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When Adoption Is Hard

Adoption is good, But it can also be very hard. I know this first-hand from my own experience as an adoptee and adoptive parent. And I know this because of countless, tender examples shared with me by people on the adoption journey. One of the great privileges of…

How to Reach Orphans This Summer

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer– signaling the beginning of sun-filled days, neighborhood cookouts, and (inevitably) your family's busy to-do list. If we aren't intentional, this season can come and go like a flash and leave us in its wake wondering, "Did I really do anything…

A Word for Those Who Hurt Today

The reality of life in a broken world is that we hurt. And perhaps nowhere is this pain more poignant than in the lives of hurting children. We see brokenness both in the news and in our homes. We see it in overpacked orphanages and CPS offices. And…

From Orphan to International Adoptee

During the month of November—National Adoption Month—we’re honored to lift up various voices from the adoption triad: the child, the birth parents, and the adoptive parents. Today’s guest post comes from Amanda Carpenter, speaking into her life as a former orphan and an international adoptee and adoptive mom. In her…