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Life Advocacy

Posted on February 17, 2022
by Kim Laube

Life advocacy is an important part of the Lutheran Family Service ministry as God calls us to defend the value of life in all stages, ages, and conditions from fertilization to natural death. And, it is our goal to help you do the same in your congregation, community, and voting booth.

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Does Telemental Health or Virtual Counseling Really Work?

Mental Health

Posted on January 17, 2022
by Toni Larson, LISW

There are many possible advantages to telemental health as well as some drawbacks. And, not everyone is appropriate for virtual counseling.

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Anxiety Disorder - Managing Anxiety

How to Manage Your Anxiety

Mental Health

Posted on November 30, 2021
by Toni Larson, LISW

I experienced dark times in my life as a child and at every stage of my growth into and through adulthood. I became a prisoner of my anxiety; especially in my earlier years. 

Managing the physical aspects of anxiety along with the cognitive processes that feed anxiety can be extremely helpful to improve daily functioning and quality of life.

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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

Church Worker Wellness

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?

Church Worker Wellness

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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