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How Can the Church Respond to Child on Parent Violence and Aggression? – Foster Parents Article

After a long break, I have been galvanised into blogging today by an article published by the Christian organisation, Premier. The article (available to read here) is an uncritical report of the comments of a Christian author (who I have never heard of) on the recent news reporting of an increase in child on parent violence and abuse. Basically, the parents are to blame. Oh, and also schools, the media and society. But mostly the parents. A bit more smacking…

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Financially Impossible? Not for God. – Foster Parents Article

Choosing a hard yes over an easy no. From fundraising to waiting to adjusting, adopting isn’t easy. But with God’s leading, every adoptive and foster family makes the decision to say YES to their child (and the JOY that comes with them), even when it seems impossible. Hear from a Lifesong family who recently shared with us– Bennett’s adoption was our third adoption in 3 years time. We still had outstanding debt for our second adoption when our agency called…

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I Let My Kids Play Tag in the Church Aisles | – Foster Parents Article

My mom played piano and organ for our church when I was a kid. This meant some Saturdays she’d bring my sister and me to the dark, empty church building where we would entertain ourselves for hours while she practiced. We’d roll under the pews, find forgotten communion cups we’d use for our dolls later, play tag between the aisles, and take rest breaks on the stage stairs. And all of this happened with the epic soundtrack of a booming…

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How a Church in Houston is Practically Serving a Largely Forgotten Group of People in Foster Care – Foster Parents Article

I recently had the opportunity to ask my friend Toni Steere a few questions about ministry and leadership. Toni is the Director of the Legacy 685 Ministry at Houston’s First Baptist Church. Throughout the past ten years, Legacy 685 has faithfully served adoptive and foster families in the greater Houston area as an “outside the walls” ministry!   I asked her four questions, but was particularly blown away by her answer to the first, so I thought I would just…

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Learning and Leading: An Interview With Philip Pattison – Foster Parents Article

I recently had the opportunity to ask my friend Philip Pattison a few questions about ministry and leadership. Philip is the Founder and Executive Director of Foster the Bay, a coalition of churches committed to providing a loving home for every child in foster care in the San Fransisco Bay area, as well as wrapping around supporting those families who are. Philip and his wife are also foster and adoptive parents.   Philip serves in the bay area as well as coaches…

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Air1 and KLOVE Raise a Call for Foster Care & Orphans – Foster Parents Article

This weekend, Air1 and KLOVE took to the air for kids in need of families – highlighting the Bible’s call and how ordinary people can make a difference. You can catch the recording and article now on the KLOVE and Air1 websites:  Foster Dad Says, “You Never Outgrow The Need For A Family.” As the written article describes, “You never outgrow the need for a family.  You may no longer need someone to tie your shoes in the morning, but…

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What To Do If You’ve Experienced “Church Hurt” – Parenting Twins Article

Church hurt. It’s real. And if you don’t believe this is a real thing, do research and you’ll actually find countless articles that talk about it and even how to overcome it. Today I wanted to touch on this matter and to talk about how to respond if you’ve ever been “Church hurt” before. If you’ve ever heard someone say, “I’m not going to church anymore because we’ve been so hurt by the church,” then you’ve encountered someone who’s been…

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High School Tennis, Keeping It Simple and Why You Should Have a Ministry Coach – Foster Parents Article

When I was in high school tennis was my life. I tried football in junior high but quit after the first season. I did not enjoy it all. Aside from getting run over by mammoth 13 year olds twice my size I also suffered from severe asthma – I would literally hide an inhaler in my shoulder pads and pull it out while face down in the grass to sneak a puff or two without anyone noticing. Yep. That was…

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