Today I’m chatting about foster parenting and adoption with my friend Elizabeth Oates. Elizabeth’s powerful story will inspire you to examine your own limits and find ways to be the Church to those who need a family and to those families who have chosen to foster parent or adopt.


In This Episode You’ll Hear…

  • What led Elizabeth and her husband to begin foster parenting
  • Why Elizabeth wants to change her family tree
  • The importance of being on the same page as a husband and wife
  • How to get involved in foster parenting

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Quick Links

  1. Elizabeth’s books :: Dealing With Divorce and If You Could See as Jesus Sees (coming Jan. 2016)
  2. Arrow Child & Family Ministries
  3. Raising Your Spirited Child
  4. How He Loves by David Crowder
  5. The Jesus Storybook Bible
  6. Love the song in the outro? It’s called God Day. It’s by Jen Stanbro and you can get it on iTunes by clicking here and check out Jen’s site by clicking here.

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  • Avatar Suse says:

    Wow! What a breathtakingly inspiring listen! *Praise God* for families like Elizabeth’s. xx

  • Avatar Jen says:

    Good Stuff! I love that this topic is out there on the ITA podcast list!! Thank you, Kat, for bringing it to our ears!
    It was wonderful to hear your story, Elizabeth! My husband and I have had such a similar foster care journey. It was crazy listening to how God has worked in your family, because we have had remarkably similar experiences! We have a 6 and 4 year-old (bio) and a little foster baby girl who just turned 1 year. We had a family member of hers come into the picture unexpectedly, and we went through the visitation process, the praying and waiting and not knowing. Now we are just about a month out from adoption, welcoming our little sweetheart into our family officially. The stories are always deep and rich…the greater the risks we’re willing to take when God leads, the greater the miracles we get to bear witness to! God bless you ladies! You rock!

    • Avatar Kat Lee says:

      Oh, I didn’t know all that Jen. That is just wonderful. Thank you for sharing your journey (and your lovely voice at the end of every episode.)

  • Avatar Ashley says:

    So great to hear this podcast. My husband and I have been licensed foster parents for almost 4 years now. We’ve had three placements, and adopted one of those placements. We are currently evaluating whether or not to continue fostering as our last placement was particularly challenging. It was really encouraging to hear Elizabeth’s story. I can echo much of it, and I could hear in her voice the joy of surrendering to God’s call in this area of her life, even though it’s a difficult journey.

    P.S. I finally left a review on iTunes – been meaning to for months!! The last few months of the podcast have been so good for me and my family. We’ve started the Positive Parenting Solutions courses after listening to your episode with Amy McCready. I’ve also been doing the Hello Mornings studies, which have been incredibly helpful in getting me back on track with the Lord after a really stressful winter. Thank you!!

  • Avatar Brittany says:

    This has really encouraged me in my desire to adopt. I definitely don’t see foster care in my future (I’ve had many ethical and moral problems with how the system works for years now, though I’m attempting to develop legislation that would reform foster care, as well as CPS and DYFS agencies in general) but this really inspires me to keep doing what I’m doing and prepare for adoption!