Six Things to Consider Before Fostering

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Join co-hosts Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber as they discuss six thoughts to consider before becoming a foster parent. God uses willing hearts to help His little ones and where He leads He provides but there are things to consider before starting this journey. Foster Care impacts the entire family and here are six things to discuss if you feel led to foster care. Learn more about helping children in foster care, who are living in Christian homes, feel safe.

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Trauma informed care—part 2: Creating an environment of safety within the Church

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In part 2 of this series, Kayla and Ryan North join co-hosts Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber in discussing how to create safe environments for children in foster care. From mission trips to Sunday school, the North family shares practical insight in caring for children who experience anxiety or post-traumatic stress when they go to different environments outside the home. Learn more about helping children in foster care, who are living in Christian homes, feel safe.

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Trauma informed care—part 1: One Big Happy Home

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In part 1 of this series, Kayla and Ryan North—supporters of foster and adoptive families and leaders of ministry with Empowered to Connect—join co-hosts Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber as they discuss getting involved in adopting and fostering culture.

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Staci Thomas part two: connecting with our children

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In the second part of this two-part series, co-hosts Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber continue the conversation with Adoptive mom and director of family programs of Chosen, Staci Thomas, on practicing spiritual disciplines—like self-care featured in Part One. But when a new child enters a family, it can be hard to acclimate, and parents must practice a whole new spiritual discipline—connecting with your children. Gain valuable advice on how to connect and then correct. Learn how building a bond of trust between parents and their foster or adopted child, gives parents room to correct behaviors later.

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Staci Thomas part one: self-care

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In the first part of this two-part series, co-hosts Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber discuss a critical practice every parent needs with special guest, Staci Thomas, the director of family programs for Chosen. As an adoptive mom, Staci has had to accept the value of, and then practice, self-care. Discover why self-care is an important spiritual discipline, and gain insightful tips on how to practice self-care in your day-to-day. We’re here to help! Learn more at sendrelief.org/foster-care-adoption for spiritual resources.

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Advocating for Your Child in School

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In this special episode, co-hosts Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber share how Holly and Brad Clark, parents to three adopted daughters with various special needs, advocate for their children in school. Discover how God used Holly’s past work as a Court Appointed Special Needs Advocate as a stepping stone to prepare her for motherhood. For more information on adoption and foster care, visit sendrelief.org/foster-care-adoption.

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The Stinson family—adopting a child with special needs (Part 2)

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On the second episode of this two-part series, co-hosts Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber welcome back Randy and Dana Stinson. They have been married 27 years and have eight children—five of whom are adopted. Continue listening to their story as they discuss specifically how they care for their son, Brewer, who has special needs. Despite the challenges, they have no regrets. Tune in to find out more!

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The Stinson family—pt.1, adoption disruptions

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In the first episode of this two-part series, co-hosts Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber speak with Randy Stinson, senior vice president for academic administration and provost at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his wife, Dana about adoption disruptions.

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