Orphan Care

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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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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Top 10 Family & Adoption Videos of 2019 – Foster Parents Article

As we look back at the stories we shared in 2019, these 10 videos left the biggest impression on our followers — and on us. Which one is your favorite? Do you have a video or a story that you think would be good for us to share? Send it danielh@holtinternational.org!   This is only a snippet of a Foster Parents Article written by Daniel Hespen Read Full Parenting Article

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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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A Dispatch From The 2019 Korea Gift Team – Foster Parents Article

While traveling on this year’s Korea Gift Team trip with Holt, adoptive mom and donor Seri Boettcher kept a travelogue to tell her friends and family about the programs she visited and the children, families and individuals she met.  Holt staff member Amanda Baca holds a child in care during the 2019 Korea Gift Team trip.Holt Morning Garden Shelter We travelled back to Seoul yesterday afternoon after a VERY moving morning in Daejeon (where we spent the night) at the…

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Esther’s Story: Finding Jesus in Haiti – Foster Parents Article

You may have heard in the news about political unrest and protests in Haiti recently. Before the protests began, 70% of kids in Haiti didn’t attend school regularly. And when they did come to school, there was a good chance their teacher wouldn’t show up. With recent protests, far fewer kids attend school. Almost 60% of people in Haiti live on an income that is less than $2 each day. And about 60-70% of Haitian people do not have a job; poverty…

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Short Video of One of the Most Moving Moments of the Year – Foster Parents Article

Without exaggeration, it was one of the most moving and meaningful things I’ve experienced in the past year.  It came in the opening moments of CAFO2019, as participants from across the US and around the world offered glimpses of the brokenness and beauty of their own stories in simple signboards – as a birthmother…an exhausted social worker…a former orphan…a single foster mom…human trafficking victim…foster siblings…and others. The video below captures it well, and I still find tears coming to my…

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Critical Need: Men in Orphan Care – Foster Parents Article

Dad, you are needed in orphan care today more than ever. Men are called to protect and provide for families, and to help father fatherless children. In Deuteronomy 10:18, God set an extraordinary example by “executing justice for the fatherless.” This is the heart of our Father—to father those in need. And little on this earth is more impactful than God-loving men who care for fatherless children. Orphan care, foster care, and adoption efforts suffer without men. Here are 6 thoughts from…

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Reaching the Fatherless Among the Unreached – Foster Parents Article

There are orphans in every country and every people group around the world. The fatherless are in our communities, and the fatherless are often among the unreached.   Who are the unreached? According to the Joshua Project, an unreached people group is one in which there is no indigenous community of believing Christians with adequate numbers and resources to evangelize that people group. Three of the countries in which Lifesong serves are overwhelmingly unreached: Cambodia (*99.3%), India (*96%), and Thailand…

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How An End Of School Year Awards Ceremony Made Us Proud Of Our Kids! – Foster Parents Article

Sometimes we can become so exhausted on this journey that we lose sight of our children’s accomplishments. They are warriors. Many have had to overcome so much! Even if you’re in a hard season, you have reason to be proud! Once again, to my surprise, school is drawing to a close for the year. Parents, we’ve almost made it! Announcements for award ceremonies are going out through multiple emails. Parents are notified if their children will be receiving an award.…

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