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.
The desire to become an adoptive or foster parent is admirable, and particularly attractive to those with big hearts. But in this episode, hosts Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber share the importance of aspiring adoptive and foster parents to count up the costs before diving in.
When it comes to finding the necessary motivation to forge ahead courageously in the world of adoption and fostering, sometimes all the facts and figures in the world can do nothing to trump a good story. In this two-part episode, hosts Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber have a good story with Lauren Pinkston who, along with husband Gavin, are the parents of two adopted daughters and one biological son. Lauren shares her journey from the whirlwind beginnings to the steps of it that led to entrepreneurship, while providing down-to-earth encouragement applicable to adoptive parents anywhere.
When it comes to finding the necessary motivation to forge ahead courageously in the world of adoption and fostering, sometimes all the facts and figures in the world can do nothing to trump a good story. In this two-part episode, hosts Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber have a great story with Lauren Pinkston who, along with husband Gavin, are the parents of one adopted daughter and two biological children. Lauren shares her journey from the whirlwind beginnings to the steps that led to entrepreneurship, while providing down-to-earth encouragement applicable to adoptive parents anywhere.
No matter how prepared you are for the adopting and fostering journey, there still may be those that we deeply love as parents who will choose to learn things the hard way—to reject the love of a family, leave the security of our homes and faith and follow their own way. In today’s episode of the Adopting and Fostering Home Podcast, author Judy Douglass joins hosts Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber to discuss her new book, When You Love a Prodigal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/.