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A Word for Those Who Hurt Today

The reality of life in a broken world is that we hurt. And perhaps nowhere is this pain more poignant than in the lives of hurting children. We see brokenness both in the news and in our homes. We see it in overpacked orphanages and CPS offices. And…

From Orphan to International Adoptee

During the month of November—National Adoption Month—we’re honored to lift up various voices from the adoption triad: the child, the birth parents, and the adoptive parents. Today’s guest post comes from Amanda Carpenter, speaking into her life as a former orphan and an international adoptee and adoptive mom. In her…

5 Lies Adoptive Parents Believe

Adoption is a gift. However, like anything important, a lot of misinformation surrounds it. And no matter how genuinely motivated, lies about adoption are harmful to children in need of families. How many couples are hesitant or unwilling to adopt simply because of "something they've heard"? Here are 5 common…

New Kids Book on Diversity and Inclusion!

"A long time ago, God made all sorts of things ..." And thus begins the book, Image Bearer, recently written by Ellie Sanazaro and illustrated by Madison Kay. If you are a parent of young children and you have any desire to teach a meaningful, Biblical message about disability…

Why We Adopted a Child with Down Syndrome

Guest post by 2019 Lifesong adoption matching grant recipient, Down syndrome advocate, and writer, Ellie Sanazaro. "Your daughter's test results came back normal." "I'm sorry. Can you say that again?" I sat in disbelief as I listened to the voice on the phone. 6 months earlier, my…

Is God Calling You to Adopt?

"How do I know if I'm supposed to adopt?" As an adoptee and an adoptive mom, I hear this question all the time. It's a good question with a complicated answer. So here are 3 things to consider– 1. Adoption is good. No, adopting a child is not a…