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1 Year Out of the Orphanage and in Her Family’s Arms – Foster Parents Article

Many of the stories we share conclude with a child coming home. But as every adoptive family knows, “gotcha day” is just the beginning. Bonding as a new family is serious work. If you’re an adoptive or foster parent in the trenches, here’s some encouragement that God can work miracles in your child’s life.   In one mom’s words, “We just wanted to say thank you again for the grant we received for our daughter’s adoption. On April 15 she…

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“The Moment We Knew We Were Called to Adopt.” – Foster Parents Article

Just three years after grieving the loss of their daughter, Jon and Kristen felt called to adopt. The following post written by Jon details their journey from calling to homecoming.  In January 2013, we mourned the loss of our daughter Kate. She was stillborn at seven months. We think about the many moments when we felt Kate’s hands and feet push out against Kristen’s baby belly and the eagerness and anticipation we experienced waiting to bring her into our world.…

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Vanessa Coming Home – Lifesong for Orphans – Foster Parents Article

Some argue that “happy airport homecoming” videos aren’t the most accurate picture of adoption. Every adoption involves heartache, loss, and disappointment, and yet we celebrate it with balloons, banners, and parties. Why? Because adoption is a beautiful contradiction of loss and gain. The beautiful videos and joyful meetings have such value. They give us a peek at God’s heart when we’re adopted into His family. We can celebrate the airport homecomings because one joyful day, God will celebrate our ultimate homecoming—made possible through…

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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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It Was Instant Love – Lifesong for Orphans – Foster Parents Article

Love at first sight. It’s the stuff of fairy tales and romantic comedies… right? Believe in it or not, nearly all parents talk about this feeling. When their son or daughter is born, many birth parents mention the instant love they had for their child. And the same often holds true for adoptive parents upon seeing their son or daughter for the first time. It was certainly the case for William and Paige, who met their daughter less than 24…

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