Supporting Adoptive and Foster Families Through the Church

July 5, 2017 rachelmiley
When God’s people respond to His command to care for vulnerable children, our churches become an important part of the lives of parents, children, and siblings who are in the midst of the joyous and challenging journeys of fostering and adoption. Lifeline desires to provide resources to churches and adoptive communities with them to help
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Empowering Children Within Your Church

July 5, 2017 rachelmiley
Summit Church in Estero, Florida has been a long-time partner with Lifeline, believing strongly in God’s command to care for orphans and vulnerable children worldwide. When the opportunity for children to get involved in orphan care in a hands-on way, Summit Church wanted to equip the children in their church with the knowledge that they
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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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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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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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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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Program Spotlight: Eurasia

April 19, 2017 international
Lifeline’s Eurasia program is currently accepting applications for the countries of Ukraine, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, and a new country coming soon! What’s new in your program? Our Eurasia countries had a spectacular 2016 with 40 children coming home and we are off to an exciting start in 2017. With eight countries in
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Program Spotlight: Southeast Asia

April 11, 2017 international
Lifeline’s Southeast Asia program is currently accepting applications for the countries of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and India. What’s new in your program? We have seen some exciting growth in our India, Taiwan, and Hong Kong programs over the past few months. Many children have been added to the waiting child lists, and we are so
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April Monthly Focus: International Adoption

April 6, 2017 international
Problem: Currently, there are over 153 million orphaned and vulnerable children in the world today. Each year, Lifeline serves more than 400 families in various stages of the adoption process. The reality is there are many more children that are in need and are waiting for permanent families. At Lifeline inter-country adoption is growing and
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Overflow of His Love | Lifeline Kids Camp March 2017

March 15, 2017 rachelmiley
Tuesday was a great day! We started the day with a delicious breakfast prepared by gracious volunteers. The kids were very excited about going to the McWane Science Center for the day! We met a youth group downtown and paired the volunteers with a camper so they could explore the science center together! Victoria really
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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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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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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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Brazil Adoption Program Now Open

January 27, 2017 international
Lifeline is thrilled to announce the opening of the Brazil adoption program! After receiving our license in late 2015 to begin adoptions in Brazil, we began the program with two pilot families. Recently, our first pilot family was able to successfully complete their adoption journey and return home with their two beautiful children. As a
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Equipped to Love: How the Church Can Support Adoptive and Foster Families

January 10, 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. Children who have experienced neglect, abuse, and trauma often require a unique mindset when dealing with behavioral challenges and even in everyday interactions.
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The Hike: Adopting a Child with Down Syndrome

January 4, 2017 international
Scott and his wife, Haley, adopted Eden from China as an aging out child with Down Syndrome. Listen to his story about how God calmed his heart about adopting a child with different abilities and then amazed him with the value and beauty of her precious life. “Three years ago, I was terrified at what
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