Families Helping Families

August 23, 2016 brianaremkus
Adoptive families know the ins and outs of adoption intimately. That’s why they are some of the biggest supporters of other adoptive families—they know the challenges, the joys, and the community that is needed to surround families before and after a new child comes home. Those who have been in the trenches often find themselves
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New Seasons | Back to School

August 23, 2016 Hilliary Hallman
For most families, the summer season carries with it a certain mystique. Summer is a time often filled with big events such as family cookouts, vacations, and frequent visits to someone’s pool (if you are lucky). It is a season where normal days feel rather special, especially for our kids. The days are longer, and
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Why We R(un)

August 16, 2016 brianaremkus
On August 20th hundreds of people from all over the United States (and world) will lace up their running shoes to join Lifeline and (un)adopted for our 5th Annual R(un) for One. There are approximately 153 million orphaned and vulnerable children in the world. It’s hard to wrap our minds around that number. Yet, this
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Three Times Adoptive Families Need Resources

August 16, 2016 brianaremkus
Lifeline understands the beauty of adoption, but we also understand the loss from which it arises and the trauma surrounding the hearts of vulnerable children and their new families. Individuals who are familiar with adoption often say, “Adoption is not for the faint of heart.” Knowing the needs of families and children who come through
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A Boy Named Moses

August 14, 2016 brianaremkus
The start of my freshmen year of high school, my youth group started to pursue supporting (un)adopted in a specific country. Our youth pastor gave us 3 countries to pray about and consider supporting. We took a vote, and Uganda won over the votes and our hearts. The Lord was planting seeds before we even
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The Gift of Mobility

July 29, 2016 brianaremkus
As a pediatric physical therapist I have the honor and privilege of witnessing milestones in the lives of children. Sometimes we celebrate what seems like little things to other people but, for a parent, these milestones are a big deal—like a child who is three years old sitting independently for the first time or a
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The Lost Truth of Imago Dei |Racial Reconciliation & The Gospel

July 22, 2016 rachelmiley
Beloved brother and sister in Christ, we have made racial reconciliation a social issue and not a gospel issue. The truth is our bloodlines are not skin deep but run down deep into our souls. So believer there is no excuse not to weep with those who weep and to mourn with those who mourn...
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Stepping into a Multi-Cultural World | Racial Reconciliation & The Gospel

July 22, 2016 rachelmiley
Our families, our lives, and our perspectives change when we step into the multi-cultural world of foster care, orphan care and adoption. We no longer see people as projects, but we see them as image bearers of Christ who eagerly desire and need authentic relationship.
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It Takes a Village | Summer Kids Camp 2016

July 11, 2016 brianaremkus
As I head home after a mere 36 hours at Kids Camp, I can’t help but stand in awe of the body of Christ at work… the body of Christ radiantly displayed in the life of 8 precious little girls from China. Part of my to-do list at camp today included enlisting the help of
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A Spark to Serve

July 6, 2016 rachelmiley
There is just something pretty special about new shoes, at least for this shoe-loving girl. Their pristine condition, without a scuff or mark, and the excitement of picking the perfect outfit to go with your new shoes make wearing them for the first time a noteworthy experience. A $25 pair of leopard print flats that
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10 Ways to Engage in Foster Care Apart from Parenting

July 6, 2016 rachelmiley
We know that caring for children who are vulnerable is the Church’s call and responsibility. Below, we’ve listed ten ways that are essential and beneficial to foster families and children; they can’t and shouldn’t do it alone!
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Preparing the Next Generation for God-Honoring Orphan Care

July 6, 2016 rachelmiley
Remember, it is our generation’s prerogative (our right and privilege) to train the next generation to “love that which God loves” and “hate that which God hates.” This works itself out in many areas of life, one in which is orphan care.
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Six Tips to Get Your Stand for Orphans Rolling

July 6, 2016 rachelmiley
We also thought the stand was a great way to teach children about orphans and how they can make an impact in the lives of orphans/vulnerable children firsthand.
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Redeemed Hope |Summer Kids Camp 2016: Day 6

July 5, 2016 rachelmiley
I have started a draft for this blog three different times. Needless to say, I have many thoughts after my two days at Kids Camp. I could tell you about the medical visits or the trip to the Children’s Museum. Or I could share about the joy that came from water day and the Easter celebration. But none of that seems sufficient to share about my two days at Kids Camp.
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Joyful Despite Difficulty | Summer Kids Camp 2016: Day 5

July 1, 2016 rachelmiley
These girls are beautiful children of God who were made in His image. Their experiences in their short lives have been incomprehensible to those of us who grew up in the States, and these experiences have left scars.
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8 Prayers for Camp | Summer Kids Camp 2016: Day 4

July 1, 2016 rachelmiley
I was blessed to get to know eight little girls from China yesterday. These girls brought me great joy and grabbed my heart. They are no longer images on a postcard, but now voices, faces, hearts, and prayers.  The day began with breakfast, water games and slip-n-slide. With wet hair and happy faces, we went
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The Church Responding (Summer Kid's Camp '16: Day 3)

June 29, 2016 rachelmiley
Yesterday I had the extreme privilege of spending the day with eight precious girls from China. As a social worker with Lifeline, this was not the first time I have served at Kids Camp, but this year was different. This year, the church that I attend decided to take on a day of Kids Camp. This might not sound like a big thing to you, but to our church, this was huge.
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A Heart To Serve (Summer Kid's Camp 16' Day 2)

June 29, 2016 rachelmiley
I hadn’t been at camp long when little Leila captured my attention.She is 3 years old and has Downs Syndrome. She was perfectly content playing with three little Lincoln logs. I, however, was not content to let her! I wanted to hold her and play with her. Finally, someone holding Leila came near to me and I smiled and waived at her. She immediately threw open her arms and reached for me. That’s all it took….I was a puddle.
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Watershed Moment for Haiti Adoptions

June 2, 2016 rachelmiley
-PRESS RELEASE- BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Lifeline Children’s Services led Dan and Julie Cruz of Pennsylvania through the first ever adoption in Haiti under the newly implemented Hague Convention procedures for the country. This milestone is monumental for Haiti and families who are seeking to adopt from this country, as it represents the culmination of years
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Three Important Relationships for Temporary Dads

June 1, 2016 brianaremkus
I’ll never forget when our first respite care child, a three-year-old boy, came to our home. My wife and I were so excited and so nervous! All the training, home preparation, and prayer led to this moment. This little boy’s foster parents came, visited a few minutes, and left him in our temporary care. Within
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