12.01.2016

Regent Law Alumni Making a Difference for Children in Need

Keila Molina, a 2013 Regent Law graduate, explains here God's working in her life toward her calling to rescue children:
The key purpose for this post is to share wonderful news about how God recently answered a prayer that had been on my heart for almost a decade: to work on a daily basis to rescue and protect children.  
My work is with the Office of the Arizona Attorney General, Child and Family Protection Division, Protective Services Section, as an Assistant Attorney General.  Specifically, this position entails representing the state in juvenile dependency matters and making recommendations to the court on behalf of the state concerning children, youth, and families who are in circumstances involving child abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment.  It is solely due to God's providence that I've been hired for such a specific position which fits each and every area which I've desired to be involved in as an attorney and a child advocate.  It is simply marvelous how only God truly knows our deepest desires and can provide exactly what our hearts were created for. 

Seven years ago, in my personal statement as I applied to Regent University School of Law, I wrote: "Many times things do not make sense and I do not understand why God allows painful situations to occur, and yet my own life serves as a reminder of the blessings that can come amidst painful circumstances."  Having worked with abused and neglected children prior to law school, my heart and passion towards advocating for the protection of children led me to pursue a law degree.  This calling towards child advocacy has been something I've at times fought against; I've even tried to forget about it when tremendous fears and challenges arose which simply seemed impossible to overcome.  My journey while in law school was far from easy and even after graduating from law school, I faced even more serious adversity and hardship.  I'll likely eventually write a book to hopefully encourage others by sharing about the many ways in which God truly made a way, where none was supposed to exist.  This is simply another of those moments to celebrate His faithfulness for allowing to come as far as I have, and the glory truly belongs to Him alone. 
 
As with everything of importance in life, including my plans, complete surrender to God's will is what I attempt my best to put into practice. The process of surrendering and in turn relying on God is, of course, an ongoing spiritual-growth process. In fact, particularly in the past year, there have been countless times in which I've questioned His purpose and my faith has faltered as I faced discouragement seeing only barrenness around me (figuratively as well as literally) as I relocated from the affluence of Orange County, California, to the simplicity of the desert region in the U.S./Mexico border: Yuma County, Arizona.  At times, life simply did not make sense; I've kept believing, however, that all of it is part of a bigger plan.  Being licensed to practice law in California yet deciding to take the Arizona bar exam was definitely another step of faith: completely requiring me to trust that God alone would carry me through and reveal His purpose, in His time.   
 
Now I pursue this exciting chapter of life realizing that God's ways are indeed higher and better than any of mine.  My focus verse as I celebrate this new beginning is Isaiah 26:12: "Lord, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us."  To say that I've struggled and been greatly challenged in every way possible throughout my transition to Arizona is to put it lightly.  I've faced deep personal losses, experienced painful rejection, as well as encountered difficult trials for which the solution is quite simply not in my hands.  I  remind myself of Paul's words in Romans 8:28, wholeheartedly believing that God will continue to make all things work together for my good.  We can fully trust, that for all of us who love Him, He will.     
 
Following the calling to advocate for those most vulnerable among us will never be without its challenges, spiritual and otherwise.  Only because of His great love can we find supernatural peace and endurance to persist in the race we are each called to run as we continue experiencing His never-ending grace, faithfulness, and goodness.

11.26.2016

November is National Adoption Month

The month of November marks the beginning of the holiday season, a wonderful time, if you have a family.  For children without a stable family environment, this season can be tough.  Focus on the Family has a fabulous ministry focused on foster care and adoption, encouraging stable families to make a difference for orphans.  You can find it at iCareAboutOrphans.org.

 

To learn more about what is best for children consider Tracing the Foundations of the Best Interest of the Child Standard in American Jurisprudence.  And to find out what a child needs in a forever family check out Rethinking Mom and Dad.  Adoption is at the heart of family restoration.

 

 

November: National Adoption Month

Wait No More: Finding Families for Waiting Kids

Learn more about the Focus on the Family Adoption & Orphan Care Initiative at iCareAboutOrphans.org.

You can make a difference in the life of an orphan.

 

11.21.2016

Pornography and your Family

 
 
According to LifeSiteNews, Donald Trump has become the first presidential candidate and now president elect to sign an anti-pornography pledge, promising to crack down on obscenity after an eight-year-long hiatus at the federal level.  “Mr. Trump’s leadership and commitment to uphold the rule of law is demonstrated by his signing of the Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge,” said Donna Rice Hughes, the president of the anti-porn group Enough is Enough, which drew the vow up. “Making the internet safer for children and families is a critical step in making America safe again.”
The heart of the promise requires the president to prosecute existing obscenity laws by “appointing an Attorney General who will make the prosecution of such laws a top priority in my administration.”  President George W. Bush founded the Justice Department’s Obscenity Prosecution Task Force in 2005, warning pornographers that the feds would prosecute video depictions of rape or pedophilia, even if simulated by consenting adults.
This effort can go a long way to protecting the best interests of children and their families.
 
 
 

11.15.2016

Gender Equality for Parents in Immigration

Parents, children and immigration were before the Supreme Court of the United States last week.  The Challenges of Family Law and Policy in Immigration Regulation are never easy to sort out, but always critical to families.
 
An immigration rule which makes it harder for unwed fathers to confer citizenship on their children than unwed mothers seemed likely to fall after oral argument before the Court in the case of Lynch v. Morales-Santana, which was argued November 9, 2016.  The discussion seemed to suggest that the constitutional rules of immigration may be changing. The justices spent most of the time trying to figure out the best remedy for this gender inequality.  A Christian Perspective on Gender Equality might prove helpful here, particularly in efforts toward family restoration. For more about this case and family immigration you can listen to this Cases & Controversies podcast.
 
Family restoration is always a guiding principle for immigration matters.