My heart and mind continue to process all I soaked in at CAFO’s Orphan Summit a few weeks back. I have several posts in draft and many topics I want to tackle and share with you. Despite all that was swirling around in my mind, I felt led to write a post for the waiting mamas when I came back.
This sweet little recap video will give you a glimpse into our weekend (+ perhaps entice you to make it there next year!):
So what I would really love to know, if you would be so kind as to leave a comment and share, is what questions do YOU have about orphan care, adoption, Summit 9, the Christian Alliance for Orphans, etc etc. Please do let me know if you have a genuine interest in a certain area. Go ahead and leave a comment below, k? We’ll get the discussion going.
For today, I wanted to compile just a few key resources to share with you. These are huge topics, so obviously this is by no stretch a comprehensive list. I simply wanted to give you a place to start. I believe there are readers here all across the board, from fellow adoptive parents and adoptive parents-to-be to, to passionate orphan care advocates, to those who have never really considered adoption or caring for orphans. I hope this post will offer resources for you wherever you find yourself on that continuum.
The Crisis + The Need
Christian Alliance for Orphans: Global Orphans Facts
Mercy Ink post on the need in Congo
On Adoption Ethics
It’s Not All Rainbows + Sunshine: The Tough Stuff , Hard Work, + Attachment
VitaFamilia A Beautiful Mess
Carissa Woodwyck Before You Were Mine: Discovering Your Adopted Child’s Lifestory
(If you read nothing else on attachment, read The Connected Child & Before You Were Mine, and/or any material from Karyn Purvis or Carissa Woodwyck)
On Orphan Care Ministry + the Local Church
Hope for Orphans: 8 Steps to Launching an Orphan Ministry
Lifesong for Orphans (Resources to Get Involved)
Lindsy Wallace: Orphan Care as a Church
Again, these are just a few starting places, but I wanted to share some resources with you, both from Summit 9 and from my own personal reading. I really really really want to hear what you’d like to discuss more here on the blog, so please leave a comment if you have an area of orphan care or adoption with which you would like to go more in-depth. As always, I love hearing your heart!