Parenting: How to Deliver a Consequence

February 16, 2018 rachelmiley
These discussions of trauma and attachment can, at times, leave a parent feeling paralyzed in how to respond to misbehavior for fear they will cause further damage and trauma...As we provide discipline, (training that corrects, molds, and encourages moral character) rather than punishment (which can be punitive and create fear in a child), we help that child find the secure foundation they need.
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5 Podcasts for Families Interested in International Adoption

January 29, 2018 rachelmiley
One of the great aspects of our Defender podcast is the ability for you to hear directly from our staff about updates or changes going on in their areas of ministry. If you are a family who is interested in international adoption, we have gathered five podcasts that will give you information and allow you to hear from several of our program directors.
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Courageous Hearts for God-Sized Challenges

January 26, 2018 rachelmiley
Stacie and Daniel Jackson have adopted twice from China. Both of their two daughters were 8 years old when they came home with their forever family. Both girls had lived a journey of significant medical needs, but the support they received from their new family led the Jacksons to experience God’s miraculous work in multiple ways.
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Lifeline Kansas Expands with CPO Ministry

January 19, 2018 rachelmiley
The Lifeline Kansas team is excited to announce some big news about how God is working! In the Fall of 2017 Lifeline was approached and asked by the Caring Pregnancy Options board if we would pray about taking on their ministry in Topeka, Kansas. We were happy to tell the CPO board we would be thrilled
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Pro-Life Means Every Life

January 8, 2018 rachelmiley
the ultimate value of human life can be found in the gospel. God the Son became a man and fulfilled the work of redemption, and the price that was paid in Jesus establishes the proper worth of people. We treasure each other not so much because of our inherent merit but because of the unfathomable worth of Jesus. At Lifeline Children’s Services, we come alongside the Body of Christ to strive to protect the unborn and to care for and shepherd the already born in ways that extend the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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$300 Scholarship Available for Lifeline Families

November 1, 2017 rachelmiley
Many times financial barriers can be an obstacle to families embarking on an adoption journey. We understand that funding an international adoption is daunting, so Lifeline strives to provide support and relief, whenever possible, for families.
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Kyrgyzstan Family Reunion Recap

October 19, 2017 rachelmiley
Lifeline recently had the opportunity to host a Kyrgyzstan Family Reunion in Birmingham! Four of the five families that have brought children home from Kyrgyzstan were able to meet and fellowship with one another.
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The World at Our Doorstep

August 2, 2017 rachelmiley
Opening Doors In October 2017, I moved to Bogota, Colombia to coordinate our Latin America programs. As Coordinator, Lifeline encouraged me to travel to Colombia in 2011 to better learn the country, the culture, and the children. It changed my life, and now I cannot believe I have the privilege to call this beautiful country
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July Monthly Focus: Church Initiatives and Partnerships

July 5, 2017 rachelmiley
At Lifeline, we believe we already have the answer to the world’s orphan care crisis, and the answer isn’t wrapped up in a new program, or even an old one. The answer has been right in front of us since Jesus gave it to us. The answer is the Church.
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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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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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June Monthly Focus: Alumni Families

June 9, 2017 lifeline
Why Alumni Families Are Important Alumni families are invaluable! Their experiences and first-hand knowledge make them some of the greatest sources of encouragement and wisdom for others. Like-minded families, who have gone through similar circumstances, can be a beacon of hope for others who are struggling, overwhelmed, or find themselves in unfamiliar territory. Talking with
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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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May Monthly Focus: Pregnancy Counseling

May 8, 2017 rachelmiley
The Need Women who are facing unplanned or crisis pregnancies can often feel hopeless. As a result of varying circumstances, these women often question whether parenting is best for them or their child. Some women are led to believe that abortion is the only option to parenting and are often unaware of the option of
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Changes in China | Lifeline Foster Center Update

April 19, 2017 rachelmiley
As of this week, all of the children in the care of Lifeline’s Foster Center have been moved back to their orphanages. We are saddened by the implications of this news for the children we have loved and cared for, as well as the children all over the country of China who will be affected. Although our hearts are broken over these events, we know that this was not a surprise to our Heavenly Father.
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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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Program Spotlight: Latin America

April 5, 2017 international
Program Spotlight: Latin America Lifeline’s Latin America group is currently accepting applications for the countries of Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Dominican Republic. What’s new in your program? We have been thrilled to see our pilot families return home with their newly adopted children from our programs in Brazil and Honduras. And, we have been
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