Collett Family Story

June 21, 2017 rachelmiley
During 2013, the Collett family went from a household of five to seven, including five teenagers, when they adopted Alyona and Zhenya from Ukraine. Since growing their family, they have adjusted to their new normal, including navigating challenges stemming from the dynamics of sibling relationships.
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Sibling Relationships Post-Placement

June 21, 2017 rachelmiley
Whether your children are close in age or not; whether they are the same or different genders; whether they verbalize any challenges or not; helping our children grow in their love for each other must be a priority.
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Love Like the Father

June 13, 2017 rachelmiley
“I told them that I want to be an advocate for their son first and foremost and also an advocate for them and their other children.” The meetings continued to occur about every two weeks, where they could discuss their goals and vision for the children and Lee could challenge Mindy and Mark to work on their marriage and personal growth.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Counseling

June 13, 2017 rachelmiley
At Lifeline, we know that families struggle post placement, and we expect challenges to arise as part of the journey. We desire to be a safe place where they can seek help from those struggles. Throughout the following frequently asked questions, we want to shed light onto what counseling at Lifeline looks like and to help answer some lingering questions many adoptive and foster families may have.
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Build hope. Break the cycle.

June 13, 2017 rachelmiley
Las Lomas desires to break that cycle one child at a time by giving these children a family. Through the leadership of Gene Idlett, the home’s Peruvian director, the children at Las Lomas are first provided with family to care for them. Believing that families make a difference, Gene hires families to care for the children instead of only individual caregivers, as most children’s homes do.
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God's Grand Plan

June 13, 2017 rachelmiley
She struggled with why the Lord would put adoption so heavily on heart, but not on her husband’s, but she waited. A couple of weeks later, Matt came home and said they should pursue this little girl. They hurried to find out about next steps but were told that another family had already filed paperwork to adopt her.
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What happens to children who age out in China?

June 6, 2017 brianaremkus
In the United States, only 8% of children adopted from China were adopted at ages older than 4. Statistically, that means once a child turns 5 their chances of being adopted dramatically decrease. In China, once a child turns 14 they are no longer available for international adoption. As our ministry seeks to advocate for
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Playing to Connect and Heal

May 11, 2017 rachelmiley
When I ask families how they are adjusting at home with their new child, they will often state, almost as an apology, “All we do is play; we are just playing.” When I hear this answer I want to shout from the rooftops “Hooray! Hooray! Hooray! They are engaging in play!” Play is the most
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Fighting for Family

May 11, 2017 rachelmiley
As Mother’s Day approaches us, we at Lifeline love to celebrate the strength of mothers who fight for their families and love courageously. Allison is one such mom. She is a recent graduate of a Families Count class hosted by a church in Birmingham, Alabama. Her story is one that, like many, includes a battle
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Naomi Fled for Life

May 11, 2017 rachelmiley
The women we serve through our pregnancy counseling ministry at Lifeline are incredibly brave and strong, including Naomi, who literally fled a country to save her son. Naomi epitomized the very definitions of bravery and strength as she found the desire and will to fight for her child’s life in the midst of extreme external
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Once considered a curse, now a blessing.

May 2, 2017 rachelmiley
In a small village in Uganda, children are being rescued from a life of rejection and isolation—through education and the gospel. A school for the deaf and blind has brought hope and life to those who were literally cast aside because of the way they were born: Deaf and blind children in this community are
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Easter Gives our Suffering Victory and Significance

April 16, 2017 rachelmiley
Hebrews 12:1-4, “…let us lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated
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Loss and Grief in Adopted Children

April 4, 2017 brianaremkus
  Loss and grief are not experiences that we immediately associate with children. Unfortunately, it is the reality for hundreds of thousands in our country and millions more around the world. For the purposes of this post, we are specifically noting the trauma of children who have spent time in the foster care system or
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Kids Worth Fighting For

April 4, 2017 brianaremkus
When we first met our son in China, he thought it was HILARIOUS to slap my husband in the face. As first time parents, we didn’t have any friends whose experiences as first-time parents included their newborn slapping them with glee, so this was new territory. Furthermore, he despised my very presence, which created some
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Educating and Training for Freedom

March 23, 2017 international
Lifeline’s heart for orphaned and vulnerable children leads us to explore aspects of orphan care that many people would not imagine. In the country of Pakistan, Lifeline partners with others to impact the lives of girls, many whose parents are enslaved in the brick-making industry. This modern-day slavery is reminiscent of indentured servanthood, whereas men
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Expanding Foster Care Impact

March 23, 2017 international
Only 19%…—a percentage that often communicates a profound lack of success, and, in this case, a profound need. In 2016, Lifeline’s foster care ministry recognized the need for more qualified and trained foster families. Because of a lack of licensed families, Lifeline was only able to place 19% of our foster care referrals in Alabama.
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Glimpse of Heaven | March Kids Camp 2017

March 21, 2017 brianaremkus
I caught a glimpse of what heaven will be like at Pump It Up this week. Yeah, I know what you are probably thinking: Allison, your version of heaven and my version do not match. Letting loose eleven Chinese speaking orphans all under the age of 12 in a room full of inflatables is not
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Finding Hope through an Unplanned Pregnancy

March 14, 2017 brianaremkus
When Gina connected with Lifeline she found more than options; she found hope. Gina found herself in an unplanned pregnancy. Past decisions left Gina with a false understanding that she had nothing to offer this child. Compounding that thought was the belief that no one would want her baby. Her lack of hope turned her
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My Adoption Story Is No Prettier Than Yours | Lifeline Kids Camp 2017

March 14, 2017 international
A Dad’s Perspective Four days into Kid’s Camp, and this dad is still emotionally processing. That’s what us guys do. We process. Slowly. (Yes! We can process emotions! It just takes us longer.) Women can go straight to “emotion-land” like we men to “fix-it-land.” It’s in their wiring. I’m wired for analysis, logic, and a
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A Smile | Lifeline Kids Camp March 2017

March 14, 2017 international
  Yesterday, I was able to spend the entire day with these 11 kiddos. We began the morning with breakfast and a trip to the Birmingham Zoo. One of the campers, Jimmy, was so excited about the zoo. Once we arrived, he was ready to go. Many volunteers and families were able to join us.
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