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Family tapestries

Adoption | Transracial adoption brings unique challenges, but intentional parenting can help multiracial families thrive
by Charissa Koh
Posted 3/11/21, 04:02 pm

On the first day of March, several members of the Kyner family sat around their kitchen. Anna, 16, wore her blond hair in two braids and sat at a round kitchen table. High-school senior Noël leaned against a counter and talked about studying at community college while figuring out the best degree for pursuing missions work. Their goldendoodle lay sprawled out on the floor beside the table.

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Bethany’s break

Adoption | After decades of affirming Christian teaching on marriage, Bethany Christian Services will allow same-sex couples to foster and adopt children in all its locations
by Jamie Dean
Posted 3/09/21, 04:22 pm

On the first day of March, a brief email announced a big change at Bethany Christian Services: The organization plans to follow “consistent inclusive practices” and “offer services with the love and compassion of Jesus to the many types of families who exist in our world today.”

The language was vague, but the meaning was clear: After a practice of declining to place children in gay and lesbian households in states that didn’t require it, Bethany now allows same-sex couples to apply to foster and adopt in all of its locations—whether local laws require it or not. 

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The wide gate

Parenting | The path to destruction is a twisted form of the path to life
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 1/14/21, 04:29 pm

Since Time magazine announced God was dead in 1966, people have done their best to manage without Him, notably in relationships. God’s narrow way of one man and one woman monogamously raising offspring has been paved over with multilane beltways, bypasses, and loops that must look sort of messy from angel altitude.

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