Whether your family has been on this journey for years, or you’re just getting started, The Adopting and Fostering Home here to support and encourage you along the way.
A Rough Road to Ministry
On this week’s episode of The Adopting and Fostering Home podcast, host Lynette Ezell interviews pastor Shaq Hardy about his childhood and what it was like being in the foster care system until the age of ten.
Navigating an Open Adoption
Open adoptions may be confusing or daunting when you’re growing your family. On this week's episode, A&FH host Lynette Ezell interviews mother and adopted daughter, Karen LaBarr and Christy Harmon, about their relationship with Christy's birth mother and how it has shaped their family.
Fostering in Your Early 20s
Corey Taylor is a 23-year-old foster parent who has been on the adoption and fostering journey for 10 months now. Each week brings him closer to officially being able to adopt the 6-year-old boy he has grown to love. This week on the Adopting and Fostering Home podcast, Taylor shares with host Lynette Ezell how God prompted him to become a single foster parent when he was 21 and the practical steps he took to prepare his heart and home on this journey of obedience.
For a free, downloadable guide on how to care well for foster families amid the pandemic, go to sendrelief.org/foster-care-adoption.
Both Brave and Blemished
Host Lynette Ezell interviews author Adrian C. Collins about being both a "brave and blemished" parent as she re-adopted her daughter, whom she surrendered custody of as a newborn. Collins discusses overcoming shame and the hurdles of mother-daughter relationships in this in-depth interview. To stay updated on Adrian's honest and inspiring journey, subscribe to her blog at adrianccollins.com. For a free downloadable guide on how to care well for foster families amid the pandemic, go to sendrelief.org/covid.
Trusting The God of The Gospel
Helping a child or teen see the need for Jesus is one of the chief goals of a Christian adoptive or fostering home. In this episode, host, Lynette Ezell invites Arthur Woods to to share his vast experience as an adoptive and fostering parent. That experience includes walking teens through the process of overcoming trauma to accept Jesus. Arthur shares some valuable tips on how parents can help their children and teens from trauma-filled backgrounds navigate those challenges to be more receptive to the gospel.
Navigating Foster Care during COVID-19
Host Lynette Ezell welcomes Cheri Williams, senior vice president of domestic programs at Bethany Christian Services, and Kimberly Offutt, national director of foster care adoption at Bethany Christian Services, to discuss ways the coronavirus pandemic has affected the fostering and adoption processes. The trio provides insight on how to best handle the changes COVID-19 has brought. Find out how to give to the Adoption Fund for Ministers by visiting namb.net/give/adoption-fund/.