Lifeline Webinar – Entering Into Suffering: A Look at Suffering With and on Behalf of Children

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This Monday, April 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Lifeline will be presenting a webinar entitled “Entering Into Suffering: A Look at Suffering With and on Behalf of Children.”

Here is a description of this webinar from Lifeline’s event page:

During this webinar, Whitney White will discuss Biblical principles about suffering and how these Biblical truths relate to our calling to care for orphans and vulnerable children. We will explore what “entering into suffering” oftentimes looks like in the world of adoption and foster care. Although it may be one of the greatest challenges of a person’s life, entering into suffering with children and on behalf of children who have experienced tremendous amounts of pain can be an incredible God glorifying act of obedience. Join this webinar to hear how God uses the act of suffering for the sake of someone else to bring about healing and transformation in the lives of His people and children.

Please register for the webinar here.

Together for Adoption and Northland Camp & Conference Center Adoption Retreat

Together for Adoption and Northland Camp & Conference Center Adoption RetreatTogether for Adoption is partnering with Northland Camp & Conference Center this year for a family retreat with an adoption focus. The goal of this conference, which will be held June 22-27, is to provide adoptive families with refreshment and encouragement.

Sign up here, and enter the code “T4A” for a 15% registration discount!

Learn more about this adoption-focused family retreat.

From the Northland Camp & Conference Center website:

Adoption is one way that Christians have tried to be faithful to their duty of caring for orphans, and it is a practice that reflects how God has embraced and adopted Christians through faith in Christ (Rom 8:15 and Gal 4:5). Adoption is a wonderful thing, and yet families who have adopted also face unique challenges. At Northland’s new Adoption-Focused Family Retreat, such families will be encouraged by two speakers who themselves live with the joys and challenges of adoption. It is our desire for this retreat to be a time of renewal and refreshment through spending time in God’s Word, getting questions answered, fellowshipping with families in similar situations, and joining together in Christ-centered worship.In addition to teaching for the whole family, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to take part in our many activities. Whether you’ve already adopted, are in the midst of the process, or are simply considering adoption, this Family Retreat is for you!

APAC Webinar Tomorrow – April 22

ee1ea882-09cd-45df-8605-8ca551295abbTomorrow, April 22, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. CST, APAC will be hosting a webinar on Mitigating the Effects of Sexual Abuse.

From the event page:

This webinar will take a closer at how to effectively minimize the effects of sexual trauma across the life cycle. It will differentiate between past vs. current response to child sexual abuse cases, discuss current evidence-based practices in both treatment and prevention of child sexual abuse, and explore strategies that parents and professionals can take every day to ameliorate the effects of abuse and trauma.

Please register here for this event. CEUs are available for adoptive parents, foster parents, social workers, and counselors.


Alabama Orphan-Law Update | April 3, 2015

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An orphan is a vulnerable child left without adequate familial provision and protection from evil.  There is real evil in the world – evil that will always seek to abuse, neglect, and rob vulnerable children.  Orphan Law is that body of law that relates to addressing and alleviating the affliction of these vulnerable children.

This week, Alabama’s appellate courts released two new opinions that affect orphans and their families. 

The first case of the week is A.H. v. B.C., 2120877 (April 3, 2015), drafted by Judge Moore.  This decision arises out of the same facts and circumstances of Ex parte B.C., 1130250 (January 30, 2015), wherein the Court of Civil Appeals (Civs) held that, when the mother of a child brings a TPR petition against the father, there is no need to assert dependency.

The issue in the case at hand deals with the father’s argument that the juvenile court lacked subject matter jurisdiction because the mother did not file her TPR petition in compliance with § 12-15-120, Code of Alabama.  Said code section requires that at a TPR petition, when alleged in conjunction with a dependency allegation, must be filed with the juvenile court intake officer.

The Civs held that the mother’s failure to comply with the filing requirements of § 12-15-120, did not divest the juvenile court of subject matter jurisdiction.  This decision is another helpful installment for the orphan-care community in understanding the appropriate procedure for the termination of parental rights of absent fathers, when initiated by the child’s mother.

