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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Focusing on What Matters

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Some may assume you have to be middle-age with a well-established family unit to foster, but today’s guest reminds us God can use any age, stage and season of life to impact kids who are hurting. Join Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber as they interview Jess Freeman about her family’s experience fostering—in their 20s— a five-year old girl. She unpacks how to discover the meaning being your foster child’s behavior, continuing to date your spouse in a chaotic season and the village it takes to foster well.

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Serving as a Respite Family

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What’s one of the greatest needs for fostering families? Respite care. If you and your family are not called or ready to foster, you can still be a part of this Kingdom work by providing respite care for fostering families. Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber interview Becca Browning on what it’s like being respite family. In this episode, you’ll hear the challenges and immeasurable rewards of being a respite family and the practical benefits for the foster family and the child.

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Carmen Coe: Loving Foster Kids and Their Parents

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Infertility, a cramped New York apartment, racial dynamics, moving across state lines, lost adoption documents and more. Join co-hosts Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber as they discuss with Carmen Coe her family’s process of adopting two siblings and loving their biological families. Carmen and her husband faced many joys, seasons of waiting and sudden surprises as the Lord grew their family. Their journey beautifully demonstrates what it looks like to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit through the adoption process, in loving their children’s biological family and in the midst of the unknown.

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