Webinar: Changes in China

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Changes in China

Webinar: Changes in China
Tuesday, October 17th, 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm CST


The China program has long been known in the international adoption community for its stability and longevity. With several major changes in the program already in the books this year and a few more to come, it is a critical time to take a look at the Lifeline China program. Program Director, Karla Thrasher, will walk through the benefits of the coming changes in China, give some insight into the reasons for these changes, and provide a glimpse into the future of the Lifeline China program. We look forward to connecting with alumni China families as well as new families interested in caring for the fatherless in China. Join us for this exclusive opportunity to hear from the experts about international adoption in China.


Herbie NewellHerbie Newell: Herbie Newell is the President/Executive Director of Lifeline Children’s Services. He joined the Lifeline staff in 2003 as Executive Director. Under Herbie’s leadership, Lifeline has increased the international outreach to 23 countries, helped Lifeline attain membership in the ECFA (Evangelical Council on Financial Accountability), and led the creation of foster care ministry. Mr. Newell has been invited to speak regionally for many events concerning adoption and the church’s response to orphan care. He is a regular speaker for the National Council for Adoption, Christian Alliance for Orphans, Together for Adoption and Care-Net. Having witnessed the plight of older orphans on many trips overseas, Herbie’s burden for the fatherless was a catalyst for starting (un)adopted during 2009. He and his wife, Ashley, live in Birmingham, Alabama, and are parents to son, Caleb, and daughters Adelynn and Emily. During parts of May, June, and July of 2013, the Newell’s traveled for 7 weeks in China working hands-on with (un)adopted and orphanage partners.

Karla ThrasherKarla Thrasher: Karla Thrasher is the China Program Director at Lifeline Children’s Services. She has a degree in social work from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She and her husband Jamie have three precious children, Michael, Mary Allison, and Lucy. She began working with Lifeline in 2001. She works with the international program as a crucial liaison and help for prospective parents. She serves the China program as our stateside liaison working with Lifeline’s expanding Special Needs Program, travel, and families seeking to expand their families through China adoption. “I sincerely enjoy watching our program grow and seeing families some together as a part of God’s perfect plan.” (China Program Director) She also serves on Lifeline’s Post Adoption Team.



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