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Welcome to the Adopting and Fostering Home podcast. 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.

The Adopting and Fostering Home Podcast Send Relief, Lynette Ezell, Tera Melber

    • Christianity
    • 5.0, 39 Ratings

Welcome to the Adopting and Fostering Home podcast. 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.

    Tips Beyond Training

    Tips Beyond Training

    Hosts Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber draw upon their multiple years of experience in fostering and adoption as they share a list of things formal training alone could not prepare them for on their fostering and adoption journey.

    Resources:

    - Keep the Doors Open: Lessons Learned from a Year of Foster Parenting https://www.amazon.com/dp/0736976698/ref=cm_sw_r_oth_api_i_oCZ-Eb28BRTHB

    - https://equippingminds.com/

    - https://lifelinechild.org/bridge-educational-services/

    Find out how to give to the Ministry Adoption Fund by visiting sendrelief.org/foster-care-adoption/.

    • 26 min
    The Power of Story in Parenting

    The Power of Story in Parenting

    We can go straight to the gospels and the words of Jesus to see how the power of story can inform us, inspire us and connect us. In this episode, Dr. Lee Ann Dickerson joins hosts Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber to discuss how using the power of story can strengthen a child’s personal narrative and the parent-child relationship. Find out how to give to the Adoption Fund for Ministers by visiting sendrelief.org/foster-care-adoption/.

    • 26 min
    Navigating Open Adoption

    Navigating Open Adoption

    For individuals and families who feel God’s call toward adoption, there is more than one way to live that out. In this episode, hosts, Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber have a chat with Bethany Hall, who defines and discusses best practices on how to navigate open or domestic adoption. She gives helpful tips on setting boundaries with the birth parents from the beginning of the process and on how to be spiritually refreshed and encouraged during the most difficult times.

    Everyone Can Do Something (Part 2): Jason Johnson

    Everyone Can Do Something (Part 2): Jason Johnson

    In part two, guest Jason Johnson talks about what it means to reframe foster care through the gospel. He also shares best practices for preparing a family to realistically engage fostering with passion. He reinforces the title of his first book, Everyone Can Do Something, by sharing three practical ways families and individuals can find their “something” in fostering.

    • 25 min
    The Grand Mother

    The Grand Mother

    When Sandra Viena, age 72, showed up to a church in her hometown of Detroit looking for a little help, she had absolutely no idea how much she was about to receive. This special Stories of Hope podcast reinforces the fact that, when it comes to adoption and fostering, everybody, regardless of age or position in life, truly can do something.

    Find out how to give to the Ministry Adoption Fund by visiting sendrelief.org/foster-care-adoption/. Also, subscribe to Stories of Hope podcast for more inspiration.

    • 11 min
    Everyone Can Do Something (Part 1): Jason Johnson

    Everyone Can Do Something (Part 1): Jason Johnson

    Jason Johnson joins co-hosts, Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber, to share how God shaped his fostering journey from being a church planter to becoming director of the National Church Ministry Initiative for the Christian Alliance for Orphans. His transparency encourages listeners to frame foster care through lenses of the gospel instead of broad, sweeping judgments about best practices.

    Resources: Check out Jason’s blog, http://jasonjohnsonblog.com/reframing-foster-care, where you can find helpful information about fostering, and purchase his books, Reframing Foster Care — Filtering Your Foster Parenting Journey Through the Lens of the Gospel” and, Everyone Can Do Something — A Field Guide for Strategically Rallying Your Church Around the Orphaned and Vulnerable.

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

lalabean12 ,

Necessary resource for foster parents

I have been so encouraged and strengthened by this podcast. Just as I face something new in this fostering process, a new podcast will come out to refocus and equip me.

Kaylan29 ,

Gospel-Centered, Practical, & Encouraging

This is such a practical, informative, and encouraging podcast! I wish I would have found it sooner! I love how all the content is presented through a Gospel lens. Thanks for reminding us that we’re not alone in this call! God. Is. Faithful!

Lethompson2010 ,

So helpful!

I love how impactful each episode is. As a busy, working foster mom, I also love that the episodes are just short enough that I can learn something new all in one sitting!

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