Defending the Vulnerable: Child Abuse Prevention with Julie Lowe

In this episode of the Defender Podcast, hosts Herbie Newell and Rick Morton engage in a discussion on Child Abuse Prevention with guest Julie Lowe, a highly experienced author, speaker, and counselor. With over two decades of expertise in counseling and advocacy for vulnerable children, Julie offers invaluable insights into the nuanced understanding of child abuse, highlighting lesser-known forms that often evade detection. As April marks Child Abuse Prevention Month, the conversation pivots to the significance of awareness and proactive measures, with Julie outlining specific actions individuals and communities can take to combat this pressing issue. Drawing from her dual roles as a counselor and foster and adoptive parent, Julie delves into recognizing signs and indicators of child abuse and provides practical guidance on addressing concerns effectively. 


Julie Lowe is an author, speaker, and counselor. She holds an MA in counseling from Biblical Theological Seminary, is a licensed professional counselor with over twenty-five years of counseling experience, and is a registered play therapist supervisor. Julie served as a faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF) for over 20 years and has lectured and taught at Missio Seminary and Westminster Theological Seminary.

Julie and her husband, Greg, live in the Philadelphia, PA area and have five children. They have served for over 20 years as foster and adoptive parents.


Herbie Newell is the President & Executive Director of Lifeline Children’s Services and its ministry arms.


Dr. Rick Morton is the Vice President of Engagement at Lifeline Children’s Services.


Promo: Families Count
At Lifeline, we want to empower families with education, resources, and support. Parents who are struggling to keep their family together are vulnerable to making decisions that affect their children negatively. Many parents also don’t know how to parent in a healthy way. That’s why we partner with local churches for Families Count. 

Families Count is a family restoration and preservation ministry that partners with the local church to provide parenting courses for vulnerable families in the foster care system or who are at risk of entering it. By helping parents develop a more healthy family, we help prevent child neglect and abuse. 

You can help make families stay together in a healthy way when you partner with us. Visit to learn more about becoming a monthly donor or see our show notes for more details.


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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