Foster Care & Adoption

happy couple dreaming of their home and future family

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A Foster Care Story: The Father's Perspective

Lincoln Knowles

I simply figured that I would one day marry, and that my wife and I would together create a "traditional" family. Yet this plan wasn't actually a plan; it was an assumption.

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Tyrone Flowers

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Tyrone Flowers Wanted Revenge, But Found Purpose Instead

Matt Kaufman

He spent his childhood without parents, bouncing between foster homes and reform school. And when a teammate’s bullet took away his future in sports, Tyrone Flowers found himself asking, “Why me?”

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Serious couple sitting on sofa reading papers

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Facing Your Fears as You Accept the Call to Adopt

Julie Holmquist

Fear almost stopped me from obeying what God had called us to do. As we read the profiles of various foster children, we learned about some of the abuse, indignities, neglect and lack of stability these kids had faced. Were we really ready?

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Busy mother organizing children at breakfast in kitchen

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God Builds Your Faith as You Adopt

Julie Holmquist

How one family came to recognize God’s faithfulness as He provided for them at each step of their adoption journey.

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Sad teenage boy leaning on a wooden fence

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Preparing Your Heart and Soul for Adoption

I expected that our love and knowledge as parents could help heal every wound our adopted children might have, but my expectation was not fulfilled. And I’m not the only adoptive parent who has been taken by surprise.

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Sad teenage boy leaning on a wooden fence

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Preparing Your Heart and Soul for Adoption

Julie Holmquist

I expected that our love and knowledge as parents could help heal every wound our adopted children might have, but my expectation was not fulfilled. And I’m not the only adoptive parent who has been taken by surprise.

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Mother and father with their son at home

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Logan’s Story: Sometimes, Saying Goodbye is the Hardest Part of Foster Care

Julie Holmquist

For almost two years, Amy and Brian loved little Logan as their foster son, with hopes of adopting him. Now, no matter what happens with Logan’s future, Amy and Brian know that God gave them a chance to take part in a healing miracle.

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Suburban houses and car covered in snow

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Finding Respite From the Storm

Marie Isom

Sandra Stanley and her family volunteered to provide respite care for foster families in need. Turns out it was just the first step in what became a family ministry.

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Illustration of a boy lying back with his hands behind his head, surrounded by question marks in speech bubbles coming from other people

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Help Kids Answer Uncomfortable Questions About Adoption

Sara R. Ward

Empower your child to respond with confidence when peers ask about her adoption

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Happy young boy smiling

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The Messiness and Beauty of Adoption

Natalie Maxwell

I realized with newfound clarity that the miracle of adoption has zero to do with me and everything to do with the One who invented it.

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The Guerra family

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Surviving the Trials of Adoption and Attachment

Shannon Guerra

We need people to understand how to support families working through attachment issues so they can intentionally be part of the solution, instead of unintentionally part of the problem.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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The Value of Mentoring Fatherless Boys

John Smithbaker and Scott MacNaughton discuss the damaging impact of fatherlessness in America and how their mentoring ministry, Fathers in the Field, helps fatherless boys experience the love and faithfulness of their Heavenly Father.

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Father and adopted son sitting on sofa being playful

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10 Ways to Make a Difference for Orphans

Focus on the Family

The sheer number of children waiting for a family of their own can seem overwhelming, but there are plenty of things you can do right now to make a difference for orphans.

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A child hugging a woman around the neck from behind

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A Heart for Orphans

Kelly Rosati

From providing the basic necessities of food and water to dramatic life changes like foster care or adoption, each of us can live out God’s command to care for orphans.

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Woman's hand writing on a notebook with a pen on at a wooden desk.

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Dear Prospective Foster Parent …

Is God prompting you to adopt? To provide foster care? To support foster and adoptive families? Maybe you’ve prayed about it, but you still feel unequipped and fearful. Well, you’re not alone.

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Woman's hand writing on a notebook with a pen on at a wooden desk.

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Dear Prospective Foster Parent …

Jenny Knowles

Is God prompting you to adopt? To provide foster care? To support foster and adoptive families? Maybe you’ve prayed about it, but you still feel unequipped and fearful. Well, you’re not alone.

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Couple with a foster baby girl

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What’s it Like to be a Foster Parent? Lessons From Parents and Children

If you want to get a realistic picture of what it’s like to be a foster parent, the best thing to do is speak with the folks who are living it.

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A couple holding hands in prayer

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Preparing for the Foster Care/Adoption Journey

Jenny Knowles

From praying to volunteering to simply talking with others who’ve been there, there’s plenty you can do to prepare for the journey of becoming a foster or adoptive parent.

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Terrie and Cal Morrow with Abbey

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Adoption in the Empty-Nest Years

Matt Kaufman

Cal and Terrie Morrow thought they were done raising children — until they met Abbey.

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Tween girl sits at window watching rain, looking forlorn

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Managing Unfairness in an Adoptive Family

Sarah Sisson Rollandini

When raising kids from different backgrounds, life can be unfair

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Obeying God's Call to Rescue Orphans

Dr. Charles Mully shares his incredible testimony of growing up as an orphan in Kenya and later becoming a wealthy businessman who felt called by God to rescue and rehabilitate orphaned children living on the streets.

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Charles Mully and his wife Esther surrounded by a very large group of children

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Mully’s Mission: Rescuing Orphaned Children

Sheila Seifert

How a millionaire's past led him back to the streets of Kenya.

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Foster Parenting: Don’t Let Fear Stop You From Helping Hurting Children

T.J. and Jenn Menn

There is a world of hurting children who need to experience the love and compassion of caring foster parents.

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No More Waiting

Julie Holmquist

Bill and Kim dismissed various "nudges" to consider adoption until one Sunday when their pastor mentioned an event called Wait No More, an event for anyone exploring adoption from foster care.

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