Saturday, April 8, 2017

Adoption & Foster Care Resources

I have several friends who are currently considering adopting or fostering or are new to it, so I thought I'd gather a few helpful resources for anyone interested in learning more. These resources are also great for those who have already adopted and/or fostered, as well. (And please leave a comment if you have an adoption, foster care, or orphan care resource you'd like to share, too! )

As a personal testimony, I never considered adoption for our family up until about 5 or 6 years ago when I was in my early 40's. After I went on my first trip to Uganda, Africa, my eyes were opened. I began to hear how there were so many kids in orphanages around the world and I began to think about how wrong that is. Kids need to be in families, not orphanages. And kids everywhere deserve families, no matter where they live.

 Not everyone is called to foster or adopt but there is something everyone can do to help promote good and appropriate orphan care practices. And if you can make room in your house and in your hearts, why not consider it? We can't imagine life without our two little ones! They've changed us forever! <3

ADOPTION CONFERENCES & EVENTS:

(CAFO - typically held in May)

(Typically in February & March in Buford, GA)

(Typically in April)

(Saturday before Thanksgiving)

(Typically in October in Irving, TX)

(Nov. 9th)


BLOGS:

(Our adoption story about bringing home our son, Asher, in April 2013)

(Our adoption story about bringing home our daughter, Mercy, in March 2016)


BOOKS ON ADOPTION & ORPHAN CARE:

FUNDRAISING:

(Breakfast Fundraiser in Owasso, OK)

LOCAL TO TULSA ADOPTION AGENCIES:

LOCAL TO TULSA COUNSELING & TBRI PROFESSIONALS:

Christian Family Institute

Family Hope House (TBRI Trained Professionals)

Sharon Pyle, Rebound Mental Health (TBRI Trained Professional)

  Dr. Barbara Sorrells (TBRI Trained Professionals)


ORPHAN CARE:

(Saddleback Church)

PODCASTS & SERMONS:

(Voddie Baucham)

(John Piper)

SUPPORT GROUPS IN THE TULSA AREA:

ECHO
(Support group that meets in Tulsa at Southern Hills Baptist Church on Wednesdays at 6:30-8pm, Room 202)

The Legacy Network
(Support group that meets at Owasso First Assembly the first Monday of each month from 6:30-8:30pm)

Tulsa Area Adoptive Moms
(Facebook support page)


TBRI RESOURCES:

Empowered to Connect

Halo Project (OKC)

Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development

Tapestry Ministry (Irving, TX)


  TULSA AREA ADOPTION ATTORNEYS:

Becki Murphy

  Paul E. Swain

  Stacy Acord


  TULSA AREA HOMESTUDY & POST-PLACEMENT REPORT PROVIDERS:

Cathy Chalmers

Dillon International

Jennifer Giles

Nightlight Christian Adoptions


VIDEOS:

(Rick & Kay Warren)

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