Parenting children requires the wisdom of Solomon, the faith of Mary, the patience of Job, the courage of Deborah, and the strength of Samson when your child moves out of the house. When God calls on parents to raise a child with disabilities, the work takes on added challenges.
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Often when a child with a disability comes into a family, whether by birth or by adoption, the parents are not ready for the emotional, spiritual, and practical changes they must make to care for their new child well.
Kathleen Deyer Bolduc invites readers to join her on a spiritual journey that begins with the shattering pain of asking questions that cannot be answered and continues toward new creation and new community.
This Focus on the Family article series describes itself like this: "Amid these stories from other parents, you'll find tips and tools in the areas of schooling, church, balancing the needs of your disabled child and the needs of your other children, coping when your circumstances have become too hard and encouragement in developing friendships."
Do you ever wonder what it is life is like for parents in your church who have children with autism; developmental disabilities; and physical, visual, hearing, and intellectual impairments? Your ministry will be enhanced if you ask them, and also if you check out this video.
Walk through this season of celebration and change with these tips for supporting persons with disabilities from Barbara J. Newman.
This author's third (and first biological) son was born in December 1967. He was a lovable child like his two older brothers. In 1985, the year in which he turned eighteen, the Lord permitted this devastating brain illness (schizophrenia) to affect him almost all year in some way or other. In fact, the illness left none of them untouched.
This writer has been depressed three times, each lasting three to six months. Two sisters coped with post-partum depression. Dad sought counsel in the past year for depression. Now their son who is 22 years old is trying to cope with it. The son’s depression hurts the most.
If your child seems to have developmental delays, s/he needs active intervention. The Help Me Grow program is a great tool to check out!
Ministry is primarily about relationships, but programs can provide the space for relationships to develop and flourish. This information sheet was distributed to people at Orland Park CRC by their Disability Concerns Team.
Live in Ontario? The Partners for Planning Network is designed to help relatives or caregivers of persons with a disability connect with other families, provide practical information, lessen isolation, and find solutions.
My husband and I have raised two children — one with special needs. While raising them, we also took care of my mother-in-law through cancer and dementia. We are a living testimony to what God can do in a family running on fumes.