Tips Beyond Training

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Hosts Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber draw upon their multiple years of experience in fostering and adoption as they share a list of things formal training alone could not prepare them for on their fostering and adoption journey. Resources: - Keep the Doors Open: Lessons Learned from a Year of Foster Parenting https://www.amazon.com/dp/0736976698/ref=cm_sw_r_oth_api_i_oCZ-Eb28BRTHB - https://equippingminds.com/ - https://lifelinechild.org/bridge-educational-services/ Find out how to give to the Ministry Adoption Fund by visiting sendrelief.org/foster-care-adoption/.

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The Power of Story in Parenting

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We can go straight to the gospels and the words of Jesus to see how the power of story can inform us, inspire us and connect us. In this episode, Dr. Lee Ann Dickerson joins hosts Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber to discuss how using the power of story can strengthen a child’s personal narrative and the parent-child relationship. Find out how to give to the Adoption Fund for Ministers by visiting sendrelief.org/foster-care-adoption/.

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Navigating Open Adoption

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For individuals and families who feel God’s call toward adoption, there is more than one way to live that out. In this episode, hosts, Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber have a chat with Bethany Hall, who defines and discusses best practices on how to navigate open or domestic adoption. She gives helpful tips on setting boundaries with the birth parents from the beginning of the process and on how to be spiritually refreshed and encouraged during the most difficult times.

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Everyone Can Do Something (Part 2): Jason Johnson

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In part two, guest Jason Johnson talks about what it means to reframe foster care through the gospel. He also shares best practices for preparing a family to realistically engage fostering with passion. He reinforces the title of his first book, Everyone Can Do Something, by sharing three practical ways families and individuals can find their “something” in fostering.

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The Grand Mother

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When Sandra Viena, age 72, showed up to a church in her hometown of Detroit looking for a little help, she had absolutely no idea how much she was about to receive. This special Stories of Hope podcast reinforces the fact that, when it comes to adoption and fostering, everybody, regardless of age or position in life, truly can do something. Find out how to give to the Ministry Adoption Fund by visiting sendrelief.org/foster-care-adoption/. Also, subscribe to Stories of Hope podcast for more inspiration.

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Everyone Can Do Something (Part 1): Jason Johnson

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Jason Johnson joins co-hosts, Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber, to share how God shaped his fostering journey from being a church planter to becoming director of the National Church Ministry Initiative for the Christian Alliance for Orphans. His transparency encourages listeners to frame foster care through lenses of the gospel instead of broad, sweeping judgments about best practices. Resources: Check out Jason’s blog, http://jasonjohnsonblog.com/reframing-foster-care, where you can find helpful information about fostering, and purchase his books, Reframing Foster Care — Filtering Your Foster Parenting Journey Through the Lens of the Gospel” and, Everyone Can Do Something — A Field Guide for Strategically Rallying Your Church Around the Orphaned and Vulnerable.

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Strength for Battle-Weary Parents Part 2

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When it comes to the vast challenges of parenting—regardless of the context—author Pam Parish shares the power of prayer and how God often uses unexpected ways of providing guidance and answers to those prayers. In this episode, she draws from her personal experience of parenting eight children along with the insight found in her book, Battle-Weary Parents, to provide a spark of hope to parents who find themselves in a hard place.

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Strength for Battle-Weary Parents

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Parenting isn’t easy. And there is no shame in admitting that the grind of parenting can take its toll on even the most spiritually mature parent. In this two-part episode, author Pam Parish joins Lynette Ezell to share insight from her book, Battle-Weary Parents, that gives parents Bible-based encouragement and strength, especially for those in difficult seasons of parenting.

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Navigating COVID-19 Together

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For kids who deal with trauma, come from hard places or have known deep loss, grief and neglect, trying to navigate the different rhythms forced upon them by the coronavirus pandemic can be challenging, especially if they sense their parents’ fears. Kevin and Lynette Ezell draw upon their own experiences to provide insight on how to best manage those difficulties in a fostering or adoptive home.

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