How can we connect with teens?Biologically, teenagers are starting to seek independence and push away from adults – particularly their parents. This is a time when they are starting to look toward their adult life and feel like they no longer need parenting. However, they still need us! And kids from hard places need this

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One of the biggest questions I get about my adoption journey is, “What did you do about school?” We began our journey to figure out where she was academically and what gaps needed to be filled to allow her to continue moving forward began immediately.

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“It’s a lot easier trying not to break the bowl than to put one back together again” Lindsey H.I had a conversation with one of my most dear friends.  We have both adopted teenagers and watched many around us who have done the same.  I was commenting on the disconnect sometimes that families can feel

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When families first venture into the world of hosting, it is a foreign world to most and with that comes a lot of uncertainty and curiosity.  But know — you are not alone!We recently put out a survey to former host families about their first hosting.  We had dozens of  families respond – eager to help

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When potential host families hear that our teams are meeting new kids for our upcoming programs, of course there is a great sense of excitement to see the new children and to build anticipation for the arrivals of our children. It is exciting for us to see the familiar faces as well as new ones –

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Hosting organizations exist throughout the country for the purpose of helping and mentoring children that might otherwise not get another opportunity.  Many of these children are older and not desirable in the adoption world.  Or they may be social orphans that are looked over and forgotten in the process.  Most organizations work directly with facilitators,

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“How did you decide to host?”I often get asked what brought us to host a child with Project 143.  It’s a story that surprised even me.   In January 2014, we did an hour of prayer at our church and one of the stations was one that focused on following God and doing what He

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One of these kids got a 96% on her first college essay.  The other made it all possible.Ages 14 & 17   I met my sister Nadia through hosting in 2014. In 2018, at age 14, I was given a writing assignment and wrote the following paper. This is my story. “We learned that orphans

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Earlier this week, I wrote about our failed adoption.   13 months into our hosting and adoption journey, in a single phone call, everything had fallen apart and our journey came to a halt in a very reticent manner.  Nadia was quiet, we didn’t know what our next steps would be – or should be.

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Failed adoption is something people don’t talk about much.  We celebrate when families are brought together through adoption for good reason, but for some, the process is a bit (a lot) less of a storybook tale.I recently revisited my private Facebook group from our adoption process in 2015.  It is full of love, hope, and a

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