When a church embraces the foster system

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Join co-hosts Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber for this special interview with Jay Watkins. As the pastor of Redland Baptist Church and director of Camp Rock, Jay has seen first-hand what a church’s impact has on the lives of children in foster care. Listen to some of Jay’s stories, and learn how you can make a difference in foster care and adoption ministries.

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Stacey DeWitt shares about James’ Storehouse

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From cribs to college, James’ Storehouse serves kids in foster care. On this special episode, join co-hosts Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber as they talk with Stacey DeWitt, executive director of James Storehouse, about how the ministry began and what it’s currently doing now. You’ll also hear stories of Stacey’s personal journey with foster care and adoption.

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Connecting and Caring

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Join co-hosts Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber as they discuss how to connect and care for children with trauma backgrounds. This episode, you’ll glean parenting strategies that promote connection and healing to kids when they’re going through, or reacting to, conflict. You’ll also hear Scripture on how Jesus made connections to people.

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Klothes For Kids

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In this special episode, co-hosts Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber share an inspiring conversation with Shon Murray and her teenage son, Nijel, about their foster care experience and their ministry, Klothes for Kids. Learn more about Klothes for Kids, and hear how the family is pouring into children in the foster care system aside from fostering. You won’t want to miss this unique and heartfelt story!

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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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