Day Three Recap | Lifeline Kids Camp March 2017

March 14, 2017 international
Day three of Kids Camp is in the books, and man, was it one to remember! We started the day at Pump It Up, where the kids had a grand ole time on the bounce houses. We then went to lunch and tasted the quintessential American meal: cheeseburgers and fries. Afterwards was nap time and
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"Pick Me Up" | Lifeline Kids Camp March 2017

March 9, 2017 rachelmiley
“Ethan” is one of 11 children who I believe God divinely chose to bring to Lifeline’s Kids Camp from China. According to an article published by CNN August 12, 2015, “The Chinese government has said there are roughly 600,000 orphans nationwide. Other groups put the nationwide number at closer to a million orphans.” Either way, the fact that Ethan is here right now is pretty miraculous…..the odds were against him.
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Day One! | March Kids Camp 2017

March 8, 2017 international
It was such a blessing to help with Kids Camp yesterday. All 11 children were adjusting to their time in America in different ways which called for a rainy transitional day for the kiddos.     We began our morning with breakfast and playing inside with the children who fought through jet lag and slept through
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China Kids Camp Arrives! |Lifeline Kids Camp March 2017

March 7, 2017 rachelmiley
As I write this, a plane is taking off from Detroit carrying 11 children and three adults on the last few hours of their journey from Chongqing, China to Birmingham, Alabama. As we anxiously await the arrival of our guests, I doubt they know what it has taken to get them here. They probably don’t know
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March Monthly Focus: Fostering

March 1, 2017 international
The Problem Facing Fostering  In 2016, Lifeline was only able to place 19% of our foster care referrals in 2016 because we did not have enough licensed families. A lack of licensed families creates a scenario in which the number of children sleeping at the DHR office or in overcrowded residential homes is sobering. Furthermore,
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Why I Donated to Lifeline's Kids Camp

February 24, 2017 brianaremkus
Why did I donate to Lifeline’s Kids Camp? Because they had me with their SMILES! The smiles of the children when they chase bubbles across the lawn; The smiles of the children when they climb up in the volunteers lap and snuggle close; The smiles of the children when they are the center of attention
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Invaluable Training for Adoptive Parents

February 9, 2017 international
Gabe and Melissa Ross have adopted two sons internationally from Ukraine, four children domestically through foster care, and are in process to adopt a daughter from China. Through their experiences of adoption, they have become well aware of the difficulties and challenges that come from parenting children from trauma or hard places. Lifeline’s Crossings team
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How Training Caregivers is Impacting Orphanages

February 7, 2017 brianaremkus
In 2014, Lifeline opened a foster center in southern China to work with children from an orphanage in the region. Through the care of the staff at the Foster Center, children who were not expected to live are healthy and thriving; children who were once thought to be unadoptable are being adopted into loving forever
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Families Count: Holistic Support to Moms & Dads

February 7, 2017 brianaremkus
Families Count is a resource that was born out of our desire to see the goal of foster care—healthy family reunification—occur, as a result of birth parents who have been strengthened and given the tools they need to be safe, stable parents. Outside of short-term interventions, there were few, or no, Christ-centered services that offer
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The Harris Family: A Heart for Foster Care

February 7, 2017 brianaremkus
Lifeline’s heart for fostering is to provide a safe, loving home for vulnerable children while also seeking to provide birth families with the tools and relationships to reunite with their children. We want you to hear directly from one of our foster families, who approach their ministry with the same heart. The Harris family has
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From Heartbreak to Hope - The Fowler Family

February 7, 2017 international
Steve and Heidi Fowler are a picture of resilience. Their story is one of unending faith in the sovereignty of God despite heartbreaking, ever-changing circumstances. The Fowler’s had a heart for finding families for sibling groups—hearts that understand the difficulty that often surrounds finding a family who is called to adopt multiple children at once. 
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Equipped to Love- The Huff Family's Story

February 7, 2017 international
When God’s people respond to His command to care for vulnerable children, our churches will become faith families to parents, children, and siblings who are navigating the journeys of fostering and adoption. Church families want to help and support, but often do not understand how to do that in a constructive, helpful manner, which can
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Kenneth's Story

February 7, 2017 international
(un)adopted® exists to manifest the gospel to orphaned and vulnerable children. God has given (un)adopted® the desire to see these children reached with the hope of the gospel and equipped with the life skills needed to bring about community transformation. What we have seen over and over again is that when we are faithful to
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Crossings Video Resources

February 3, 2017 Justin Walters
Video Topics Include: An Overnight Family - Becoming Victorious in the Midst of Infertility - Post Adoptive Questions - Becoming Part of the TEAM - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder - Trauma Sensitive Teaching - Older Child Adoption - Special Needs Adoption - Preparing Children at Home for the Arrival of Fostered or Adopted Siblings - Post Adoption Depression - Trauma and the Brain
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10 Practical Ways to Help Your Child Heal

February 1, 2017 international
When children come into our care from hard places, whether as a newborn or an older child, they have experienced trauma. Our privilege as a parent is to walk with them through the healing that their hearts need. Is it easy? Absolutely not. However, shepherding a child in this process can be one of the
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Cheryl Walker: God's Call to Love

January 30, 2017 brianaremkus
Cheryl at her most recent adoption. In 1981, God began to burden my heart about taking a public stand for His Word against abortion. I asked Him to show me how to do that. I volunteered with Sav-a-life as a nurse doing pre-natal check-ups, but was still burdened that there was more He wanted me
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Why is International Adoption So Expensive?

January 27, 2017 brianaremkus
Hear from Dave Wood, Lifeline’s Director of International Programs, as he shares about the expenses of international adoption. I’m often asked two primary logistical questions in regards to adoption: “Why does it cost so much?” and “Why does it take so long?” In many ways the two questions are interrelated. Having a better understanding of
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New Year 2017

January 12, 2017 international
It seems like the fireworks from the New Year are still smoldering in the air, but the truth is that 2017 has already rushed forth so quickly with the excitement, changes, and challenges of life that we’ve barely had time to catch our breath. Isn’t that part of why we often fail to accomplish what
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Desperation and Delight

January 6, 2017 brianaremkus
$900,000…On November 1st of 2016, this financial need of Lifeline seemed insurmountable to raise during the final two months of the year. I sat across the table from Herbie Newell, our Executive Director, and I know the look on my face was not one of hope and thrill, but one of desperation. Overwhelmed perfectly represents
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Uplifting and Transforming Lives

January 4, 2017 international
Imagine a world where no one has ever been able to communicate with you—a world where you’ve never been able to express your feelings, your fears, your dreams, or anything. This scenario is the reality for many children who are born deaf or blind in the developing world. Specifically, children who are born deaf or
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