Orphan Care

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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Gospel Coalition: How Foster Care Became a Christian Priority – Foster Parents Article

The Gospel Coalition today released a compelling article on the growing church engagement in foster care seen across the U.S:  How Foster Care Became a Christian Priority — Just in Time.  The article by Sarah Zylstra captures the sweep of the history and what is happening today more fully than any article or research to date.  It’s well worth the read. *Photo by Sharon McCutcheon from

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2 Things We Try Before International Adoption – Foster Parents Article

Holt does more than adoption?! A misconception we often hear is that Holt International is only an adoption agency. This probably stems from our long history in international adoption, but in truth, Holt serves far more children through programs that help them stay with their families. At Holt, we in fact consider international adoption to be the last, best option for children. Holt’s model of adoption is child-centric, meaning that we uphold the needs of the child as our number…

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The Secret of Their Lives – Foster Parents Article

A little girl at the HIV group home looks out the front door to a sunny courtyard. Most of the children here don’t know they are HIV+. It’s too risky. Their teachers don’t know. Their neighbors definitely don’t know because if they did, they would have to move again. They’ve moved eight times in ten years, all 28 children. If their teachers knew, they would be isolated and discriminated against or even kicked out of their pricey private school — a…

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