Living within limits: Unburdening summertime to promote flourishing 
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by Rachel Medefind
9h ago
Right before summer break begins each year, I have the same conversation with fellow mothers.  We’re eager for the break – the slower pace, being more relaxed and having more time with our kids. And then, at the end of summer, we talk about how quickly it flew by – how busy it was – and how, in some ways, starting school again will feel lighter and easier than the summer felt.  It makes perfect sense. Having kids at home – without the consistent routines of the school year – adds complexity for parents.  Unstructured days aren’t always pleasant, and getting back into a schedule ..read more
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Before, during, and beyond: Growing and shaping church foster care ministry
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by More Than Enough
6d ago
Churches can begin and deepen their engagement in foster care ministry by focusing on discipleship, leveraging their existing ministries to care for vulnerable children and families, or starting a new church foster care ministry focused on a specific facet of child welfare. [Editor’s Note: This National Foster Care Month, we are looking at the state of foster care through three lenses – before, during and beyond – to assess what strategic actions make an impact in each unique area. This is the fourth article in that series. You can read the first, second and third articles here.] ——– When you ..read more
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Beyond foster care: How to help youth aging out of foster care
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by More Than Enough
2w ago
Your community can help former foster youth – particularly those aging out of foster care – with the support needed to help them transition to adulthood and protect them from experiences like homelessness and trafficking. [Editor’s Note: This National Foster Care Month, we are looking at the state of foster care through three lenses – before, during and beyond – to assess what strategic actions make an impact in each unique area. This is the third article in that series. You can read the first and the second articles here.] Foster care itself is only the middle of the story for children and fa ..read more
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Sound of Hope: The Story of Possum Trot
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by Christian Alliance for Orphans
2w ago
On July 4th, Sound of Hope: The Story of Possum Trot, a feature film about what’s possible when a community works together to care for vulnerable children, is headed to theaters!  Inspired by the incredible true story, Possum Trot follows Donna and Bishop W.C. Martin as they ignite a movement of compassion in their small East Texas church to care for children who needed foster and adoptive families, leading the charge to prove that faith, community and perseverance have the power to change the lives of children everywhere. This story has been an integral part of the CAFO community for ove ..read more
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During foster care: Three strategic ways to reduce the shortage of foster families
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by More Than Enough
2w ago
Community support for foster and kinship families, social workers and biological families during foster care has the dual benefit of improving outcomes for children and reducing the shortage of foster families. [Editor’s Note: This National Foster Care Month, we are looking at the state of foster care through three lenses – before, during and beyond – to assess what strategic actions make an impact in each unique area. This is the second article in that series. Find the first article here.] If your community is like most across the US, there’s a gap between the number of foster families in you ..read more
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Remarkable findings from NCFA’s groundbreaking survey of adult adoptees
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by Rachel Medefind
3w ago
An expansive new study released last week offers important and compelling insight from the perspectives and experiences of adults who were adopted as children through foster care, private adoption or international adoption.  The study by the National Council for Adoption (NCFA) draws from the responses of more than 1,200 adoptees to questions on a wide variety of topics – from adoptee relationships with their adoptive and biological families, to race and identity, to current life satisfaction, opinions about adoption, and much more.   The outcomes reveal adoptees to be highly di ..read more
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New video shares how ‘pure religion’ looks like an invitation into the suffering of others
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by Jason Johnson
3w ago
The latest video release from the Pure Religion Project features Pastor Alex Blake in Texas, who shares how, while surrounded by overwhelming need in their community, simple acts of generosity and hospitality have had profound effects on the life and culture and rhythms of their church.  “One of the greatest invitations that we were ever given is to be invited into the sufferings of others because in the sufferings of others, we find Jesus there…And I love that because that’s really what James 1:27 is really all about. It’s really about the church coming alive to be invited to the sufferi ..read more
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Before foster care: Preserving families and keeping kids out of foster care
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by More Than Enough
3w ago
While the foster care system plays a vital role in providing kids a safe place for a season, we can also prevent kids from entering foster care in the first place by addressing the causes of family separation, identifying potential red flags to keep families together, and providing intensive support for families on the brink of having their children removed. [Editor’s Note: As we kick off National Foster Care Month, we are looking at the state of foster care through three lenses – before, during and beyond – to assess what strategic actions make an impact in each unique area. This is the first ..read more
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Can research impact the daily care offered to orphaned and vulnerable children?
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by Nicole Wilke
1M ago
Around the world, orphaned and vulnerable children are being cared for by individuals, community leaders, government workers, NGOs and many others who all desire the best for the children they serve. Yet, the challenges and demands that come along with this work can leave many feeling isolated and overwhelmed and, at times, reliant on experience and intuition to make decisions and develop programs. Researchers often have data-informed insights and methodologies that can be used to strengthen care for vulnerable children. Front-line leaders often have essential knowledge of the local context an ..read more
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How to foster healthy partnerships in short-term missions
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by Jason Johnson
1M ago
Healthy churches and organizations, partnered in healthy, mutually beneficial relationships, are the lifeblood of healthy and effective Kingdom work.  When we see ourselves and our church as part of a larger whole – namely, the Body of Christ reflected and activated through a diversity of churches, organizations and ministries around the world – it’s good motivation to step into healthy, life-giving partnerships.  Whether you’re evaluating the potential of forming a new partnership or considering making some considerable changes with an existing one, there are several questions to as ..read more
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