Food Anxiety

January 4, 2019 Justin Walters
FOOD ANXIETY Most of us eat at least three meals a day but if you are like me, there are multiple snacks in between.  That’s a lot of time spent eating!  One of my favorite times of day is dinner time, but when you have a child with food anxiety, dinner time can turn into
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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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Sleep

January 4, 2019 Justin Walters
SLEEP Sleepless in Seattle?  Birmingham?  Charleston?  San Antonio?   Sleep disturbances are one of the most common challenges for a child transitioning to a new home.  Causes for sleep disturbances can include: the many new exciting experiences and stimulation they have during the day that make it difficult to transition to rest, feelings of grief and
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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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Making Sense of Senses

January 3, 2019 Justin Walters
* What to look for: o What sensory experiences does your child seek out? o What sensory experiences does your child avoid? o Where does your child struggle? A Child Can Be: * Over-responsive * Under-responsive * Sensory-craving * Over-Responsive o This person is hypersensitive or hyper-alert to sensory input. o They may be a
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Responding to Severe Behaviors

January 3, 2019 Justin Walters
* Lifeline is not certified to teach skills in TBRI Level 4: Protective Engagement. * Protective engagement refers to restrictive techniques such as restraining used to deescalate situations and keep children physically safe. * We do however want to give you tips on how to respond when your child is in “crisis mode”: o First
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Older Children & Tools for Discipline

January 3, 2019 Justin Walters
Older Children & Tools for Discipline Be a Role Model: * As parents, we must demonstrate or model what we want our children to do, especially when they do not have language to communicate with us initially. * They are much more likely to do what you do, not what you say. Provide Alternatives for
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Shaping Phrases

January 3, 2019 Justin Walters
Shaping Phrases Shaping phrases are short little scripts that focus on telling your child what to do, rather than what not to do. They are a positive alternative to a long lecture and very helpful while the child is learning your language. Often times, we tell our kids “no” or “stop” but we do not
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Time In & Think-It-Over

January 3, 2019 Justin Walters
Time In & Think-It-Over * Children from hard places are already more likely to feel disconnected from you and sending your child away teaches them that it is okay to be disconnected. * Traditional time-out can be damaging to your child’s attachment because when you send them away for their behavior you are not connecting
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You Were Made For This: the Johanson Family's Story

December 28, 2018 rachelmiley
Meet the Johanson family. Jen and her husband, Brodie, have adopted four children through Lifeline. We sat down with Jen to ask her some questions about her adoption experience.
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The Avalanche and the Choir - Why Saying "Yes" Is Worth It

December 18, 2018 rachelmiley
But of course, saying “yes” to adoption is not only saying yes once. It is an avalanche of yeses - starting with that one, single step and plunging you deeper and deeper into a story, a life, and an adventure - none of which, maybe, you were expecting. One “yes” turns into a thousand yeses, and with each one, we went deeper and deeper into this adventure.
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Advent Day 15

December 15, 2018 Justin Walters
This is Episode 15 in Lifeline’s Advent podcast series.
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Be Still and Know - Torey Eaves' Story

December 14, 2018 rachelmiley
A lot of families feel led to adopt. That was not the case for the Eaves family. They didn’t feel like they met the qualifications. They had just finished all the “toddler things” (let’s just say, they were over the diapers). They didn’t have the money. But when Torey saw the blurred face of a little boy from China and heard the Lord say “you have a son; you need to go get him,” everything changed.
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Mississippi Part-Time Social Worker & Pregnancy Counselor

December 11, 2018 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
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Mississippi Social Worker

December 4, 2018 lifeline
Jackson, MS Position Type: Full-time, salaried Responsible for: International: Helps recruit, enroll, maintain, and work with prospective adoptive parents in processing an international adoption May conduct home studies, if permitted by state regulation. Assures all paperwork and documentation complies with international country’s standards Ensures that all information needed to complete the adoption record is completed and on
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Turning From Fearful Places: a Letter From a Hungary Dad

December 4, 2018 rachelmiley
As I sit at my computer on this rainy day in a foreign country I constantly hear our expressive child speak words that we don’t understand interjected with “daddy, daddy, daddy….I love you.” His mother and I began teaching him this very important phrase on the first day we met him. It did not take him long to understand it’s meaning as we would use it interchangeably with the native form.
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I'm a Child of God, Yes I Am

November 26, 2018 rachelmiley
It was a moment that had me transfixed. A moment I've replayed in my head dozens of times since. As I watched, I held my breath. Surely, we were on holy ground.
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