Lifesong News

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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5 Things Your Child’s Birth Mom Wants You to Know – Foster Parents Article

3 years ago, I placed my 2-day old son in the arms of another woman. I chose her to love, cherish, support, and care for him for the rest of his life. But then, soon after, she became someone I viewed as my enemy—someone I was reminded of when I laid in my puddle of tears. As I grieved, I blamed her for all of my hurt.I envied her.She was everything I wanted to be but wasn’t. By the grace…

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A Story of Hope in Haiti – Foster Parents Article

In the midst of fear and confusion over COVID-19, Haiti stands as a stark reminder that overcoming in the middle of uncertainty is possible by the grace of God.   Haiti is a country of resilient people. Children and adults who have experienced unprecedented poverty, increased scarcity, and political corruption—yet continue to press on. But it isn’t easy. Almost 60% of people in Haiti live on an income that is less than $2 each day, and about 60-70% of Haitian people…

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Loaves, Fish, & Adoption Funding – Foster Parents Article

What God desires to happen, He makes happen. God is faithful to give us what we need in order to live in obedience to His will. And we find evidence of this in a story tucked in each of the four Gospels. 5,000 people had gathered to hear Jesus speak. After a long day of learning, they were hungry. The disciples suggested sending the crowd to surrounding towns to find food for themselves. But Jesus had a different idea. From…

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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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Are There Still Orphanages in America? – Foster Parents Article

You ask… Are there still orphanages in America? Good question. Let’s start from the beginning. The first orphanage was established in the United States in 1729. By 1850, 56 orphanages were up and running, responding to health epidemics and the rapid increase of poor immigrants. That number continued to grow through the start of the 20th century. And they weren’t the easiest places to live. There’s a reason Annie calls it a “hard-knock life.”    Miss Hannigan still gives me…

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How to Hold a Family Together | Amy’s Story – Foster Parents Article

In recent years, millions of migrant workers from Cambodia have poured into Thailand. Today, Thailand is home to 4 million immigrants who are desperately searching for work. One place many men and women find work is on construction sites, working on one job and then moving to work on another. Often moving their family multiple times. Living and working in these conditions leaves men, women, and children extremely vulnerable to exploitation. Each day, they face the threats of trafficking or…

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Lesly’s Story: A Teen Mom from Guatemala – Foster Parents Article

Thank you for supporting orphaned children in Guatemala and believing with us that God has a heart for each of these kids. Here’s a recent update from our team—   We received the call on a busy Monday morning. A home was needed for a 13-year-old girl and her 6-day-old baby. We didn’t have space, but we felt the Lord move, so of course we “made room” for one more. Lesly and her baby arrived later the same day. The baby…

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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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Think Big: What 2020 Could Hold – Foster Parents Article

2020 is less than a day away! Even with the new decade rapidly approaching, there’s still time this year to make a big difference in the coming year. From now until midnight on Tuesday, December 31, your gift to Lifesong is matched up to $1,000,000.   MATCH MY GIFT!   What would hitting the $1,000,000 match mean for children in 2020?   FOR ADOPTION… 500 more families—like the Tubergens—being one step closer to adoption with help from Lifesong financial assistance. In…

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