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Adopting Joy

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Adopting Joy

Colleen Joy Ryan

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The Adopting Joy podcast was created to help you overcome adversity, follow your fate, and find joy, so you can create your best life. Join Colleen Joy Ryan as she shares inspirational insights and actionable tips, tools, and techniques on topics like dealing with difficult people, how to get and stay motivated, transforming your past into your purpose, inspiring dog stories, and more. An international speaker and author, Colleen has entertained thousands with her energetic and inspirational ...
 
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Adopting Hope

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Adopting Hope

Christianity Today

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On each episode of our show, hosts Joyce Koo Dalrymple and Sasha Parker invite a guest to share their stories related to adoptive, foster, and spiritual care of children. These stories reveal much about who we are, who God is, and how we’re transformed through the process of sacrificially loving others.
 
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😿 I had to put down my beloved cat Tigger. 01:10 🐈 My visit to a local no-kill animal shelter: a Tabby kitten named Forrest. 03:14 🐈‍⬛ Little black fluffy George Bailey: Signs and synchronicities. Go with your gut! 06:13 🏡 He came home with me and I named him Ryley. 09:43 🤩 Getting something better around the bend: Pay attention to your intuition! …
 
🤔 Refrain: Think before speaking or sending an email. 01:12 😮‍💨 Refocus: Reboot your brain. 02:49 🎯Rephrase your thoughts using the T.H.I.N.K. exercise. 04:11 Connect with Colleen: 🖼️ Instagram: @AdoptingJoy_ 👩‍💼 LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/colleenspeaks 🐦 Twitter: @AdoptingJoyDi Colleen Joy Ryan
 
Reuben Watson joins Lynette to share part two of his personal foster care story. After a childhood of neglect, 13 foster placements and failed suicide attempts, Reuben is introduced to Jesus and discipled at Sunrise Children’s Homes in Kentucky. As Reuben is growing in his walk with the Lord, He learns that his new life in Christ is the foundation …
 
Between navigating 13 different foster placements, suffering physical and verbal abuse and coping with his mother’s illness, Reuben Watson endured a childhood filled with trauma. After battling feelings of worthlessness throughout his adolescence, Reuben found hope in the gospel. He now works in family services for adoptive and fostering families i…
 
This week, Larry and Beth Robertson join Lynette and continue their story of foster care, adoption and ministry. The Robertsons discuss their temporary foster placement moving to adoption and navigating the court system during COVID-19. The couple candidly shares the importance of respecting a vulnerable child’s boundaries and the daily work of con…
 
NorthRoad Community Church’s lead Pastor, Matt Bartig, joins Lynette on the podcast this week to share his family’s unexpected Foster Care journey and the resulting creation of Divine Nest Ministries. Pastor Matt brings along directors Tim Height and Dani James for further wisdom in navigating the Foster Care System within the Body of Christ. Find …
 
Not everyone is called to adopt, but everyone is called to support adoptive and foster families. Callie Rich joins us for a second episode to discuss creative ways churches can support the fostering and adoptive communities! Listen to this week’s episode to discover new ways you can empower and uplift the adoptive families in your life. Follow Call…
 
This week’s guest, Callie Rich, discusses the unexpected twists and turns of the adoption journey and how God’s call to the everyday tasks of parenting is truly a call to invaluable kingdom work. For more resources on your fostering and adopting journey, visit SendRelief.org.Di Send Relief
 
On this week’s episode of Adopting and Fostering Home with Lynette Ezell, Clint and Jennifer Clinton return to the podcast to share the second part of their challenging journey with a failed adoption, as well as an almost decade-long successful international adoption process.Di Send Relief
 
Clint and Jennifer Clifton, 16-year-veteran church planting missionaries, are proud parents of five children and are in the process of adopting their sixth from Puerto Rico. Join Lynette Ezell on this week’s episode to hear their discussion about the hardships of navigating years-long adoption processes and tools for navigating the in-between. Find…
 
Just as Jesus taught, parables are a healing tool for rebuilding healthy relationships and fractured personal beliefs. Melissa Nichols, lead counselor of Minnesota’s Family Attachment and Counseling Center, explains the power of Story Narratives for children and teens who have experienced complex trauma. Find more resources for your foster care and…
 
Foster and Adoptive mom, Mandie Summers, shares misconceptions that many parents may face on the unpredictable journey of adoption and foster care. Having walked through family reunifications and adoption placements, Mandie shares how the Holy Spirit has provided the wisdom and strength for the next faithful step. Find more resources for your foste…
 
Georgia’s 2019 Foster Caregiver of the Year, Jennifer Nolder, has fostered nearly 40 children and recently officially adopted her first child. She joins host Lynette Ezell this week to discuss how to come alongside a family of origin while fostering their child. She also shares how her own experiences led to forming an organization called Hope Revi…
 
