Mandi and her husband have quite the missions resume’ under their belt. They have been long-term missionaries to several different countries and have birthed or adopted 6 kids along the way. They have three biological children, one adopted child from China, and two adopted children from Haiti. That makes me sweat just thinking about the mountains and mountains of paperwork they have filled out through this process. Their lives are way crazier than I feel like I could handle, but their family has a way of making it all seem so fun.
Mandi and I sat down to chat about lots of adoption things, including race, attachment, and family structure and bonding. I once again got a glimpse into the international side of this adoption game. It was awesome and I can’t wait for you guys to join in on the conversation.
- Grace Haven Ministries offers support and services for adoptive families in the trenches. I can say this from personal experience. We were at the end of our rope with this business and Grace Haven's director of counseling services was at our house within an hour... FO FREE. She talked us off the ledge and provided us with some great resources for moving forward. Seriously, reach out to them with your concerns and struggles TODAY. Visit their website here and their Facebook page here.
- The CALL trains, equips, and supports foster and adoptive families. You heard from the director in NWA, Ann in the first episode of this podcast. They are great and you should check them out. They have no-commitment info-meeting regularly if you just want to gather more information about adopting from the foster care system, and they provide the complete training you need to become an open home. Check out their website here and their Facebook page here.
- Project Zero puts the real live faces of children who are available for adoption in front of the families looking to provide forever homes for them. They travel around the state promoting their dream of having Zero waiting children in Arkansas. You can check out their website here and their Facebook here.