Orphan Summit VIII day 1
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 05-04-2012
So here I am at the Orphan Summit hosted by Saddleback Church, Lake Forest - Southern California. What follows is my live blog of the morning plenary session. I unintentionally kicked off a bit of twitter storm through tweeting from the conference something that one of the speaker said. I have put my instant reactions in brackets - the rest are either quotations or summaries from the platform speakers. So the orphan summit kicks off in earnest today, yesterday was the presummit intensives link here. We are in the main…
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Theology Boot Camp
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 05-02-2012
  [caption id="attachment_4589" align="alignleft" width="620" caption="Photo by Chiceaux Lynch/Flickr (Creative Commons)"][/caption] OK for the afternoon am spending time at with Dan Cruver from Together for Adoption. Its a movement for adoption that has a strong theological emphasis. Their book Reclaiming Adoption which features the writing of John Piper. Listened to a powerful testimony of a mum whose adopted son has recently become a Christian. Now Jason Cornwell is up to speak on Ephesians 1. Jason is a single 35 year old with a passion for Orphan Care. (he seems nice…
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Questions that every adoptive family needs to think through:
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 05-02-2012
[caption id="attachment_4584" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="image from Think Out Loud (CC)"][/caption] Here are 10 questions from seminar leader Michael Monroe. 1. Are you willing to acknowledge and fully embrace your child’s history, including that which you know and that which you will likely never know? 2. Are you willing to accept that your child has been affected by his/her history, possibly in profound ways, and as a result that you will need to parent your child in a way that exhibits true compassion and promotes connection and healing? 3. Are you…
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Adoption and Foster Care Ministry
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 05-02-2012
I am in a seminar called "Developing an Adoption and Foster Care Ministry that prepares and equips families for the Journey" lead by Michael and Amy Monroe from Irving Bible Church www.tapestryministry.org It was inspiring to hear the number of people in the seminar that have adopted sibling groups – for some reason lots of them have adopted from Ethiopia. Having adopted they are not catalysts for an adoption ministry in their wider churches. Most of the people here come from churches over 3000 people in it. But everyone here…
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National consultation on Fostering, Adoption & the Church
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 03-30-2012
I am delighted to tell you about a nationwide initiative that I am working on with Care for the Family and Evangelical Alliance. There is a pressing need in the UK for more foster and adoptive parents. There is a crisis in recruitment and retainment of foster and adoptive placements. The church is uniquely placed to offer its help to meet both of these needs. As a large social network with involvement with large numbers of families the church is fertile soil for recruitment. Once carers have been through the…
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The Adoption Race
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 03-16-2012
When the boys in my comprehensive school met me they labelled me “Paki”. They never asked me where I was from and never discovered that I am half Sri Lankan Tamil, a quarter Irish and a quarter Assamese Indian. They were not color blind – they saw my colour and judged me on that and that alone. My sense of humour, my academic gifts, my personality, my character didn’t even get a look in. I was rejected because I didn't fit their acceptable ethnic criteria. When my wife and I…
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Books worth reading on Fostering and Adoption
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 03-11-2012
1. Wounded Children, Healing Homes: How traumatised children impact foster and adoptive homes by Jayne E Schooler et al (Very good book written by Christians that helps explain attachment theory with stories and science useful for adopters and foster carers) 2. Bubble-wrapped children, by Helen Oakwater (says its about adoption and social media, but actually very good introduction to the effects of trauma on children removed from their birth families. Useful for adopters and foster carers) 3. Hurting Too Much - Shocking Stories from the frontline of child protection by…
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The Church and Adoption…
Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 03-09-2012
[caption id="attachment_4324" align="aligncenter" width="706" caption="Take your child to work day worked out well for my son..."][/caption] Today I was invited by the British Association of Adoption and Fostering to be at a consultation with Prime Minister David Cameron to talk about how we see adoption become faster and fairer across the UK. Over the next week we should see some announcement regarding an action plan of changes in policy and practice on issues such as setting a limit on how long a child will have to wait to be adopted,…
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