In a special National Foster Care Month edition of the podcast, foster mom Ronda Paulson joins host Lynette Ezell to discuss their shared prayer that every child will one day know the love of a family. Paulson’s passion for foster care eventually took shape in the form of a nonprofit—Isaiah 117 House—that helps children cope with the traumatic day …
 
Dr. Bob Montes, from Trinity Psychological Services, joins us this week to discuss a new, non-medical trauma treatment method called “neurofeedback.” Dr. Bob explains the amazing benefits of neurofeedback and how it can be a helpful alternative to medication for children, teens and adults who are dealing with past traumas. For additional tools and …
 
Melissa Stevenson is a Send Network church planting missionary and mother of five. She shares how the faithfulness of God guided their adoption process through a difficult country and government. Be encouraged as Melissa resonates the promise of eternity despite developmental challenges and deep loss. For more tools in your foster care and adoption…
 
Dr. Christy Montes returns to the show with practical tools to help parents nourish their own souls, so they are better equipped to nurture children from hard places. Learn three easy steps you can take today to combat nutritional deficits for better learning and emotional health in children and teens. For further help with nutritional supplements …
 
On the season finale of our show, Hosts Joyce Dalrymple and Sasha Parker talk to Jeannine Hogg. Jeannine always wanted two things: to be a pediatrician and to have a family. The first desire came to life as she attended medical school, made her way through residency, and began to practice medicine. But as the years went by, marriage and children ha…
 
Dr. Christy Montes joins host Lynette Ezell in discussing naturopathic remedies and the role they play in the complicated healing process for children with backgrounds of trauma and neglect. Learn more about Trinity Psychological Services here. Find more resources for your adoption and foster care journey at SendRelief.org.…
 
As a Korean child of Caucasian parents in a tiny, rural town, Aaron and his adoptive siblings were some of the only non-white people in their community. Aaron came of age in the 80s and 90s, when, as he puts it, “we were all supposed to be colorblind.” So, he didn’t begin to explore his heritage until he was in his thirties. Aaron’s journey of disc…
 
Brian and Amy Shaw were drawn together by their shared desire to serve the Lord abroad. They also wanted to have six children. And yet, despite a two-year stint in China and the births of their first few biological children, the Shaw’s attempts at missions and a large family just wouldn’t work out. Doors to mission opportunities repeatedly closed, …
 
NY parents Steve & Julie Rosati share their story of marrying later in life then embracing foster care and adoption. And when COVID began shutting down services, the Rosati family found innovative ways to meet needs and further the gospel in their community. Find more resources for your fostering and adopting journey at SendRelief.org.…
 
God began planting seeds of love for the orphan in Joyce Dalrymple when she was just a little girl. Joyce’s mom had lost her mother at age three, and Joyce saw how deeply that affected her mother throughout her life. Her heart for the parentless continued to grow as Joyce became a television journalist and reported a story on families who had adopt…
 
The Heald family had five biological children and two opposing thoughts about adoption. Cathy and two of their teenage daughters felt deeply drawn to adoption. Daryl, the founder of Generosity Path, wasn’t quite on board with expanding their family at the time. But through his wife’s prayers, daughters’ imploring, and a moment of clarity from the L…
 
Social worker Carol Lozier and host Lynette Ezell discuss the intricacies of coaching adoptive and foster families to parent children who have experienced severe trauma. Discover therapeutic activity ideas for children through Lozier’s recently published activity book! Download Carol’s STOP Skill and Self Soothe handouts here: STOP Skill Self Sooth…
 
After getting married at 19, Jami Kaeb assumed she and her husband Clint would consider adoption only if they struggled with infertility. But after their first biological child was born, God began to change Jami’s perspective on caring for vulnerable children. Jami and Clint are now the parents of seven children—five through adoption—and Jami is th…
 
A personal and intimate act, adoption that demands immense intentionality and effort. But does that mean it has to be an isolated, lonely experience? Should the goal be a smooth adoption process that results in a shiny, happy family? Sasha and Mike Parker’s stories of adopting five children—growing their family from six members to 11—answer those q…
 
Co-founder of Embrace Grace Inc., Amy Ford shares her moving testimony of how God redeemed her teenage pregnancy and near-abortion experience to prompt her ministry to women navigating unexpected pregnancies. Delve into this week’s episode for an understanding of how caring well for women experiencing crisis pregnancies can preemptively prevent at-…
 
As a child, Adopting Hope co-host Sasha Parker grew up with seven siblings; the two on either side of her had been adopted. So adoption was part of Sasha’s everyday life during her most formative years, which the Lord used to soften her heart to the needs of others.Sasha is now herself a mother of nine – four biological and five adopted. Listen to …
 
