Latest News Category: Adoption Funding

May 4, 2018

You Won’t Want to Miss This! | CAFO 2018

Next week, thousands of orphan care, foster care, and adoption advocates will meet in Dallas for the 2018 Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit … and whether or not you can be there, you CAN attend. Last year’s conference drew over 2,000 advocates, pastors, and professionals from 30 countries. The summit explored effective foster care, adoption, family preservation, and global orphan ministry objectives. Take a look– This year, the main sessions will be featured live stream so you can attend right where you are sitting. Here are 3 reasons we believe you should make every effort to watch– 1. You will be encouraged. The foster care/adoption journey can be isolating. This conference will remind you that you are not alone. Every speaker has walked the orphan care, foster care, or adoption journey and has encouragement to give you. 2. You will find resources. If you choose to take notes, you will likely refer … Continue reading

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April 11, 2018

An Adoption Story from Ukraine | Mission Moment

Your support helps change the lives of orphans around the world. Whether through adoption funding or orphan care, lives–like Yarik’s–are being transformed by the Gospel. Here is his story. MEET YARIK 9-year-old Yarik is one of 18 siblings in the Vyshnykov family in Ukraine–7 boys and 11 girls. 12 of these 18 children were adopted, including Yarik. Born in Ukraine, Yarik was adopted in Ukraine when he was 5, and in his home, he knows he is loved. My parents are kind and cheerful, and they love us all. They take care of me, keep us warm, and feed us … I’m just happy in this family! –Yarik Vyshnykov His parents are happy, too. In the words of his mom, “We decided our home belongs to God.” And the Vyshnykovs live like they mean it. Never without a smile, Yarik contributes to the noise and joy of the household–and Yarik’s parents wouldn’t have it any … Continue reading

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April 6, 2018

When We See Our Ugly | Family Friday

I’ve never felt uglier than during Ruth’s adoption. Most people won’t understand that. I’ve heard it all, the exclamations of sainthood, “You are doing such a wonderful thing!” and, “There is a special place in Heaven for people like you!” or the even more common, “This is going to be another jewel in your crown someday.” I understand and even appreciate the sentiment behind these statements. On the surface, adopting Ruth does seem like a very nice thing. She was abandoned, but now has a forever family, and all because we chose to do that for her. But, as always, there’s more to it than meets the eye. First of all, by choosing Ruth, we denied a lot of other kids. Obviously my husband, Shane, and I can’t adopt all the orphans in the world. But still, it’s one fact that escapes most people even though it’s quite in-your-face when you really … Continue reading

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March 9, 2018

I Can’t Ask Friends and Family to Fund Our Adoption. Can I?

Asking for money for any reason is hard. Asking for money to fund an adoption is no easier. But is it wrong? Here are 3 questions to consider– 1. Why are you asking for financial support? Adoption is expensive, but expense–alone–isn’t always enough of a reason to ask other people for help. Many adopting families ask for help because the amount of money required in a short timeline far exceeds their ability to pay. For example, according to Adoptive Families Magazine, the average fees for a domestic adoption in the United States are $39,966. Many adoption agencies require a bulk of that money up front to handle application, homestudy, and agency fees, etc. While coming up with $39,966 over several years may be possible, coming up with it in a matter of months may be another story altogether. If God has clearly led your family to adopt, He may clearly lead you to humble yourself … Continue reading

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March 2, 2018

Why Adoption Funding Matters | Family Friday

Adoption funding matters. For many families, it is the difference between adopting and not being able to adopt a child in need. Here at Lifesong, we believe in adoption funding and are grateful to those of YOU who give to make it possible. But every once in a while we receive a letter from a family that proves the point better than we ever could. Consider this letter from a family who recently brought their son home– Dear Lifesong family, God’s timing is God’s timing, and that has never been more evident to us than in our adoption journey. While usually God’s timing means waiting and faith-testing, God’s timing when it came to Lifesong is definitely an example of Him showing up and being a Heavenly Dad that enjoys spoiling his children. We found out that we had been approved for the blessing of an interest-free loan on 5/19/16. We … Continue reading

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February 23, 2018

The Power of Prayer in Adoption | Family Friday

Our adoption journey is marked by so many accounts that can only be explained by God’s hand working in our adoption. The main detail that is such a huge part of the story God is writing through our son, Steele, is that the same day that we emailed our agency to ask if Steele was available for adoption was the same day that China prepared a file for him to become available for adoption. We learned about Steele through our agency’s website as they had a program to support some orphans in China who were unlikely to be adopted and who came from very hard places. Steele was one of those sweet children, and his picture was on our agency’s website. Later, we built a relationship with a young woman who works for our agency. In talking to her, we learned that she had spent several weeks in China caring … Continue reading

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January 26, 2018

The Bumpy, Dark Road of Adoption | Family Friday

  Adoption was in our hearts for a long time. For Georgie the desire has been there since she was a little girl. For Wyley, it came later in our marriage when we were told we wouldn’t be able to have children. The Lord gave us three biological children and called us to the mission field, so our desire to adopt remained there but never seemed to be the “right time.” There were so many reasons that made adoption impossible, barring a miracle. We didn’t make enough money, we were living in very rural areas and were always transitioning … … Until the Lord clearly and graciously told us to adopt as we were on a visa run in Thailand. Our adoption started 2 years ago in what was supposed to be an 8-month process. I wish our testimony was one of extraordinary faith, where we just trusted and steadily … Continue reading

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