Friday, May 13th, 2011

Thriving as an Adoptive Family: book giveaway




The Connected Child: Bring hope and healing to your adoptive familyFocus on the Family has been connecting for years with the needs of families. One newer initiative is in the area of orphan care. For starters, they offer some really helpful resources (including, for example, Karyn Purvis’s The Connected Child).

David and Renee Sanford are the editors of Handbook on Thriving as an Adoptive Family: Real-Life Solutions to Common Challenges. They have collected ideas, information, and personal stories from adoptive parents and from professionals.

Handbook on Thriving as an Adoptive Family: Real-Life Solutions to Common ChallengesMany thanks to the folks at the Focus exhibit here at Global Orphan Summit VII who have donated 5 copies to be given away.

If you’d like to be eligible for winning a copy of Handbook on Thriving as an Adoptive Family: Real-Life Solutions to Common Challenges, here’s what to do.

  1. Visit the orphan care/adoption page of Focus on the Family, and look around.
  2. Write a comment here to let me know you’ve done #1 (honor system).
  3. Comment  just once.
  4. Do it by midnight Sunday, 15 May.


Focus on the Family Canada also has an orphan/adoption page.

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53 Responses to “Thriving as an Adoptive Family: book giveaway”

  1. I went and looked around the site. :) I am collecting resources and websites like this because Hubby and I are praying & researching adoption! Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. Hi! Just went over to I Care About Orphans and read around a little. We are in the middle of an adoption from Ethiopia and would love the book!

  3. The FOTF Orphan page and Empowered to Connect are our favorite resources as we prepare for our adoption!!! Thank you for the giveaway!!!

  4. My husband and I are currently filing our papers! Wahoo! And we already have a nephew who was adopted and hope this is the beginning of a huge family of adopted children! This book would be amazing to have!

  5. Glad to see FOTF’s online resource. We are also adopting & appreciate more wisdom. Thank you!

  6. For Canadians: Focus on the Family Canada also has an adoption initiative called href=””>\Waiting to Belong.

    Oh, and I’d love this book too.

  7. Oops. That link obviously didn’t work. Just go to

  8. I had not visited the Focus on the Family orphan care page until today, but I was encouraged to see that there is another site out there that makes adoption information accessible. We are adopting domestically – approved and waiting for a phone call!!

  9. The site is so informative! Thanks for introducing me to it and for a chance to win a copy of the book.

  10. Now that our adoptive kids are getting older, the questions are getting bigger. It’s nice to have the Focus on the Family resources to help along the way. Thanks for pointing them out!

  11. Natalie Gremore

    Thank you for the link to Focus on the Familys orphan care page. I had no idea all that Jim Daly went through. My husband and I are expecting our fourth child in September, after which we will begin the adoption process, the Lord willing.

  12. Thanks for pointing us to this website and for the giveaway! I bookmarked the website for future use- I’m always looking for good resources, as hubby and I are in the middle of adopting from Uganda!

  13. Went to the site. Great. Looks really helpful for families hoping to adopt. As one adopted and planning, at a proper age, to adopt, I am very thankful for these ministries.

  14. Thanks for the link to FOTF’s page and for the giveaway. Love the title of the book because that’s so what I long for our family and the family’s of other adoptive parents in my adoptive moms’ support group. We don’t want to just survive, but thrive!

  15. My wife and I currently live in China and preparing to adopt from China. Great to see another wonderful online resource to aid us in our preparation and planning.

  16. We just got “in-line” today, officially! As we are waiting for our international match, we could use all the advice we can get to help our child. Thanks for the site.

  17. Angela Hinkle

    Wow! I didn’t know Michigan had so many children waiting in foster care. Thanks for the online resource.

  18. Karen Cassidy

    awesome resource! we’re just waiting for embassy clearance to bring home our two older kids from Ethiopia ;-)

  19. I read all the sites I can on adoption. I am always looking for more info. We recently adopted two children from foster care and are in the process of adopting their two younger siblings. It is exciting and scary all at the same time.

  20. it is a good resource website that I have had bookmarked since last November (Orphan Sunday). We adopted one child from the foster care system and are waiting to adopt three other foster children currently living with us. I once joked I wanted 12 kids and we are almost 3/4 there.

  21. Thank you for the link and for all of the information. I desire to foster/adopt . . . praying the LORD might fill my husband’s heart with that desire too. Until then, so much I can do to help-love, serve, and pray! I’ll be sharing this link on facebook too.–Melissa

  22. I knew that Focus was involved in adoption work but had not yet seen this website so thanks for the incentive to look at it. Would love to have the book for my adoption support group.

  23. great resources on the website!

    enter me to win please!

  24. Angela Humphrey

    I didn’t know about this resource, so thank you! We adopted a special needs child from Jamaica and are in the process of adopting 2 boys through our Indiana foster system,so we need all the resources we can get!