On this week’s episode of Adopting Hope, Sasha and Joyce welcome mother and daughter, Lisa Tchividjian and Charlee Tchividjian-Sherry. Lisa and Charlee share a passion for single mothers and for children who are at-risk for entering the foster care system. Lisa and her husband, Stephan, began fostering when their three biological children were teen…
 
Host Lynette Ezell is joined by Michelle Chitwood to interview Krista Grigg about how the Chitwoods inspired her family’s transformation from a unit of three to one of nine! Listen to this week’s episode to learn more about the value of attending adopting and fostering trainings, the role of senior adults in your support system and the various ways…
 
On this week’s episode of Adopting Hope, Sasha and Joyce welcome Dr. Russell Moore. Dr. Moore is the president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the public-policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention. He and his wife, Maria, have five boys—two of whom joined their family through adoption. Dr. Moore also authored, among several other b…
 
On this week’s episode of Adopting Hope, Sasha and Joyce speak with Fran Atchison. During their courtship, Fran and her husband, Reverend Sam Atchison, shared with the Lord and each other that they would like to adopt some day. Years later, when their biological daughters were ten and eight years old, they began to pursue foster care. The Atchisons…
 
Delving into their 20 year friendship, host Lynette Ezell and guest, Kristin Scroggins, discuss the challenge of navigating closed doors and the importance of entering foster care as a united family team. With the help of their local church, Kristin shares how her large tribe worked together to graft 3 more children into their busy lives and how th…
 
On this week’s episode of adopting hope, Sara Jones joins Sasha and Joyce to talk about international adoption and waiting on the Lord. Sara and her husband, Don, have four children—two adopted from Ethiopia, and two biological surprises. Sara shares about international adoption and caring for her youngest daughter with special needs. “The Lord has…
 
We miss so many opportunities to serve vulnerable women when we fail to empathize with and educate ourselves about crisis pregnancy situations. This week, experts from Lifeline Children’s Services join host Lynette Ezell in discussing their new curriculum “Worthy” which they hope will revolutionize the way churches engage with women struggling with…
 
Jerry and Jodi Jackson Tucker had adopted an infant due to infertility, but at the time they knew nothing about the global orphan crisis. Then, God brought them into a church that was passionate about orphan care. Jodi took a trip to Uganda with that church, and it changed their lives forever. Jodi and Jerry now have nine children, six through adop…
 
When Shane, National Director of Next Gen Evangelism for the North American Mission Board, and Kasi Pruitt’s family answered God’s call to international adoption, they weren’t aware of all the challenges their new infant son would be facing in life. Upon their arrival in Uganda, they quickly realized he would need extensive, lifelong medical treatm…
 
Andy and Martha Cook never planned to have a large family. But God built upon the firm foundations of their upbringings. He stoked a desire in the Cooks to bring hurting children into their home. In this episode, the Cooks share how God brought them 10 children, who range from ages 22 to six (including five high school boys!). Andy now serves as th…
 
As the Lord uses us to take the gospel to the nations and across the street, we see things we can never unsee and we are eternally changed. In this Part 2 recording, Michelle Chitwood from the International Mission Board and Host, Lynette Ezell, discuss the ripple effect of our “yes” and how it changes our preplanned lives. From sharing our familie…
 
How has Mully Children’s Home in Kenya cared for 3,500 children during a global pandemic? Why did Charles Mulli (also spelled Mully in Kenya) leave his life as a successful businessman to start MCF? How has God provided for MCF as they’ve served over 20,000 children in 35 years? Listen in on this week’s conversation with Kara Bettis, Features Edito…
 
This week on The Adopting and Fostering Home podcast, Michelle Chitwood with the International Mission Board, shares about her unconventional family of four. With ages ranging from 24 to 8, the Chitwoods have two biological children, one adopted daughter who was adopted internationally and one daughter adopted from the Kentucky foster care system. …
 
In our first episode, adoptive moms Joyce Koo Dalrymple and Sasha Parker talk to Lauren Mcafee and Jackie Green of the Hobby Lobby family about their legacy of adoption. Lauren and Jackie encourage adoptive, foster, and spiritual mothers through the stories they themselves have lived. Tune in to hear the ways that God has guided their families to l…
 
This week’s episode features an informative discussion with Christie Mac Segars and Karla Thrasher of Lifeline Children’s Services. With Host Lynette Ezell, they dive into the topic of Open Adoption and what it looks like for Domestic and International adoptions. Listen to find out how the calling to adoption or foster care are an invitation to ste…
 
For National Adoption Awareness Month, host Lynette Ezell interviews high school sweethearts Montana and Amanda Jones about their experience as a mixed family, with one biological daughter and one adopted son, and the beginnings of their pursuit of open adoption. Find more resources for foster and adoptive families at SendRelief.org.…
 
Open adoptions may be confusing or daunting when you’re growing your family. On this week’s episode, AFH 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.Di Send Relief
 
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 f…
 
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,…
 
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