A mother, grandmother, foster parent, pastor’s wife and developmental psychologist, Dr. Karyn Purvis was one of the most influential teachers for adoptive families and the co-founder of the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Purvis devoted her life to serving “children from hard places.”As the co-creator

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“Do you want me to be your mom, or just to take care of you? I don’t have to be your mom, you know. You don’t even have to call me mom.” In all my little girl dreams of being a mom, these statements were never even a whisper of a thought. I dreamt of

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It’s not uncommon for adoption to land in the news when it involves someone famous. Headlines usually give happy, cheerful one-sentence introductions like:“(Actress) adopts daughter from foster care” “(News anchor) adopts a baby” However, there are times when adoption makes news for another reason. In 2020, YouTube Influencer Myka Stauffer and her husband, James, made headlines

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If you are anything like me, sometimes the comment section on social media is more entertaining than the original post or article. The comment section is like the newest version of a “letter to the editor” where you’ll find the opinion of virtually anyone who took time to press “send.” Recently, there was a news

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Adoption, fostering and hosting can be hard. It isn’t a hero story. It isn’t even a rescue story. It is a story of redemption. It is a story filled with hardship but tinged with hope. It’s one, I believe, we should be more apt to share with our church family. Pastor, you may very well

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So you’re curious about getting involved in Foster Care, but not sure you and your family are ready to commit to full-time Fostering?  Respite care is a wonderful way to test the waters and can be a HUGE help to both the Foster Parents and Foster Kids in your community!Respite Care is being available to

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In this story, Carol Ohime shares how retirement took an unexpected turn and brought guests to her empty nest.”I thought to myself, “What’s five weeks with a 12-year-old girl?” We were two years from retirement. Our life was heading towards that quieter season. There’s no such thing as too old, right?” – CarolOne evening, about four

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The Federal Pell Grant is one source of financial aid to help you pay for college. Unlike loans, the money received from the Pell Grant does not need to be repaid. The amount of the Pell Grant can change yearly, but the maximum award for 2020-2021 is $6,345 (July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021).Normally,

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It was probably 15 years ago, while in conversation with my friend Elise, I wondered aloud if I was ever going to become a mother. Elise was among the first to suggest that perhaps motherhood would come to me by way of adoption. I assumed she was just being a supportive friend, reassuring me that

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I will never forget the moment I first saw Aleksandra in her orphanage in 2007. While her bright smile and auburn hair were the first things I noticed, it didn’t take long to sense there was a special light inside her. One of the amazing things about God is how and when He connects our

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