We hear it often: hundreds of thousands of children are without families, and homes, all over the world. Whose problem is this? What does that really have to do with us and what can we do about it? On today’s episode of The Honestly Adoption Podcast, we talk openly with Think Orphan’s Phil Darke about why the orphan crisis is everyone’s problem. If you’ve ever wondered how you can be involved, beyond or in addition to foster care and adoption, this is an episode you won’t want to miss! Listen Now:
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You don’t change the world by staying quiet, being nice, or playing by the rules. Just ask adoptive moms. The passion, energy, and voice they have can, and will, change the world for vulnerable children.
In spite of a world that vastly misunderstands foster care, or it’s profound impact on the lives of vulnerable children, the movement is changing lives and reshaping the future landscape of humanity. Jason Weber is one person who is leading this charge. He is the national director of foster care initiatives for CAFO (Christian Alliance For Orphans), and a recently published children’s book author. His recent book, Farmer Herman and the Flooding Barn is a fantastic true story of the impact many people can make when they come together and work for the common good. On today’s episode, Jason and I
There are over 100,000 legal orphans in the United States foster care system. There are over 300,000 churches in the U.S. If the each congregation would step out in faith and embrace the call to care for orphans, we will end this unnecessary waiting. Every child deserves to belong to a forever family.
Sometimes all we can see around us are dark clouds and difficult circumstances. It leaves us defeated. Is there any way to find hope? As I look back over the course of the past 14 years, we’ve walked through more hopeless seasons than we have peaceful ones. It’s sorta the nature of parenting. It’s especially the nature of foster, adoptive, and special needs parenting. I yawn one of those deep yawns just thinking about it. There have been so many moments where all seemed hopeless, lost, and never-ending.
It’s something you might expect will happen when you begin the foster care journey, but still find yourself unprepared for. Strong emotions. How do you navigate the ups and downs, twists and turns, and unending roller coaster ride that foster parenting can often become?
A failed adoption hurts as much as a miscarriage. It’s painful, embarrassing, frustrating and defeating! When an adoption falls through and all of the plans you made diminish like dust in the wind, where do you go? What do you do? How will you ever find hope in the midst of great loss?
Most human beings want to change the world. But where do you begin? In a culture packed with get-rich schemes, overnight YouTube sensations, and more, world-change gets convoluted. In today’s podcast we talk about what it really means to change the world. He was supposed to bounce from foster home to foster home until someone hopefully adopted him. At least, that was the plan. It didn’t hold much of a promise though. There were a lot of infants, lots of children waiting to be adopted in Western Maryland at the time. The story changed for him when a 17-year old girl with
Ask a complete stranger on the street to describe foster care and they’ll probably say, at one point, “I’ve heard it’s really hard!” And they would be right. Sometimes it’s extremely hard, in fact. Given this truth, is it really worth it?