  25. Susan Lancaster

    God “predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ” (Eph 1:5). This adoption is not the result of any merit on the part of the believer, but solely the outworking of God’s love and grace (Eph 1:5,7).

    Completed #1.
    Thriving as an adopted family? Yes, my children are the visible hand of God’s grace.

    Mom to four. 2 born in China and 2 born in Ethiopia.

  26. Our family has recently adopted a child with Hunters Syndrome. We are still working on paying for it, as well as working on paying for his many medical needs.

    God has been SO good to us. Through this whole process He has consistently shown us that this is HIS plan, and not ours.

    He has blessed us with a son, our fourth child. And our family has a heart for praying for orphans and further to continue adding to our family as the Lord sees fit to add through whatever means.

    To God be the Glory!!!

  27. I knew most of the adoption words, but I especially like, “deciding to parent” and “making an adoption plan.”

    Great site. We have six children, four biological and two whom we have adopted from North Carolina.

  28. I just posted that we recently adopted… and I forgot to mention that I did go to the site! :D Sorry! I know we were only supposed to post once!!!

  29. Krissy Fulton

    Just went and looked around the website. The chart that shows the number of kids in the foster system vs. the number of churches per state was a bit hard to take in. We adopted from Ethiopia and have had quite the adventure. We would love to have the Karyn Purvis’s The Connected Child). Thank you

  30. Thanks for all the great posts about the Summit! Wish we could have been there. We are missionaries in Voronezh, Russia working with post-orphanage kids helping them to transition into life, one baby step at a time. We are always on the lookout for good resources to help equip us and others we encounter. Would love to get a copy of this book. Thanks!

  31. I looked through the site. So glad they are adding adoption resources! We are beginning the adoption journey, and I also hope to start an adoption ministry at our church.

  32. Thank you for posting about Focus on Family’s resources. I didn’t realize they had resources for adopting families. We are adopting our daughter from Ethiopia and anticipate traveling very soon for our embassy appointment to bring her home! I would greatly enjoy reading Handbook on Thriving as an Adoptive Family.

  33. YAY! FoF is adding more resources on adoption!! I wish we were at Summit, but instead we are having a garage sale to help finance our adoption. Trade-offs. :)

    Thank you for keeping us up to speed on the Summit Conference.

  34. Thank for the info about the Focus on the Family web site, what a great resource! We adopted one year ago this week and I would love a copy of Thriving as Adoptive Family. Our daughter has been an amazing gift from God.

  35. Happy to see some of what Focus is doing with regard to adoption. Always encouraging.

  36. Thank you for posting the link to the FOTF website! Lots of great articles and resources. My husband and I are in the process of domestic adoption. God is teaching and has taught us so much about Himself during this journey! Thank you for posting during Summit VII – wish we could have been there!

  37. wow! That sounds like a fantastic book! I wish we had had something like it when we brought our son home from Thailand! But in all things, God is faithful and our Joel is like a different child since then! Still, as we consider adopting another special needs son (this time from China)…I’d love to have this book as a resource.

    I have visited the Focus on the Family site before and it was great to be reminded of it and peruse it again today. What a wonderful place for families to get answers to so many adoption questions!

  38. I followed their link to Bethany Christian Services. I was excited to see the ways they serve the orphans in China. It is heartbreaking to see the need but it is neat to see the Church responding.

  39. I just went over to the website and checked it out. I love that they offer articles that you can read without buying anything! Looks like a great book, too.

  40. Hi, I just looked around at the website and clicked on links to resources. It’s nice to see that you can click on options to buy something and see the price quickly. My husband and I would love to have more children. Our youngest is 5 months born at home and through natural and misleading unnatural contraceptives, we are missing about 5 children. The book giveaway seems it would be a great helper to know how to go about adopting a child (pros & cons). Thank you for this opportunity.

  41. I have been looking around your site alot lately! It has been very helpful as we are part of a team starting an orphan care ministry at our church, and my husband and I are in the process of adopting up to 4 children through our state’s foster care system. Thank you for the opportunity!

  42. Thanks for the reminder about how helpful FOF’s website is. I really liked seeing all of the Resources and that they included Books, articles, and even videos.

  43. Great helps on the FOF website! We are the parents of 3 precious daughters from China,and would love to read this book! Blessed to be a blessing…

  44. Looks great! We’re so excited to be adopting our foster children of 2 years. It’s been two long years, but it’s finally here!

  45. I visited the site! It is new to me. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  46. I went and looked at the site. We are definitely adopting once we’re a bit more financially stable (I can’t wait!). We’re also praying about getting involved in orphan care advocacy in the mean while. I would really-really love to win a copy of the book.

  47. Justin Phillips

    Went to the site. Was most moved that there are more churches in my state than waiting children. I will share this fact with at least 5 people in the next week.

  48. That was the first time I had seen Focus on the Family’s website. I really appreciated the video on children waiting in the foster care system! – Janna

  49. Checked out the site and we were at the Summit. We are fostering 2 boys right now and it was such an encouragement and blessing to us!

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