Chelsea Sobolik and Adoption’s Impact on her Life

Chelsea Patterson Sobolik is Lifeline’s Senior Director of Policy & Advocacy. She joins the podcast today to talk about how adoption has deeply impacted her life. She shares about her personal adoption story, her and husband’s pursuit of adopting a child internationally, and her book “Longing for Motherhood: Holding Onto Hope in the Midst of Childlessness.”

Chelsea Patterson Sobolik serves as Lifeline’s Senior Director of Policy & Advocacy. Prior to joining Lifeline, she was the Director of Policy for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). Previously, she worked on Capitol Hill on pro-life policies, domestic and international religious freedom, adoption, and foster care issues. Chelsea has been published at the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Gospel Coalition, Christianity Today, and others. She is the author of Longing for Motherhood – Holding onto Hope in the Midst of Childlessness, and a forthcoming book on women and work. She has a B.A. in International Relations from Liberty University, and lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband Michael. She and Michael are in the adoption process, and are looking forward to welcoming home a child from India.

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.

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