No Longer Lonely | The Franks Testimony

November 3, 2016 rachelmiley
Esther, 16, and Josie, 11, were strangers among a sea of millions of orphans. Now they are sisters, brought together through international adoption. Although their past stories are different, the intersection of their lives as sisters began in China. Whether in an orphanage or a foster family, both girls describe their lives before adoption as
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Share the Story: Coghlan Family Testimony

October 28, 2016 rachelmiley
Chris Coghlan, an outfielder for the Chicago Cubs, and his wife, Corrie, had not always been on the same page about adoption. Corrie had cousins who had been adopted and family friends who had adopted. Adoption was woven into her heart, and she desired for it to be part of their story. Chris, however, admits
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Trauma in the Classroom

October 14, 2016 international
What is the difference between willful defiance and a trauma reaction? Children who have experienced relational or circumstantial trauma can express themselves in ways that are typically regarded as defiant misbehavior. Their minds, however, are often reacting to how their bodies have been programmed to deal with unpleasant situations, particularly responding out of fear. In
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How Will Adoption Impact My Other Children?

October 14, 2016 international
How will adoption impact my other children? That’s a question that all parents ask and must anticipate before bringing a child home. Preparing siblings for adoption can be exciting, but they will be asked to make sacrifices and could be part of new challenges as everyone adapts to having a new child in the home.
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How God Can Use Lemonade & Children to Impact Orphans

September 23, 2016 brianaremkus
Wow! What a summer we have had through #StandforOrphans! The Lord has done, and continues to do, incredible things through Stand for Orphans. This summer, we saw 312 kids in 30 states register their stand! As we come to a close this year, we are thrilled to report that kids across the country have raised
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When Families Gather

September 13, 2016 brianaremkus
As far as Family Reunions go, Lifeline’s is pretty special! The bond between our staff and our families is an amazing one and we look forward to celebrating that bond each year! When you add in some good food, activities, a water relay, and a bouncy house—you’re in for a good time! After Lifeline’s “Run
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Orphan Care Beyond Adoption

September 9, 2016 brianaremkus
At Lifeline we believe that it is God’s design for children to be raised in families, where they are loved and cared for holistically, having their physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs met. The reality of what we see is that we live in a broken world, in which the sin of mankind has affected
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Heartbreak, Hurt, and Amazing Grace

September 9, 2016 brianaremkus
My husband Aaron and I have been a host family in the Safe Families for Children program for two years, and we have had the privilege of hosting somewhere between 15-20 children in our home. We have hosted kids anywhere from one day to a little newborn that we brought home from the hospital and
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Reassurance in Adoption: The Tamblyn Family Adoption Testimony

September 9, 2016 brianaremkus
Hello, we are the Tamblyn family; John, Katherine and Lucy. My mother, who suffers from short-term memory loss, has lived with us for over 17 years and is a special member of our family, too . . . In 2005, I was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cervical cancer. My treatment involved
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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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