Peace & Provision in the Adoption Valley: Lauren Pinkston

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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.

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The Awkwardness of Adoption: Lauren Pinkston

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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.

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When You Love a Prodigal

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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.

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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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