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A Beautiful Puzzle

Jun 23, 2014

Every marriage faces challenges, from paying the bills to getting along with the in-laws to deciding who’s going to cook dinner tonight. So why would a couple voluntarily take on the enormous extra challenge of adopting nine children? For Mike and Sharon Dennehy, a sermon at church planted the …

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God’s Heart for Families Facing Unplanned Pregnancy, Part 1

Jun 18, 2014

During the recent Christian Alliance for Orphans conference, a member of our San Francisco team, Colleen, was invited to be part of a panel of experts, talking about “God’s Heart for Families Facing Unplanned Pregnancy.”This session examined the history of the church and how the stigma and shame of …

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What is Open Adoption?

May 15, 2014

If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, adoption can be a confusing and difficult option to consider. If you do not feel ready to be a parent, however, you can still be a part of your child’s life. Adoption does not mean that you don’t love your child or that you are avoiding this …

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From Dreams to Reality: Pure and Faultless Religion

May 05, 2014

Today’s guest blog is contributed by Allay Offutt. “Laya” is a 19-year-old student who just completed her second year of college. She is majoring in Social Work and dreams of working alongside her mom at Bethany Christian Services upon graduation. Since the age of 14, I’ve been accompanying my mom …

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Three Days with My Newborn Son

Apr 17, 2014

While we traditionally celebrate mothers and their unconditional love in May, such love is really something that should be celebrated throughout the year. Rebecca, a birthmother, tells her story.I stroked his soft cheek. His blue eyes gazed into mine as I touched his soft hair. I counted his toes …

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The Beauty of an Entrustment Ceremony

Mar 24, 2014

The adoption process is a very significant time in a family’s life and is culminated in the adoption finalization. Some families can choose to take part in an “entrustment ceremony” at the end of this process. An entrustment ceremony is a way to commemorate and celebrate the placement of a child …

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Love: The Most Special Need a Child Has

Mar 06, 2014

When LeToshia and Arthur learned they were unable to have children naturally, it was a significant disappointment. But they wanted children, and soon they were drawn to Bethany’s Christian-based mission and services for those seeking to adopt.After attending Bethany classes for Foster Care Adoption, …

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Offering a Cup of Cold Water in Jesus’ Name

Mar 03, 2014

Kris Faasse is Bethany Christian Services’ Vice President of Clinical Services. Kris contributes today’s guest blog post on Bethany’s Life Impact Fund. Maggie was 17, pregnant, and had been kicked out of her family’s home. She was “crashing” on the couch at a friend’s place, but she needed a more …

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A God Who Restores

Jan 13, 2014

Brittany had no idea God would work as He did when she faced unimagined trials. “But when you ask God who He really is,” she said, “He shows up.”Three years ago, Brittany’s husband suddenly passed away, and this wife, mother of a 3-year-old daughter, and career woman was thrust both into the grief …

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