On today’s episode, we are joined by Corin Orean. She and her husband, Jason, have been married for 13 years, and they are the parents of three kids with Treacher Collin Syndrome. Corin shares openly about the challenges and joys in raising children with special needs. Her and her husband not only had to learn the new language of medical jargon, but they had to learn American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate with their children! She even discusses how the local church can love on families within the body in similar life circumstances. But not only that, we talk at length about adoption! Corin’s third child, who has the same genetic disorder as her biological daughters, was recently adopted from China at the age of 5! Like all adoption stories, it is a beautiful testimony that is a tangible representation of the gospel. Even if you’re not a parent of a child with special needs or do not feel led to adopt, we hope this conversation will encourage you to respond to your costly adoption into the family of God by being an active member of a local church that rallies around families in these life seasons.
Resources mentioned in this episode:
- Information on Treacher Collin Syndrome from the NIH
- Wonder (2017)
- Fund Your Adoption
- Orphan Justice: How to Care for Orphans Beyond Adopting by Johnny Carr
- The Defender Podcast by Lifeline Children’s Services
- Mine in China: Your Comprehensive Guide to Adopting from China by Kelly Mayfield
- The Connected Child by Karyn B. Purvis
- Gracelaced by Ruth Chou Simons
- In His Image by Jen Wilkin
Scripture mentioned in this episode:
- James 1:27
- John 14:18
- Ephesians 1:5-6
- Psalm 146:9
- Isaiah 40:11
- Isaiah 43
- Matthew 7:14
- 1 Thessalonians 4:3
- Isaiah 40:31
- Lamentations 3:23
- Jeremiah 32:27
- Psalm 27:14/Joshua 1:9
- Micah 6:8
- Psalm 10:14
- 2 Corinthians 5:18
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