Orphan Sunday 2022
Katelyn's Fund | Orphan Ministry
by Teresa Blankers
2M ago
What a day! We are so thankful to all of you who showed up and joined us for Orphan Sunday 2022. It was such a great day of community and worshipping together! We were so blessed to hear Diego Fuller share his story of redemption and how God has captured his heart amidst the hurt and anger through people who didn’t give up and shared unconditional love with Diego! Thank you Diego for being so transparent and sharing how God has worked in your life. You bring joy and you are on fire for the Lord! We also were blessed to hear him rap for us during our meal and it was AWESOME! What a fun ..read more
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Support Meeting 10.13.22
Katelyn's Fund | Orphan Ministry
by Teresa Blankers
3M ago
This month’s meeting was held at Shari’s Family Visitation & Exchange Center to bring awareness to our community about a new site providing a safe and neutral location for visitation purposes. Contact the Family Crisis Center if you would like to utilize the space. We also had the privilege of hearing from Mindy Louscher about her own adoption story as well as her responsibilities as a case manager through DHS. We were able to view the foster care process from her point of view. The process of meeting with the children, biological parents, and foster parents. It is evident that Mindy care ..read more
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When God Speaks
Katelyn's Fund | Orphan Ministry
by Teresa Blankers
4M ago
WHEN GOD SPEAKS by Angela Dekkers When God calls you to sometime, do you obey Him or do you question?  Do you listen to Him or do you ignore? Seems like an easy answer, right? But can I admit something to you? I am guilty of latter. When God called my husband [Jim] and I to the adoption journey, I questioned Him. I ignored Him. I did everything in my power to pretend like He never spoke. Even though adoption was something Jim and I talked about while we were dating and even agreed it was something we wanted for our family, when the moment actually came, I panicked. When I ..read more
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Support Meeting Minutes 09.08.22
Katelyn's Fund | Orphan Ministry
by Teresa Blankers
4M ago
Sep 8, 2022 – Loren De Jong Identity in the Promises of God Setting our families up for success by putting strategies in place can help make day to day life more manageable.  Tools, such as Dr. Pervis’ The Connected Child, help us walk alongside our kids.  Some strategies that Loren and Patt De Jong incorporated into their family routine when their adopted children were young included providing a structured schedule, playful engagement, minimizing “extra” activities, and focusing on family time. The ultimate goal; however, as Christian parents is to point our children to Christ (Isa ..read more
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What if it Doesn’t Work Out
Katelyn's Fund | Orphan Ministry
by Teresa Blankers
6M ago
FOCUS ON WHAT MATTERS Today’s blog was written by a Katelyn’s Fund friend Kansas Fergen. What happens if it doesn’t work out? This very question was asked while we were in the process of adopting one of our older children. Our family was called to walk the road of adoption in a not-so-typical way, and this question made us think about why we were adopting in the first place. When most people think of adoption, the first thought is adopting an infant or younger child, which we had experienced adopting twice before. However, this question was never asked when adopting our younger two children ..read more
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Mindfulness
Katelyn's Fund | Orphan Ministry
by Teresa Blankers
7M ago
This blog post was written by Kyle Blankers, a friend of Katelyn’s Fund.   Mindfulness. It’s a word I’ve been pondering lately, and one I’d like to encourage all you fathers with on this Father’s Day. “Mindfulness” doesn’t come up often in daily conversation or get put on the back of a t-shirt, but you’ve probably had experiences in your life (like I have) that have made you familiar with the concept. ·  Back in high school, I had a choir teacher constantly remind us to “be here now” when we started rehearsal. · During a conversation with one of my mentors, I asked him for advice ab ..read more
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Alijah
Katelyn's Fund | Orphan Ministry
by Teresa Blankers
8M ago
This blog post is written by a friend of Katelyn’s Fund….Tara Dekkers.   When asked to write about foster care and adoption, I honestly was not sure what to write about.  After thinking about this for a long time I decided to write and give you a little insight into our families journey.   I hope to give you a small glimpse into foster care and encourage you to reach out our family or to other foster families. This next part is our personal story I wrote a couple of years ago for adoption awareness month.   I should point out – I truly believe the goal of fo ..read more
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Support Meeting 05.05.22
Katelyn's Fund | Orphan Ministry
by Teresa Blankers
9M ago
Jenn Eekhoff, shared with her passion in caring for those in need, their family’s journey which has spanned many years of foster care and adoption, and ways the broader community can come alongside families as well. We are grateful for Jenn taking time to share, thankful we can learn and listen from one another and He provides ways for us to walk together in community. Here are some of the ideas Jenn shared below: How can you support kids in foster care outside of becoming a foster parent? Here are some suggestions: Build an authentic friendship with a foster family in your community Become a ..read more
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Biggest Fear
Katelyn's Fund | Orphan Ministry
by Teresa Blankers
9M ago
written from a dear Katelyn’s Fund volunteer and friend, Alissa Kroeze What’s your biggest fear? If you’re honest, what would be the worst thing that could happen to you in this life? I (like most people) would have said to lose someone I love. I was only 23 when I was faced with my worst fear. We were newly married and expecting a baby. A baby boy. I was 21 weeks pregnant when they told me that our baby was sick, and would never leave a hospital, if he was born alive at all. My worst fear, staring me in the face. Fear has a way of making us hold back. protect. Fear “allows” us to make deals ..read more
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Support Meeting 04.07.22
Katelyn's Fund | Orphan Ministry
by Teresa Blankers
10M ago
We were honored to have Darcie Van Voorst speak to us about our body’s reaction to trauma. She spoke specifically about cortisol and the impact it has on our body. She encouraged us to “Name it to Tame it” and then “feel it to heal it.” Name your emotion, feel it, and then begin your journey toward healing. Pictured are some great resources that Darcie recommends as well as her notes from the evening. KF April parent notesSelf Care Assessment The organizations/speakers/businesses are sharing from their own personal experience(s).  Katelyn’s Fund doesn’t directly endorse any of them ..read more
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