AMP S3E13: What Is Adoption Like for a Dad? - Chuck Butler and Bryan Fittin

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Let’s be honest, most of you reading this are women. BUT there are also plenty of male listeners AND most of you with and XX Chromosome have an XY in your life who needs support too. SO we started a new tradition here on the podcast. DAD WEEK!

Enter Chuck Butler. That last name is probably familiar to listeners from his wife, Amy Butler. Chuck is the other half of this amazing marital team who champions for adoption and for wholeness for adoptive parents.

Chuck and Amy have two biological and two adopted kids, and Amy recently shared about their disrupted adoption experience as well.

Chuck and Bryan chat about manhood and fatherhood and what those roles mean for this incredibly hard calling to which we’ve all said yes. They also answered some listener questions crowdsourced from social media, and, bonus, they’re both hilarious.

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I have to tell you about my husband Bryan really quickly too. He is just my favorite person on earth (Shocker, right?). He is so smart and business-savvy, but he’s also cool and trendy and funny. He has his own podcast on photography and also owns and manages Go Rogue, a digital marketing consulting and production company. I’m pretty proud of this guy if you couldn’t tell.

I hope you love listening to these two chat about what it means to be a adoptive dad.

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AMP S3E12: Practical Skills to Help Kids Who Have Been Abused - Z & Britt Ivy

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Meet power couple Z (Zanas) and Britt Ivy. They are awesome.

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Z is the owner and head instructor of Gracie Jiu Jitsu NWA with Britt as his co-pilot to teach self-defense and empowerment to all people, but their passion is absolutely to teach women these skills.

Why?

On top of having two daughters, the issue of being able to protect yourself hits close to home for the Ivys. When Britt was raped in college, she thought she’d never get past her trauma. Even after she married her husband Z and was in an assuredly safe environment, there was still a gap in her life as a result of what happened years ago. It wasn’t until their family dove into Gracie Jiu Jitsu that she began to fully heal.

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Their story, especially Britt’s, is so powerful and gives us an amazing tool to hand our kids with abusive pasts. I absolutely cannot wait for you to get to know this amazing and godly couple.

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AMP S3E10-11: Disrupted Adoptions (Parts 1 and 2) - Amy Butler, Rachel Kirksey, and Randi Perkins

This episode was so full of amazingness that I couldn’t stand to cut any of it out to get it to all fit in one episode, so, like any good host in a bind, I made it a 2-parter!

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First up, a VIP of the show, Amy Butler. You guys fell in love with Amy back in season 1, and she’s here on this episode to tell you guys about a much harder part of their adoption journey, one in which they chose to disrupt a placement for the health of their family.

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The finale interview of part 1 comes from Rachel Kirksey. Rachel and her husband Ben never opened as an adoptive home or even as a foster home officially, but they did say yes when God literally dropped a young boy on their doorstep and asked them to take care of him. Through a really tough seasons, Rachel learned that yes to God doesn’t always mean what you think it will.

 (Photos Curtesy of Brooke Cagle Photography)

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In part 2 of our series on disrupted adoption, we sit down with Randi Perkins. Randi and her husband Lloyd have 3 boys, none of whom are adopted, but not for lack of trying. Randi had a tough few years where she waited out a hard season of following the Lord that ended in 3 disrupted adoptions. From really hard behavioral problems to some spiritual warfare issues, Randi had to learn to follow God wherever He led her.

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AMP S3E9: What Does Adoption Mean for Our Bio Kids? - Abby Hutchins

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What will happen to our bio kids?

This is a question that almost every single adoptive parent asks themselves before they jump into this world. We are afraid that our bio kids will be left out, will be traumatized, will be exposed to really hard things.

Guess what? This all very likely will come true. BUT, they will also be compassionate, have a better perspective of their own privilege, and know what it looks like to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

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Abby Hutchins is a freshman in college and still living at home with her EIGHT siblings, only one of whom is biologically related to her. She was old enough when her parents started their adoption journey to be fully aware of what was going on and how different her life was starting to look like.

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In this episode, she shares with us HER journey with a big adoptive family and how it has changed her life. She’s awesome and I know you will LOVE her as much as I do!

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AMP S3E8: He's Walking across the Whole Country for Adoption - Glenn Koster

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Glen Koster has an incredible story, and I mean that in the truest sense of the word. It’s incredible that one human could go through so much and come out alive, healthy, and loving Jesus in the end.

This man’s story isn’t just stopping with him, though. He he devoted this season of his life to walking across the whole country to raise awareness for adoption. While he’s certainly not the first person to walk across the country, he is one of the only people who chose to take the longest possible route to enable him to spend the most time on the road and talking with anyone who will listen about his story and adoption.

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