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How to Choose an Adoptive Family for Your Baby

Adoption

Posted on September 27, 2021
by Tiffany Bergman

The wonderful thing about working with an adoption agency like Lutheran Family Service to choose an adoptive family is that we’ve done all the behind-the-scenes work in selecting families to be in our adoption program that can provide a safe and loving home for your baby.

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What to Expect When Placing Your Child for Adoption

Adoption

Posted on September 21, 2021
by Kim Laube

The vast majority of women who make an adoption plan for their child will tell you they weren’t sure in the beginning, likely changed their mind throughout the pregnancy, and eventually found peace with their decision at some point along the way.

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Top Adoption Funding Resources

Adoption

Posted on September 21, 2021
by Jessica Lynch

Costs associated with adoption can be at the top of the worry-list for many couples. The good news is that there are many sources for funding adoptions.

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Six Tips to Talk to your Child about Porn

Parenting

Posted on September 20, 2021
by Bethany Kuhlmann, DCE

Discussing sexuality and porn with your child can seem like a challenge. However, it’s better to help set a firm foundation in God’s truth for sexuality before they encounter porn than after they’ve been exposed. Use the six tips and resources below as a guide to talking with your child about porn.

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Dealing with Cancer – 3 Reasons Why Counseling Can Help

Mental Health

Posted on September 2, 2021
by Rev. Andrew Johnson

If you have dealt with cancer, if you’ve walked alongside someone who has had cancer, or if you’re currently in the midst of battling cancer, here are 3 reasons it might be time to receive counseling.

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Confronting Your Addiction

Churchworker Support

Posted on July 3, 2021
by Toni Larson, LISW

The thought of having an addiction can be frightening.  So frightening, that taking a hard look at what is happening may be avoided. 

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Church Worker Mental Wellness – Why Does It Matter?

Churchworker Support

Posted on June 4, 2021
by Toni Larson, LISW

Church workers don’t enter their vocation without bringing along their personal histories. This is the case with many helping professionals; they enter service professions having experienced their own issues. These issues could be personal or family trauma (abuse, substance abuse, loss of a parent or sibling, etc.); they may be genetically or biologically predisposed to depression, anxiety disorders, or addictions;  they may develop, due to their circumstances and personality, depression, anxiety, addiction issues, etc.;  and they may encounter current stressful life issues with their own spouse or children, congregations, transitions in life such as empty nest and retirement, and community conflict.

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Reaching Senior Care Community Residents During COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19

Posted on February 16, 2021
by Rev. Max Phillips

10 Ways to Reach Senior Care Community Residents During the COVID-19 Pandemic – During this COVID-19 pandemic, it can be a challenge to visit face to face. Please know that the senior care community staff are doing best to protect those elder souls they care for. And, that much of what they do is not optional, but legally mandated.

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Obria Medical Clinics and Lutheran Family Service Partner to Bring Low-Cost Women’s Services to Fort Dodge and Surrounding Communities

Life Advocacy

Posted on January 26, 2021
by Lutheran Family Service

Obria Medical Clinics offers women in Fort Dodge and surrounding communities low-cost pregnancy testing, STD testing and treatment, and ultrasound.

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The Handiwork of God – The Trinitarian Value of Human Life

Life Advocacy

Posted on January 25, 2021
by Rev. Dr. Jim Lamb - Life Advocate

Every human being is God’s handiwork, someone created by God’s hands, someone redeemed by His hands, and someone He either has called or desires to call into an eternal, hand-held relationship. Other things do not matter! 

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