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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A Life-Affirming Approach to Being Pro-Life

August 2, 2017 rachelmiley
From our founding we have been part of the pro-life cause as we bear strong convictions that EVERY person is an image bearer of God, our Creator, and that each person is a person at the moment of conception. This conviction that every person is an image bearer, however, does not stop at conception or birth.
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Foster Care: The Call of the Church

July 5, 2017 rachelmiley
Leland Brown, Foster Parent   C.S. Lewis once famously said that in his conversion he was basically dragged kicking and screaming into heaven, looking everywhere for a way out, and in hindsight he was blown away by God’s mercy and humility to accept such a convert. My journey in becoming a foster parent has been
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Love Like the Father

June 13, 2017 rachelmiley
“I told them that I want to be an advocate for their son first and foremost and also an advocate for them and their other children.” The meetings continued to occur about every two weeks, where they could discuss their goals and vision for the children and Lee could challenge Mindy and Mark to work on their marriage and personal growth.
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Fighting for Family

May 11, 2017 rachelmiley
As Mother’s Day approaches us, we at Lifeline love to celebrate the strength of mothers who fight for their families and love courageously. Allison is one such mom. She is a recent graduate of a Families Count class hosted by a church in Birmingham, Alabama. Her story is one that, like many, includes a battle
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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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Expanding Foster Care Impact

March 23, 2017 international
Only 19%…—a percentage that often communicates a profound lack of success, and, in this case, a profound need. In 2016, Lifeline’s foster care ministry recognized the need for more qualified and trained foster families. Because of a lack of licensed families, Lifeline was only able to place 19% of our foster care referrals in Alabama.
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March Monthly Focus: Fostering

March 1, 2017 international
The Problem Facing Fostering  In 2016, Lifeline was only able to place 19% of our foster care referrals in 2016 because we did not have enough licensed families. A lack of licensed families creates a scenario in which the number of children sleeping at the DHR office or in overcrowded residential homes is sobering. Furthermore,
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Shifts in Fostering: From Licensing to Sending Agency

October 14, 2016 international
In 2009, Lifeline Children’s Services stepped into the world of foster care with the conviction that caring for children includes family reunification, birth family ministry, and providing quality homes that show the love of Christ to children and families in crisis. Since the beginning of our work in foster care, we have been able to
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Heartbreak, Hurt, and Amazing Grace

September 9, 2016 lifeline
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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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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Three Important Relationships for Temporary Dads

June 1, 2016 lifeline
I’ll never forget when our first respite care child, a three-year-old boy, came to our home. My wife and I were so excited and so nervous! All the training, home preparation, and prayer led to this moment. This little boy’s foster parents came, visited a few minutes, and left him in our temporary care. Within
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So Now, We are His Children

March 16, 2016
We now belong to a Father, in a new family with sisters and brothers from all times, cultures, and languages. We have not earned this identity, but have received it all because of Jesus!
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