When To Ask For Help

January 14, 2019 rachelmiley
At Lifeline, we very much want to support you every step of the way, from the first time you inquire about adoption to years down the road. We know that even though adoption is beautiful, it is a long, tough road. This article discusses different situations where counseling could be a useful resource for your family.
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Lifeline Links Arms with Buckner for Texas Foster Care

January 9, 2019 rachelmiley
Buckner Children and Family Services is entering into an agreement with Lifeline Children’s Services to provide temporary foster care for children in Texas on behalf of Lifeline.
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Blitz CEU: Facing the Fears of Foster Care

January 9, 2019 rachelmiley
We hope you will join us on Saturday, February 9 for our upcoming Blitz as we discuss some of the harder topics in foster care. This training is designed to help dismantle fears that many foster parents have.
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Webinar: Asia Program Updates

January 7, 2019 rachelmiley
Join us on January 24 for this webinar as we spend some time with our program families looking back at 2018 and all it held for our Asia programs! We also wanted to spend some time looking at trends, timeframes and what we are expecting to see in our Asia programs in 2019.
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Mississippi State Director

January 7, 2019 lifeline
Jackson, MS Position Type: Full-time, salaried Directs and evaluates a Christian program of child-placing which is child and family centered, which is within the limits of function and policy established by the Board of Directors, and which is based on sound Christian concepts and standards. Responsible for: Organizes and directs the work of the state office and
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Manipulation and Control

January 4, 2019 Justin Walters
“You’re not the boss of me,” is a childhood declaration of mine that now lives in family infamy. Growing up I longed for independence, and this announcement was my way of expressing it. Children have a God-given desire to impact their environment and make choices. But perhaps you know a child who, like me, takes
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Merry Christmas or is it?

January 4, 2019 Justin Walters
For many of us the Christmas Season generates excitement which can include everything from planning special meals and gifts, attending seasonal programs with Christmas music and time with family.  For a child from foster care the memories of Christmas may not be so merry! For many of our adopted children they may be experiencing the
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Play

January 4, 2019 Justin Walters
When I ask families newly home with their child how they are adjusting, they will often state, almost as an apology, “All we do is play, we are just playing”.  When I hear this I want to shout from the rooftops “Hooray! Hooray! Hooray! They are engaging in Play!” Play is the most important activity
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Technology

January 4, 2019 Justin Walters
Technology, social media, social networking sites, the internet; those words carry a lot of weight in our society and have brought significant change in how we do most everything in life. Many leading researchers say that children ages 0-3 need absolutely no screen time due to their developmental needs and brain growth. Older children need
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Mississippi Part-Time Pregnancy Counselor

January 4, 2019 lifeline
Columbus, MS Position Type: part-time, hourly Counsels clients concerning the options they have regarding an unplanned pregnancy, including factual information about each option, helping to develop an adoption plan if desired, preparing for the adoption process, and connecting with resources if no longer desiring to choose adoption. Networks in the community with potential referral sources by building
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Mississippi Pregnancy Counselor

January 4, 2019 lifeline
Hattiesburg, MS Position Type: Full-time, salaried Counsels clients concerning the options they have regarding an unplanned pregnancy, including factual information about each option, helping to develop an adoption plan if desired, preparing for the adoption process, and connecting with resources if no longer desiring to choose adoption. Networks in the community with potential referral sources by building
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ABC’s for a Successful Start to the School Year

January 4, 2019 Justin Walters
What feelings did you have as summer vacation ended and the new school year began?  You may have experienced a range of feelings that included disappointment, excitement, delight, hopefulness, fear, anxiety, worry and insecurity. A new school year is loaded with so many changes! It can bring with it meeting new teachers, learning new schedules,
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Self-Care

January 4, 2019 Justin Walters
Self-Care! Are you kidding me?  Who has time for self-care? Have you seen my “to do” list?  Do you know my schedule of school events, extracurricular activities, medical appointments, and therapies?  You may feel like you do not have any time to add one more thing to your daily routine but the reality is that
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Self-Soothing

January 4, 2019 Justin Walters
Self-soothing behaviors in children and adolescents from hard places can be confusing and the range of parental responses to such behaviors can be vast.  Some families look at this behavior and may think it is developmentally appropriate while others may think something is “wrong” with their child. Our desire is that this information will help
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Summer Fun

January 4, 2019 Justin Walters
Great memories were triggered as we cut into the first watermelon of the summer season. Memories from childhood which meant days without schedules, sleeping in late and staying outside playing until those last beams of the sun disappeared.   When I became a mother I too looked forward to summer which meant a reprieve from early
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Touch

January 4, 2019 Justin Walters
Touch plays a very important part of developing attachment and bringing healing to our children who have experienced less than optimum beginnings.  It was discovered in the early 19th century that touch was just as important as food, clothing and shelter to the growth and well-being of infants. Children in orphanages were dying in spite
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Eye Contact

January 4, 2019 Justin Walters
Matthew 6:22 and Luke 11:34 state, “the eye is the lamp of the body”.   Shakespeare stated, “The eyes are the windows to your soul”.  There is no doubt that it is through our eyes that we connect with one another.  Much of our non-verbal communication involves a look into one another’s eyes. It is through
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Language of Adoption and Foster Care

January 3, 2019 Justin Walters
WHAT NOT TO SAY APPROPRIATE ALTERNATIVES Birth Mothers: Is she going to give her baby up? or Is she going to put up her child for adoption? Place her child for adoption or Make an adoption plan for her child Did she decide to keep her baby? Did she choose to parent? Why did the
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Airport Homecomings

January 3, 2019 Justin Walters
Many people may have prayed for and waited for the moment they get to meet your little one, but I would like to take a moment to remind you and your family and friends of the big picture of adoption. We encourage everyone (including the parents) to keep the child’s best interest in mind. For
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Teaching Feelings, Self-Awareness & Boundaries

January 3, 2019 Justin Walters
* Remember, one goal of parenting is to help teach our children to gain insight into their feelings and how those feelings affect their behaviors. * If your child stomps around and slams their door after being told “no”, it may be most helpful to focus on the child’s feelings rather than his specific behaviors.
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