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Whether your family has been on this journey for years, or you’re just getting started, The Adopting and Fostering Home is here to support and encourage you along the way.

The Adopting and Fostering Home Send Relief

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 57 Ratings

Whether your family has been on this journey for years, or you’re just getting started, The Adopting and Fostering Home is here to support and encourage you along the way.

    A Better Way for Orphan Care

    A Better Way for Orphan Care

    As millions of children are housed in orphanages around the world, it’s imperative that we ask ourselves, is there a better way? Kristen Lowry, Send Relief’s Consultant for International Orphan Care says, “We cannot adopt our way out of this.” Kristen shares with Lynette Ezell the surprising lessons she and her team at Shelter Yetu in Kenya learned that have now helped them see more than 600 kids reunified with family.

    November 12th is Orphans and Widows Sunday. To learn more about how you and your church can meet needs and share Christ with children all over the world, go to SendRelief.org/orphan.

    • 30 min
    Fostering Champions for Christ

    Fostering Champions for Christ

    For this Foster Care Awareness Month episode, Michelle Chitwood joins Lynette Ezell in hosting Fostering Champions Founder Bobby Canipe. After Canipe lost his mother to a heart attack and his father to alcoholism, he and his sister were placed in Virginia’s foster care system. Canipe used this childhood experience to inform his work at Fostering Champions, where staff provide housing, resources and a much-needed steppingstone to children who are aging out of the system and entering the real world.

    Learn more about Fostering Champions here.

    Find more resources for your foster care and adoption journey at SendRelief.org.

    • 29 min
    Removing the Barriers

    Removing the Barriers

    Kelley and Randall Nichols from We Are the ECHO join Lynette this week to unpack the familiar statement, “I could never do what you do.” The Nichols emphasize the vital role of community support and candidly share the enemy's resistance to caring for vulnerable people.

    Find resources for your adoption and foster care journey at SendRelief.org.

    • 30 min
    Precious Snowflakes: Adopting Frozen Embryos

    Precious Snowflakes: Adopting Frozen Embryos

    The National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC) is a life-affirming, Christian non-profit dedicated to treating surplus frozen IVF embryos with dignity and finding forever homes for their young lives. NEDC’s Marketing and Development Director Mark Mellinger joins the podcast this week, along with adoptive parents, Josh and Jenn Schouten, to discuss the journey of embryo adoption.

    For further information on the ethics of embryo adoption:
    https://erlc.com/resource-library/articles/what-you-should-know-about-frozen-embryo-adoption/
    https://www.russellmoore.com/2012/09/20/should-christians-adopt-embryos/

    Find more resources for your adoption and foster care journey at SendRelief.org.

    • 35 min
    Redefining My Legacy

    Redefining My Legacy

    Although abuse and childhood adversity filled the early chapters of Kristen Thomas’ life, her trust in Christ and the investment of a caring community has enabled her to write a new story. Be encouraged as Kristen shares with Lynette how God is directing her path and redefining her journey.

    Find resources for your adoption and foster care journey at SendRelief.org.

    • 31 min
    The Role of the Church in Family Advocacy Ministries

    The Role of the Church in Family Advocacy Ministries

    Josh Benton, Vice President at Send Relief, joins Lynette on the podcast this week to share their family’s adoption story and the invaluable role of the local church. Through Family Advocacy Ministry, Josh provides a clear, concise blueprint for ministering to vulnerable children and families.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

Pastor Shane Pruitt ,

Great Podcast

Love this podcast. A great blessing to our family. Shane & Kasi Pruitt

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Jesus Centered Honest Podcast

Love this podcast! We are currently getting licensed to foster/foster to adopt through a local Christian non-profit. I started listening to this podcast back in June when we first started the application process and I just can’t get enough. It answers hard questions and is constantly broadening my perspective on foster care.

Shahola ,

Great podcast!!!

Grateful for this podcast as Lynette Ezell using her wisdom and her encouraging spirit to spur others on in this ministry of fostering and adopting. Whether you are a veteran in this area or just beginning to consider jumping in, this podcast is a GREAT resource!

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