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02/10/2020

How to Strengthen Your Marriage while Fostering or Adopting

Dennis and Barbara Rainey know a thing or two about how to strengthen a marriage They’ve strengthened their marriage even while caring for the world’s most vulnerable. They’ve been married over 40 years and have 6 grown children, one of whom …

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10/16/2019

How to Pray about Adoption

Prayer is easily one of our best and most underutilized tools. It’s not because we don’t want to pray. Nor is it because we don’t believe prayer is powerful. Sometimes we simply don’t know what to pray. Life—and specifically adoption—can get really complicated, so …

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07/26/2019

How to Choose: Open, Semi-open, Closed Adoption

Adoption is filled with choices. One of the first things you must decide is whether you want to pursue open, semi-open, or closed adoption. Your choice depends on the relationship you want to have (and you ultimately want your child to …

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07/03/2019

6 Podcasts About Adoption, Foster, & Orphan Care

On the hunt for a new podcast? Look no further. If you’re interested in foster, adoption, or orphan care, these 6 podcasts are for you–   1. The Forgotten Podcast Who’s the Host: Jami Kaeb, founder of  The Forgotten Initiative, Lifesong’s foster care …

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06/28/2019

What Is a Home Study?

I have been a licensed social worker practicing in international adoptions for over 6 years now, and I must confess that I absolutely LOVE paperwork! However, I recognize that I am probably in the minority. I tell families that the beginning …

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05/15/2019

How Much Does Adoption Cost?

Funding is one of the most intimidating yet critical pieces of the adoption process. Discussing the fees associated with adoption services can make us very uncomfortable. Because words matter, it is critical that whenever we discuss adoption funding we do …

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03/13/2019

How to Choose an Adoption Agency

Choosing the right adoption agency is critically important. If all goes well, you could be working together for months or even years. Especially if you are pursuing an international adoption or an open domestic adoption, you could be in contact …

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03/01/2019

Domestic, International, or Foster-to-Adopt?

So you want to adopt. But from where? Now that you’ve decided to adopt, it’s time to decide where you’ll go. Talk to any number of people who have adopted and you’ll likely get the same number of strong opinions. Bottom …

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02/15/2019

How to Adopt a Child

Thinking about starting the process? Every adoption is unique, and much could be written about each step of the journey, but here’s a high-level overview. With every step, we recommend much prayer, research, and discussion. . How to Adopt in …

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11/07/2018

I Can’t Ask Friends and Family to Fund Our Adoption. Can I?

  Asking for money for any reason is hard. Asking for money to fund an adoption is no easier. But is it wrong? Here are 3 questions to consider– . 1. Why are you asking for financial support? Adoption is expensive, but expense–alone–isn’t always …

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