Harbor Families & Family Preservation

  • Nancy Osborne, Senior Director of Foster Care and Family Preservation at Lifeline Children's Services, joins the podcast today to talk about Lifeline's family preservation programs and Harbor Families specifically. She talks about engaging the church to identify gospel-centered families. They discuss churches getting involved to walk alongside of birth families and foster families. 
  • Nancy Osborne is the Senior Director of Foster Care and Family Preservation at Lifeline Children's Services and joined the team in June of 2021. She oversees Lifeline's foster care programs and Harbor Families. She has spent most of her life in south Florida, but currently lives in Gainesville, Georgia. She received both her bachelor's degree in psychology and master's degree in mental health counseling psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She is currently pursuing her PhD in psychology from Liberty University. She also started a foster care and adoption ministry in her church. 
  • Herbie Newell is the President & Executive Director of Lifeline Children’s Services and its ministry arms.
  • Rick Morton is the Vice President of Engagement at Lifeline Children's Services.
  • Summer break can be a great time to let Bridge Educational Services help you and your child maintain learning and structure over the summer. 
  • Bridge tutors can help your child prepare for the next school year while engaging in fun, purposeful activities that can improve areas such as focus, comprehension, and decision-making skills. 
  • Bridge Educational Services will customize a plan for you and your child. 
  • Visit https://lifelinechild.org/educational-services/ for more information. 
  • The mission of Lifeline Children’s Services is to equip the Body of Christ to manifest the gospel to vulnerable children. Our vision is for vulnerable children and their communities to be transformed by the gospel and to make disciples. 
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Creators and Guests

Herbie Newell
Herbie Newell
Herbie Newell serves as the President & Executive Director of Lifeline Children’s Services, holds an MBA in Accounting from Samford University and brings years of experience from his work as an independent auditor at WAKM Companies, LLC. Serving as Lifeline's Executive Director since 2003, Herbie has significantly expanded international outreach, obtained licensure in 17 states, and led the establishment of the foster care arm. A passionate advocate, he co-founded (un)adopted in 2009, focusing on equipping orphaned children with life skills for community transformation. Herbie, also the author of "Image Bearers: Shifting from Pro-birth to Pro-Life," emphasizes that being pro-life extends beyond opposing abortion, urging a broader ethic that includes fighting for racial equality and embracing every individual with the love of Christ. Herbie and his wife, Ashley, reside in Birmingham, Alabama, and are the parents to three children.
Rick Morton
Rick Morton
As Senior Vice President of Engagement, Rick Morton shepherds the ministry’s outreach to individual, church, and organizational ministry partners as well as the ministry’s commitment to publishing resources that aid families and churches in discipling orphans and vulnerable children. Prior to Lifeline, Rick served for 15 years as a college and seminary professor, and he also served local churches in Tennessee, Louisiana, and Mississippi. He is an accomplished writer and sought after speaker. Most notably, Rick is the co-author of the popular Orphanology: Awakening to Gospel-centered Adoption and Orphan Care and the author of KnowOrphans: Mobilizing the Church for Global Orphanology. Rick and his lovely wife Denise have been married for over 32 years, and they have 3 children, all of whom joined their family through international adoption. God has continued to grow their family, and he now enjoys the role of “Doc” to his precious granddaughter!