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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$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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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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Program Spotlight: China

May 2, 2017 international
Lifeline’s China program is currently accepting applications for eligible families! What’s new in your program? Over the past few years, China has become more and more of a relational program. Most recently, China has invited Lifeline to participate in Kids Camps, which afford us two weeks to spend true one-on-one time getting to know a
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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: 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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Glimpse of Heaven | March Kids Camp 2017

March 21, 2017 lifeline
I caught a glimpse of what heaven will be like at Pump It Up this week. Yeah, I know what you are probably thinking: Allison, your version of heaven and my version do not match. Letting loose eleven Chinese speaking orphans all under the age of 12 in a room full of inflatables is not
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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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"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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China Kids Camp Arrives! |Lifeline Kids Camp March 2017

March 7, 2017 rachelmiley
As I write this, a plane is taking off from Detroit carrying 11 children and three adults on the last few hours of their journey from Chongqing, China to Birmingham, Alabama. As we anxiously await the arrival of our guests, I doubt they know what it has taken to get them here. They probably don’t know
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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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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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Holiday Tips for Waiting Families

November 8, 2016 international
As the holidays roll in, you may find yourself in a time of longing and waiting—waiting for your family to be complete; waiting for your child; and waiting on the Lord’s perfect timing. One friend of Lifeline said, “My younger sister was adopted, and I remember my parents . . . being so consumed with
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Keep a family of 5 together

October 16, 2016 rachelmiley
Our team is searching for a family for a group of 5 siblings from Taiwan that are at risk for being separated. The oldest brother has the potential to be adopted without the rest of his siblings unless a family is willing to adopt them all together. Please help us find these precious kiddos a family
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How Will Adoption Impact My Other Children?

October 14, 2016 international
How will adoption impact my other children? That’s a question that all parents ask and must anticipate before bringing a child home. Preparing siblings for adoption can be exciting, but they will be asked to make sacrifices and could be part of new challenges as everyone adapts to having a new child in the home.
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