The second case of the week is S.S. v. T.Y. and D.Y., 2140045 (April 3, 2015), drafted by Presiding Judge Thompson.  The facts of this case are definitely esoteric, but the issue and result are far too common.  The juvenile court took custody of two of the mother’s children away from her and gave them to the petitioners.  That’s basically the entirety of the pertinent details that the Civs give us in this case, however, this is the second time the case has been before the Civs. The initial case was affirmed with no opinion on September 12, 2014, and styled as T.Y. v. S.S..

The issue the Civs resolved in this round of proceedings was whether the mother timely filed her Notice of Appeal.  Pursuant to juvenile law, a Notice of Appeal must be filed within 14 days of the entry or denial of a post-judgment motion (also, remember to keep in mind that a post-judgment motion is denied by operation of law after 14 days in the juvenile court).  In the case at hand, the mother filed three post-judgment motions.  However, the Civs held that the last two post-judgment motions were repetitive and basically identical to the first.  Therefore, they declined to treat the last two post-judgment motions as new motions for the purpose of calculating the time for appeal.

As a result, the Civs dismissed the appeal as being untimely filed.  This case is a reminder to orphan-care advocates to be persnickety about timelines—especially the appeal timelines, which can be unforgiving.  This case also gives a window into the unique situation where a party files multiple post-judgment motions.

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Memorandum on House Bill 48

The Adoption Law Firm places a high priority on forwarding legislation that promotes uncompromising excellence in caring for orphans. As such, we would like to address House Bill 48, which seeks to address oversight and accountability for the child welfare system – an issue we care passionately about. In particular, we seek to respectfully address some of our concerns with the language of the bill. Please feel free to read and share our memorandum, which can be found here.


Outstanding Teen Comes From Foster Care with an Inspiring Message

2015_Top_5Miss Alabama’s recently crowned outstanding teen, Kaitlynn Campbell, has had some difficult experiences growing up. Having experienced life in foster care and recently settling into her own room after many months of instability, her background stands out. But more importantly, what really stands out is her stunningly beautiful attitude and heart. From

“I’ve worked with my circumstances,” Campbell says. “It has been hard. It hasn’t been easy, but it has been so worth it. It has just been an incredible journey ever since. Things have fallen together perfectly, God has just been in this whole journey all through the way.

“I’m excited to able to represent the state of Alabama and to be the voice for the kids that are going through hard times,” Campbell adds. “I’m excited to be able to use my platform as a stepping stone to change the world.”

That started when she stepped out on stage last weekend for the talent competition, singing Martina McBride’s “Concrete Angel,” a song about child abuse.

“I want to give other kids the courage to overcome any type of adversity that they’re facing, not just child abuse, not just child neglect, but teenage bullying to everything that there is in the book that teenagers face today, because it is not easy being a teenager,” Campbell says. “I know that first-hand.”

Her story serves as an inspiration not only for children who do not have permanency and the security of a forever family, but for everyone. Thanks for representing Alabama so well, Kaitlynn!

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“Annie” at Eastwood Christian School




Are you looking for plans next Thursday or Friday? Well, we have just the thing! Eastwood Christian School is performing “Annie” this year for their school play. The play will be held at Taylor Road Baptist Church at 6:30 p.m. on March 12 and 13 – and admission is FREE!!

“Annie” is a beautiful story of orphan care and redemption. The Adoption Law Firm will be there, along with other local orphan care and adoption organizations, to help encourage everyone to get involved in providing for the 153 million orphans in the world today.

We hope to see you there!

“Eat Mor Chikin” for First Choice Women’s Medical Center

cfa-fb-main-3Do you have dinner plans yet? Do you love Chick-fil-A (who doesn’t?) and want to support an excellent cause?

Today between 5 PM and 9 PM, the Chick-fil-A at Eastchase will be donating 20 percent of its profits to First Choice Women’s Medical Center.

Please make sure to order inside so that you can sign a sheet to specify that you would like to participate in the First Choice Women’s Medical Center benefit.