Archives for December 2014

Adopt a Foster Child with AdoptUSKids

adoptuskidsIn a season of giving, the ultimate gift is that of a new loving home for a foster child. There are several adopted children throughout my family whose lives have been changed by parents who cared and were able to provide a home for a child in need. It changes a family in a very special way.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, AdoptUSKids and the Ad Council are unveiling a new series of public service advertisements (PSAs) designed to continue to encourage the adoption of children from foster care with an emphasis on the importance of keeping siblings together.

Since the launch of the campaign in 2004, more than 22,000 children who were once photo-listed on the AdoptUSKids website are now with their adoptive families and over 35,000 families have registered to adopt through AdoptUSKids.

There are currently 402,000 children in the foster care system in the United States of America and nearly 102,000 children (under 18 years of age) waiting for adoption. Approximately 23% of children and youth actively photolisted on the AdoptUSKids website and waiting for placement in adoptive homes were registered with one or more siblings. Sibling relationships are often the longest-lasting relationships for children in foster care.

“Adopting Deanta and Ranija is the most important thing that I have done in my life,” said Raenell Crenshaw, an adoptive parent who adopted her two children out of foster care, “I am so glad that my husband and I were able to keep them together. Having a brother or sister is such an influential and life-defining relationship. I want to encourage all prospective parents to think about the importance of keeping siblings together. I am so happy that I welcomed them both into our family.”

Watch the PSA below and be inspired. You could change a life or several by opening your home!

For more information about adoption, or about becoming an adoptive parent to a child from foster care, please visit or visit the campaign’s communities on Facebook and Twitter.


Entertainment News: A.D. is coming #ADTheSeries @ADtheseries @NBC

AD_300x250_trailerEver wonder what happened after …  not just after the Christmas story of baby Jesus celebrated at Christmas but after Jesus’s life on Earth, after his death and resurrection that we remember at Easter? In this last year’s movie Son of God, we saw a graphic presentation of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But, the  Bible doesn’t stop there and neither did producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. Read about the A.D. series coming to your T.V. this Spring and watch the trailer below. It doesn’t disappoint!


From the renowned producing team of Roma Downey and Mark Burnett comes A.D. on NBC – a landmark television event continuing where The Bible series left off.

A.D. starts with the Crucifixion and The Resurrection –catalysts that altered history. What follows is the epic tale of “A.D.” chronicling several of the most intense and tumultuous decades in history. The complicated birth of the early Church was a time filled with enormous faith, persecution, political intrigue, brutal Roman oppression and the desperate Jewish revolt. The entire world was transformed, and the course of human history would be forever changed.

A.D. tells its story through the eyes of the Apostles, Pilate, Caiaphas, the Jewish Zealots and the Herod family. With the Book of Acts and Paul’s letters as its foundation plus some artful use of history, A.D. shows why little has changed in two thousand years, but the church continues to change the world.

This Easter Sunday, April 5th, 2015, join millions of viewers for the premiere of A.D. and continue on a 12-week journey through what would become the most powerful global movement in history – the rise of the Church.

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