Joy in Obedience: Adopting the Little Boy in the Pink Shirt

Guest blog by David & Jackie Askvig In early 2015, we had two young children and began to feel God pushing us toward adoption. We narrowed our focus to foster care and felt God confirming that we should begin our …

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Preparing for Primary and Secondary Adoptive Trauma

This month, we’re featuring some different voices from the world of adoption. The following post is written Renaut van der Riet, an adoptive father and pastor. He shared his adoption story on the Lifesong blog a few months ago (take …

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Considering Adoption? 5 Questions to Ask

We are deeply grateful for trusted adoption ministry partners like Loving Shepherd Ministries who share their experience and expertise so freely with families in process. This post is from Amber Steffen and Loving Shepherd Ministries.   The adoption journey is …

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The “Why” of Down Syndrome Adoption

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. So this month especially, we’re thankful to be partners with the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network (NDSAN). Its mission is simple: to ensure every child born with Down syndrome has the opportunity to grow …

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Life Lessons from Adoption: Love Is Costly

Guest post from pastor, adoptive dad, and Lifesong matching grant recipient Brad Raby.  My wife and I had the unique experience, joy, and challenge of entering the world of international adoption. At the time of writing this, we have been home …

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My Daughter’s Birthmother Is My Real-Life Superhero

Guest Post from Francina Kahl, Founder of Be Still Tea Our adoption journey began in the middle of 2012. I was pregnant, and we had just found out that we were going to have a third son. My only daughter …

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The Power of a Seed: My Journey in Foster Care

My name is Crystal Williams, and I am a former foster youth. I aged out of the foster care system at the age of 18, and I was so blessed to be able to be in a family that decided …

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We Never Adopted… But Our Children Did

Guest post by Marla Ringger, Co-Founder of Lifesong for Orphans Gary and I became grandparents in our youth. He was 48 and I was 47. Two and a half years later, we had a full house: 3 granddaughters and twin …

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The Value of Community in Adoption

Guest post by Renaut van der Riet (pictured above) The Gospel compelled my wife Brooke and I to get involved in reaching children from hard places, in bringing children who didn’t belong into belonging spaces. We were inspired, we were ready, …

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This Adoption Story Isn’t What You Think

Guest post by Donna Nicholson, LPC, from Bethany Christian Services Emily* was a 36-year-old mother of two and facing an untimely pregnancy when we met. Her story was long, complicated and, to me, a pregnancy counselor for Bethany Christian Services, …

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