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Category Archives: Adoption
Are we “pro-family” to families from the church?
Surely the church can do more to support the caregivers in our midst. We shouldn’t have to wait for the government to take care of our own. Continue reading
Posted in Adoption, Advocacy, Families Tagged #PaidFamilyLeave, #Pro-family, Adoption, caregivers, Center for Public Justice, church, Families Valued, Pro-Life Leave a comment
The evangelicals I wish the world would see
The evangelicals I know care about the people and causes that Jesus cared about during his earthly ministry. They may not necessarily fit the narrative that many in the media would like to propagate about our community. I can’t help but think that evangelicals would have a very different image in our larger culture if more people had the opportunity to get to know some of the folks I was surrounded by during the last three days. Continue reading
An adoptive father returns home
Kevin brought us an appreciation for the challenges adoptive parents face in staying involved with church when their children experience emotional, behavioral or developmental challenges that make church attendance difficult. Continue reading
The man on the pier
Many foster and adoptive parents can relate with the man at the end of the pier. In the last decade or so, the issue of “orphan care” has become rather en vogue within the Church — even to the point of having an “Orphan Sunday.” And that’s all good and well, but if we are not careful, the Church could be the crowd on the shore. But what if, instead of saying “we only know how to say jump,” the crowd had rushed to the end of the pier, with arms outstretched, yelling “Hang on! Help is on the way! Don’t lose hope! We are right here with you. You are not alone!” as they threw the man a life ring? Continue reading
The mental and physical health crisis of kids in foster care
Foster care placement in and of itself may represent a risk factor for mental and physical health problems. Continue reading
Church, we can’t not know about adoption and special needs!
Our church community didn’t know what we would need, but they said yes with us: yes to loving through the brokenness, yes to being faithful to the ones (me included) who need to learn to trust once again, yes to a bit more chaos in our row during worship, yes to choosing to do good for young ones for whom others hadn’t always chosen good in their recent past. Continue reading
Posted in Adoption, Inclusion, Key Ministry Tagged Adoption, church, Disability Ministry, Foster Care, Key Ministry, orphans, Shannon Dingle, Special Needs Ministry Leave a comment
One benefit of visiting a new church as a unique family
As I left that meeting, it struck me: changing churches as a unique family is hard, but the same elements that make us stand out also make others notice us more easily. Continue reading
A fabulous resource for adoptive and foster families from iDisciple
Our team at Key Ministry is very honored, along with five outstanding ministries…Back2Back Ministries, Bethany Christian Services, Christian Alliance for Orphans, Focus on the Family and Tapestry…to have been invited to contribute to a comprehensive array of online resources available through iDisciple – a “life theme” for adoptive and foster families. Continue reading
Posted in Adoption, Advocacy, Families, Foster Care, Key Ministry, Resources Tagged Adoption, Back2Back Ministries, Bethany Christian Services, Christian Alliance for Orphans, family support, Focus on the Family, Foster Care, iDisciple, Key Ministry, Life Themes, ministry resources, Tapestry 1 Comment
Let’s be the people who show up on Saturday
But every adoption is born from some sort of Friday brokenness that meant the parents who bore a child couldn’t or wouldn’t raise him, so let’s own that part of the story too. Let’s own the Saturdays when the loss is heavy and come alongside those whose burdens feel crushing. Let’s not just celebrate with those who celebrate but also mourn with those who mourn.
Posted in Adoption, Advocacy, Foster Care, Key Ministry Tagged Adoption, Easter, Foster Care, Key Ministry, redemption, resurrection, Shannon Dingle 18 Comments
Seven things I learned from our first 1,000 blog posts…
On the occasion of our thousandth post, I’ll share the seven most important takeaways I’ve gained since starting this journey with you in the summer of 2010. Continue reading
Posted in Adoption, Advocacy, Key Ministry, Mental Health, PTSD, Resources Tagged Adoption, children's ministry, Church4EveryChild, Disability Ministry, Gillian Marchenko, Hidden Disabilities, Inclusion, Jeff Davidson, Jolene Philo, Key Ministry, mental illness, Mike Woods, PTSD, Shannon Dingle, special needs, Stephen Grcevich MD, student ministry, trauma 4 Comments