Redemption from Trafficking (Part 2):

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Hosts Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber welcome back human trafficking survivor Christa Lynn to extend the conversation of how foster and adoptive parents can engage in Holy Spirit-led parenting of children who have been harshly impacted by trafficking. In this episode, she shares the five protective factors used in training people who serve exploited girls and boys through the One More Child Anti-Trafficking organization.

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Redemption from Trafficking (Part 1):

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It seems we’re always inundated with the ugly side of human trafficking. But there is a redemptive side, and in part one of this two-part episode, we are introduced to Christa Lynn. In part one, Christa courageously shares her story of how God bought her back from a life of abuse, reckless living and being a victim of human trafficking as she trusted Jesus as her Lord and Savior.

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How to Avoid Compassion Fatigue

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The children who enter into adoptive or foster homes are not the only ones who end up having to navigate trauma. Although adoptive and foster parents are the ones positioned to assist a child’s first-hand trauma, secondary trauma does exist and can become a challenge for parents. In part one of a two-part episode, hosts Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber host an informative chat with Katie Smith, a licensed clinical social worker and play therapist who owns and operates Arbor Cove Therapy in Roswell, Georgia. Katie helps Lynette and Tera tackle the sometimes-overlooked matter of parents handling the trauma that emerges in their lives even as they parent.

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Navigating Your Child Through Food Insecurities

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Embarking on an adoption and fostering journey often brings about unforeseen challenges. Food insecurity can be one of them. In this episode, Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber draw upon their personal experiences to provide crucial insight and ideas that can help fostering/adoptive parents help their children adjust to the difficulties food insecurity can bring into the home. In addition, our hosts share a few resources designed to give listeners tips on how to help their children develop consistently healthy eating habits.

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Until Every Child Is Home – Getting Involved: Todd Chipman

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Kansas City author, pastor and seminary teacher Todd Chipman returns with hosts Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber to continue the discussion of his new book, Until Every Child Is Home: Why the Church Can and Must Care for Orphans. In this episode, Chipman hones in on what it takes to create a serious presence of child adoption and foster care in our local churches, highlighting the importance of pastoral involvement. He also sheds light on how Christian adoption and foster care can help redirect and transform victims of human trafficking. Chipman’s own experiences as both an adopted child and an adoptive parent bring extra layers of credibility to his perspectives on adoption and foster care ministry which should be helpful for both individuals and churches looking to get involved. Find out how to give to the Ministry Adoption Fund by visiting sendrelief.org/foster-care-adoption/.

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Myths about domestic adoption

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Join co-hosts Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber as they discuss the myths of domestic adoption with their special guest. She is the mother to one biological daughter and two sons, ages 9 and 3, who joined their family through infant adoption. But this journey to adoption took a long time. Hear her story of adoption in Georgia and discover several myths about domestic adoption.

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God’s grace through failed adoptions and miscarriages

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Join co-hosts Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber as they discuss the myths of domestic adoption with their guest. After a miscarriage, she wrestled with anxiety and depression. Like many who long to be parents, she didn’t understand why she couldn’t be the one to raise that child. In part one of this two-part series, hear how she began to understand God’s sovereignty over her life despite not knowing what the future holds.

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When Trauma Shows Up: Nicole Barlow

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The life of a foster parent can be rewarding and satisfying as it provides tremendous opportunities to glorify God by impacting vulnerable young lives. However, that doesn’t mean foster parenting is without its trying or even traumatic moments. Join co-hosts Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber as they listen to Nicole Barlow share how life as a biological mother of one and foster mom of a group of five siblings has stretched her and husband Bruce’s capacity to handle unexpected moments of trauma with the love of Jesus.

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Seeing While Serving: Katherine and Nathan Brown

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What appears to be a mystery to us is fully known to God. Sometimes we make plans to foster and adopt and other times God unexpectedly opens the door for an opportunity that was not on our radar. Join co-hosts Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber as they listen to Katherine and Nathan Brown’s unconventional adoption story, and find out how a couple who had never considered foster care or adoption ended up fostering while serving in their local homeless shelter.

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