foster parents have no independent power source apart from what God has promised. Their faith and endurance depend on God’s provision of it. So praying for them–and telling them you are praying for them–is incredibly encouraging. 2. Take a meal (or bag of groceries). Whether the family is recently home with a new child or has been home for some time, you can encourage them with a meal or bag of groceries. (Or consider giving a gift card to a restaurant or grocery store). These items take time and resources that they may be struggling to … Continue reading

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July 28, 2017

Movie Night: 5 More Films About Adoption or Foster Care

So the weekend has arrived and you want to watch a movie. Why not watch one that is family friendly and starts a conversation about adoption or foster care? After our first post featuring 5 Films About Adoption or Foster Care, you–our Lifesong audience–responded with your own creative recommendations. Here are 5– 1. Meet the Robinsons Twelve-year-old Lewis loves to invent things, and he never gives up on his many creative ideas. Oh … and he lives in an orphanage. Specifically, he’s had 124 interviews with potential parents, and he’s ready to give up on the idea of being adopted. (What kid wouldn’t be?) Thanks to the help of a mysterious stranger, Lewis is invited to travel 20 years into his future where he meets the loving family that will be his. Armed with this hope, he returns to the present time period and presses on. This cute, family-friendly movie will raise good discussion points … Continue reading

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July 21, 2017

Here’s the Best Thing about Foster Care | Family Friday

Adoption Day was such a milestone for our family. What people may not realize is that as foster families and for us in particular, we had been her foster family for 819 days. That is 819 days of court visits, social worker calls, impromptu social worker visits, daily logs to fill out, endless amounts of paper work, and the list goes on and on. So for us, adoption day meant the culmination of so many things–it wasn’t just us adopting our daughter, but it also meant we could finally take a breath. We became foster parents because God prompted us through a sermon series at our church called “Outlive Your Life.” We became licensed and got our first placement, a 12-year-old boy in 2013. He was reunified and we then said “yes” to other placements. Eventually, we said yes to a 5-month-old girl in the early part of 2014. Her adoption … Continue reading

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June 14, 2017

My First Father’s Day as a Foster Dad

I remember the first time I saw my girls. I had butterflies in my stomach. At first it was a picture on my Iphone. Then I remember walking into the agency and I saw them through the window blinds. The youngest had long (and I mean long!) black pigtails and sat next her birth mom quietly. The oldest was energetic and busy. We met our first two foster daughters that day in March 2012. Before we met them, we talked with their birth mother. She was concerned because she knew we didn’t have kids and thought maybe we just wanted to steal hers. She was also concerned we were the sixth home the girls were going to in less than a year. Both April and I made it clear why we were foster parents. We were there to support both her and the children. April graciously let her know that we would probably … Continue reading

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May 31, 2017

15 Ways to Be a Foster Care Friendly Church

Foster kids need the church. Foster families need the church. At the close of National Foster Care Month, here are 15 ways to be a foster care friendly church– Teach Educate, educate, educate. Host informational meetings for would-be foster parents, but also for members of the church family who simply want to learn more about foster care. Add foster care discussion to existing (paid/volunteer) staff training. Many children who come from hard places have unique challenges and behaviors that require extra love and patience from those in authority. Host foster care licensing opportunities on campus. Open these classes to church families and members of the community. Not only is this decision helpful to the local foster care agency, but it sends a clear signal to foster families that your church will support their efforts to foster. Provide Organize meal trains for new placements. If your church family provides meals to new moms, be sure to include foster parents … Continue reading

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