The Adoption Network: Your Guide to Starting a Support System  -     By: Laura Christianson
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The Adoption Network: Your Guide to Starting a Support System

WinePress Publishing / 2007 / Paperback

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In The Adoption Network, Laura Christianson, founder and director of Seattle-based Heartbeat Ministries, walks you through the basics of planning and launching a support system for adoptive families, foster families, birth parents, or adoptees. Packed with practical pointers and worksheets, this handbook will equip you with the tools you need to create a vibrant adoption support network.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 96
Vendor: WinePress Publishing
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 1579219020
ISBN-13: 9781579219024
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Do you desire to start a support network for those in your church and community whose lives are impacted by adoption? In The Adoption Network, Laura Christianson, founder and director of Seattle-based Heartbeat Ministries, walks you through the basics of planning and launching a support system for adoptive families, foster families, birth parents or adoptees. Youll learn how to: Develop a mission statement Plan a budget Recruit leadership Reach out to the community Create workshops, support groups, social events, mentoring programs and more Packed with practical pointers and worksheets, this handbook will equip you with the tools you need to create a vibrant adoption support network.

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  1. J.Thomas
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    October 22, 2007
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    The Adoption Network: Your Guide to Starting a Support System, by Laura Christianson, is a must read for anyone interested in adoption. Her extensive background and expertise in adoptions becomes obvious in the topics that are covered and the detail that she includes. This book is written in a very organized and concise manner, with an easy to follow format. The author has also included handy checklists and worksheets that make the guide so simple to use and follow. All the information you will ever need is laid out step by step in a clear, easy to follow format that anyone can use successfully. This handy guide is simple enough that any layperson or adoptive parent either within or outside of the church community could easily set up their own support network. Are you an adoptive parent feeling isolated with no readily available supports? Get this book and start your own support group. Are you a member of a church who is sensitive to providing support for adoptive parents and encouragement for adoption? This book is all you will need to provide that support network. Are you part of a parent's or children's group that would like to include support for adoptive families in your community? Get this guide. After reading this book, which is also especially motivating, you will be ready to run right out and start your own support group immediately.
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Author: Laura Christianson
Located in: Seattle, WA
Submitted: September 11, 2007

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I am an educator and a journalist who loves to collect and share people's stories. I'm a Christian who has a lifelong friendship with God and His word. I am the adoptive mom of two rambunctious boys (now ages 15 and 11) whom my husband and I adopted when they were newborns. In my spare time, I'm an avid blogger; I write the award-winning Exploring Adoption blog. I love to walk, rollerblade, swim, and hang out with my family.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I founded a Seattle-based ministry for infertile couples and pre- and post-adoptive families, and I've also assisted several churches in starting their own adoption ministries. During the 10 years Heartbeat Ministries has existed, I've learned a lot about what to do--and what not to do--when building and launching a face-to-face community of support for those whose lives are impacted by adoption. I wanted to create an easy-to-read, highly practical instruction manual for how to start an adoption support network in your church or community.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I hope "The Adoption Network" will equip people--laypeople and pastors alike--to start their own tailor-made adoption support networks. My goal is to remove the "fear factor" from planning a support system. This workbook walks readers step-by-step through the entire process. It contains many handy checklists and worksheets, and provides idea-starters that promote outside-the-box thinking.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  As I was writing the book, the words literally flowed onto my computer screen. I began to realize just how much I have learned (and am still learning) during my years of launching and leading an adoption ministry. It is truly a joy to share my ideas with others, in hopes that they will take the suggestions and run with them.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  The members of my writers' group are huge positive influences. They're always willing to critique my writing and they offer me unconditional support. The people who are involved in our adoption ministry are also inspiring--they are so willing to share their stories (even the rough parts) in hopes of making the road a little smoother for the next person who travels it.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  Adoption and orphan care ministry can encompass adoptive and foster parents, birth parents, adopted people, and your entire faith community. Your ministry doesn't have to be big and expensive to be successful. The most successful adoption ministries are those that reach out--one individual at a time--with the goal of equipping and encouraging.

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