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November 8, 2017

5 Things to Pray for Your Child’s Birth Parents

Every time I kiss my son’s silky black hair or hold his little hand, I am reminded that somewhere in the world, a set of parents is missing out on the same opportunity. I do not know anything about my son’s birth parents–what prompted them to abandon their baby just days after his birth, or if they are still alive today. That said, I recognize that adoption is complicated. In some cases, the child’s parents have died. In other cases, the child’s biological parents couldn’t or didn’t want to parent and no biological caretakers were able to help. Yet in still other cases, children are placed for adoption because their birth parents felt it was in their best interest or they could not care for them physically, emotionally, or mentally. The number of scenarios is as endless as the number of children in need of family. Regardless, with hope in my heart for their well-being, here are … Continue reading

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November 6, 2017

Adoption 101: Common Questions When Deciding to Adopt

Choosing to adopt is a major decision that should be accompanied by plenty of prayer and conversation. Here are 5 questions to ask yourself (and/or your spouse) when considering whether or not adoption is right for you. 1. Why do we want to adopt? There are as many poor reasons as there are good reasons to adopt. Start by being honest with yourself about why you want to do it. It has been said that we lose our way when we lose our why–and this can be true on the adoption journey especially. 2. Where can we find good counsel? The Bible makes it clear that in a multitude of counselors there is safety (Proverbs 11). Do you have parents or church leadership from whom you can get good counsel? Who can/will become your network after you begin the process? Who can you count on to pray for you on the journey? 3. Who can we talk to … Continue reading

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November 13, 2015

3 Side Effects of Being Adopted: My Story

As a little girl–two days before Christmas–I received my forever family via adoption. I’ve spent the last 30+ years of my life joking with my parents that I was the best Christmas gift they ever got, though in reality, I consider it entirely the other way around. Let me say this. I know adoption isn’t always a positive experience for children or families. Many adoptees carry heavy burdens of grief and loss for decades after their adoption is final. I have no desire to minimize that reality. For a few years during my adolescence, I experienced some of the anxiety and insecurity associated with adoption. (Though I’m not entirely sure the anxiety and insecurity wasn’t at least in part the result of being an adolescent.) But I have largely escaped the darker side of adoption due to these 3 side effects of my story– 1. I value the fact that I … Continue reading

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November 6, 2015

10 Things Birth Mothers Want Adoptive Parents to Know

I often told my son’s adoptive mother how much I loved her and was thankful she was a part of my life. But, like many things I’ve told her over the years, Kathy would already know. Back in 1985 I chose open adoption for my son. Being a birthmother has changed my life forever, and I know that becoming an adoptive parent changed Kathy’s, too. We’ve traveled the road of adoption together, with respect and honesty. We’ve shared our hopes, our fears, and our dreams for the boy we both love. However, often adoptive parents do not get the chance to build this type of relationship with their child’s birthmother. While most domestic adoptions are open, most children adopted from other countries are not. This disconnect from a child’s beginnings can make it difficult for adoptive parents to provide answers their child will need as they grow and explore the … Continue reading

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November 5, 2015

Welcome to National Adoption Month!

Here at Lifesong we believe every month is the right time to spread awareness for adoption, foster care, and orphan care, but it’s nice to see that our nation recognizes November as National Adoption Month! So we want to honor this event by highlighting unscripted voices from those in the trenches. Each Friday this month, we will publish a blog post written by someone uniquely involved in adoption. We’ll hear from a birth mother, an adoptee, and an adoptive parent, as well as learn practical strategies the church can employ to encourage those involved in adoption. Do you have something to say? We’d love to hear you weigh in on the conversation. Feel free to comment here on the blog or find us on Facebook or Twitter. Also, please consider contributing to our matching grants for adoptive families, helping give a child the life-changing gift of forever family. National Adoption Month is … Continue reading

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November 21, 2014

When Infertility and Adoption Collide

Welcome to week three of our celebration of National Adoption Month! We hope you’ve been reading along this month as REAL moms unpack the REAL issues of adoption. (Need to catch up? Read past blog posts>>) Join us this week as guest blogger & adoptive mom, Rebecca Marquart, shares her family’s journey of adoption and infertility… There were so many things my husband and I didn’t know before we decided to grow our family. We didn’t know how incredibly hilarious preschoolers are. We didn’t know that although a child may be potty “trained,” they might choose not to exercise that skill. We didn’t know how innocently a child can love and how quick they are to forgive. We also didn’t know how intensely angry and out-of-control that same child could be! We didn’t know about the Wild Kratts or Angelina Ballerina. We had no idea about car seat laws. We … Continue reading

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November 14, 2014

Lessons God Taught Me On The Bathroom Floor

Welcome to week two of our celebration of National Adoption Month. I hope you read along last week as we heard about the reality of post-adoption depression. This week, we are honored to have guest blogger & Lifesong Adoptive mom, Nicole Schmidt, talk about the struggles they faced after bringing older children into their home and the lessons God taught her… Our entire adoption process, we held the verse in Ephesians close to our hearts.  In LOVE, He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of HIS glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the beloved. After about a year and half long process and we boarded a plane to go pick up our boys in Ethiopia. We were ecstatic! Our entire process we had prayed this simple prayer. God, show us your radical love—help us … Continue reading

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