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Can I foster a child?

Jun 14, 2016

The foster care statistics are staggering. The need for foster families is urgent and very real. But if you’re still not sure if you’re ready to become a foster parent, check out our podcast featuring things to consider about becoming a foster family, statistics of children in foster care, and ways you can help even if you aren’t ready to foster a child.

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Every Child Podcast with Jennifer Winkelmann

Nov 30, 2015

Although adoptive families complete many hours of required education and training, Jennifer Winkelmann has noticed a trend among those adopting a child who has experienced trauma. “So many families I work with don’t feel equipped to parent the child in their care,” she said.  Winkelmann, a family …

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Every Child Podcast with Deborah Gray

Nov 09, 2015

In Bethany’s pre-adoption training, parents hear a lot about attachment—what it is and why it’s important for you and your child. It takes time and consistency to build an open, trusting relationship, especially with children who have experienced profound loss and trauma. Deborah Gray, founder of …

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Every Child Podcast with Debra Fileta

Nov 03, 2015

Debra Fileta is convinced that a developed sense of identity is key to forming healthy dating and marriage relationships. “If you don’t know who you are,” she said, “you won’t know the kind of person who will fit into your life and story.” Fileta is a licensed professional counselor who has walked …

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Every Child Podcast with Dan Bremnes

Oct 26, 2015

Dan Bremnes began writing music at 16 with ambitions to become a rock star. But a mission trip with Youth With a Mission changed the course of his life, and Dan began to see how God could use music—and perhaps also Dan’s talent to write music—to be a light in the dark and to draw others to Himself. …

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Every Child Podcast with Will Haney and Kristine Van Noord

Sep 21, 2015

It’s hard to imagine persecution and violence so encompassing, and so near, that you’d have to leave your country on foot to escape it. What would it be like to put your family on a boat, realizing you all could die, but knowing that you’ll be safer than staying in your home, where you almost …

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Every Child Podcast with Gene Balloun

Sep 15, 2015

“Find something you love to do,” the saying goes, “and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” A career litigator with the Kansas City law firm Shook, Hardy & Bacon, Gene Balloun loves the work he does so much that he does some of it for free. Balloun has been providing pro bono legal …

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Every Child Podcast with Kendall Coffman

Sep 08, 2015

“A national pastor from Zimbabwe came to our church and spoke about difficulties in his country, including the plight of orphans there. He said, ‘In my country, children are taking care of children.’ That resonated with my wife and me, and we sat there with heavy hearts. What do we do with this …

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Every Child Podcast with Desirée White

Sep 01, 2015

Desirée White was 17 when God put adoption on her heart. Then, five years ago—“on a normal Sunday morning in church”—she sensed God speaking to her again. “It was a very clear word from the Lord that the time to adopt was now,” she said. “The picture I had was a child with Down syndrome.” When …

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Every Child Podcast with Jessica Mullen

Aug 25, 2015

When Jessica Mullen began doing sidewalk counseling outside of abortion clinics, she was surprised by how little adoption was considered or even presented as an option for women facing an unplanned pregnancy. Most women she encountered saw their options as abortion or parenting, and many weren’t …

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