Our adoption journey began with a simple act of obedience as both my husband, Matt, and I felt the Lord indicating that this was His "Plan A" for building our family. We jumped right into the mountains of paperwork, not knowing it would be 6 1/2 long years before our son and daughter would finally come home from Haiti. Within months, we learned their orphanage was actually a human trafficking ring...

All parents need a night off once in a while but for foster and adoptive families this means finding someone who can care for the unique needs of their kids without causing major behavioral set back or triggering past memories. The traditional babysitter is often not an option while the expense of good childcare might make a night out seem impossible. 

When Defending the Cause first launched as a c...

A few years into leading a church-based orphan ministry, I was approached by the singles group, asking what they could do to make a difference for local kids in the foster care system. Mostly in their late twenties or early thirties, not yet married and many still finishing college degrees, they were not in a position to take kids in themselves, but they were enthusiastic about helping. We already...

For many months I've wrestled with the Lord about writing. I write in my journal, I love taking notes for meetings, at conferences and in church, plus I still prefer to send written letters for birthdays and holidays. Yet this new tug on my heart was different...the things I'm feeling called to share are the more vulnerable moments and insights gained for being in the trenches. By nature, I am an...

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