New York, Virginia, and Born-Alive: How will you respond?

March 1, 2019 Justin Walters
September 11, 2001 was a clear, sunny Tuesday in New York City. The Major League Baseball season was nearing the end, and the Yankees were once again in first place with the Chicago White Sox in town. Men and women scrambled from all across the many boroughs of New York City, dropping kids off at
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Sovereignty Over Slavery

February 21, 2019 rachelmiley
In some parts of the world, like Pakistan, there are still modern-day slaves. Slaves that start out as a man in need of work in order to provide for his family, but who end up being indebted to a factory owner for life, with no hope of ever paying back the interest accrued on each meagre paycheck or loan.
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Love: It Redeems and Restores

February 13, 2019 rachelmiley
She found out the night before it happened. After spending her entire life with her foster grandparents, she was being sent to an orphanage.At the gates of the orphanage, FuYongLi was forced to say goodbye to the only family she’d ever known, and a dorm of 70 teenaged girls became her new home.
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Love: It Hurts Sometimes

February 6, 2019 rachelmiley
Love hurts sometimes. Even with your best intentions to bring healing and restoration to your child, the pathway towards that healing can be painful. Worth it? Oh, yes. But painful, too. Be honest about your pain. Be curious about what the Lord is saying to you through your pain. And lean on His promises that will never, ever fail.
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Love: It Knows No Borders

February 1, 2019 rachelmiley
A baby abandoned in a roadside trash heap. A kindhearted boy who was family to him when neither of them had family. An imperfect, yet surrendered couple who answered God’s call with "yes"... twice. And now? A still imperfect, yet joy-filled family that radiates God’s extraordinary love — the kind that enables us to love beyond the borders of comfort, disabilities, and countries.
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Helping Our Daughter Face Her Grief

January 21, 2019 rachelmiley
After 6 1/2 years of marriage and unexplored infertility, my husband and I welcomed our first “forever daughter” into our home. Underweight, underdeveloped and misunderstood, she transitioned into our home kicking and screaming—literally. This unexpected twister that kept sucking up our joy and tossing us around had a name: it was GRIEF.
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When To Ask For Help

January 14, 2019 rachelmiley
At Lifeline, we very much want to support you every step of the way, from the first time you inquire about adoption to years down the road. We know that even though adoption is beautiful, it is a long, tough road. This article discusses different situations where counseling could be a useful resource for your family.
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You Were Made For This: the Johanson Family's Story

December 28, 2018 rachelmiley
Meet the Johanson family. Jen and her husband, Brodie, have adopted four children through Lifeline. We sat down with Jen to ask her some questions about her adoption experience.
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The Avalanche and the Choir - Why Saying "Yes" Is Worth It

December 18, 2018 rachelmiley
But of course, saying “yes” to adoption is not only saying yes once. It is an avalanche of yeses - starting with that one, single step and plunging you deeper and deeper into a story, a life, and an adventure - none of which, maybe, you were expecting. One “yes” turns into a thousand yeses, and with each one, we went deeper and deeper into this adventure.
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Be Still and Know - Torey Eaves' Story

December 14, 2018 rachelmiley
A lot of families feel led to adopt. That was not the case for the Eaves family. They didn’t feel like they met the qualifications. They had just finished all the “toddler things” (let’s just say, they were over the diapers). They didn’t have the money. But when Torey saw the blurred face of a little boy from China and heard the Lord say “you have a son; you need to go get him,” everything changed.
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Turning From Fearful Places: a Letter From a Hungary Dad

December 4, 2018 rachelmiley
As I sit at my computer on this rainy day in a foreign country I constantly hear our expressive child speak words that we don’t understand interjected with “daddy, daddy, daddy….I love you.” His mother and I began teaching him this very important phrase on the first day we met him. It did not take him long to understand it’s meaning as we would use it interchangeably with the native form.
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I'm a Child of God, Yes I Am

November 26, 2018 rachelmiley
It was a moment that had me transfixed. A moment I've replayed in my head dozens of times since. As I watched, I held my breath. Surely, we were on holy ground.
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Trusting His Plan: Adoption and How It's Changed Us

September 21, 2018 rachelmiley
Meet Finley and Meagan Smith. Meagan lives in Birmingham with her husband, Josh, and daughter, Finley. They brought Finley home from India in 2017. We sat down with Meagan to ask her some questions about her adoption experience.
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A Few Facts to Know About Adopting From Brazil

August 27, 2018 rachelmiley
Brazil can be an amazing program for families who welcome stability in the process and who are being led to be a forever family for children from various racial and ethnic diversities. Brazil may also be a perfect program for families interested in older children and sibling groups!
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Why Feeding Therapy

August 13, 2018 rachelmiley
Because of the impact that early life has on food and eating, children from trauma often have feeding challenges. We talked with Melissa Pouncey, a speech therapist, who specializes in children from hard places and has worked closely with Lifeline in training caregivers through (un)adopted® trips. She has given us a basic understanding of feeding issues and when therapy is needed.
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When Being a Picky Eater Signals a More Pressing Feeding Issue

July 19, 2018 rachelmiley
Eating is an essential part of development, as our physical bodies need physical nutrition. But, food means more than just nutrition. Because of the impact that early life has on food and eating, children from trauma often have feeding challenges. We talked with Melissa Pouncey, a speech therapist, who specializes in children from hard places and has worked closely with Lifeline in training caregivers through (un)adopted® trips.
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Fathers Who Give Hope

June 15, 2018 rachelmiley
If we are fathers, the most important lesson we teach our kids is about a heavenly Father who will consistently pursue them with love, firmness, grace, holiness, compassion, mercy, and consistency.
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Keeping Them Together - The Martin's Story

June 6, 2018 rachelmiley
Our adoption story is one being filled little by little, step by step, as God was quietly preparing us for a beautiful plan. And of all things, He used Facebook to put the final piece into place.
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She Is Known - The Buchanan's Story

June 5, 2018 rachelmiley
Today we had an appointment at the US embassy to receive Gabby’s visa. We had to hop around to different office windows gathering different documents. Each window gave us a slip with her given name at birth since her name has not legally been changed to Gabby yet. The slips all read: SINDHU UNKNOWN. Sindhu Unknown.
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Supporting Your Church's Foster Care Community

June 4, 2018 rachelmiley
Gardendale First Baptist Church has long supported their local foster care community. It began when leadership noticed the need for stable homes for children in transition. Quickly, their church implemented support for foster care families on multiple levels.
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