The Blessing of Adoption: A Conversation with the Hart Family

In this episode of The Defender Podcast, host Rick Morton sets the stage for a heartwarming conversation between Lifeline’s Senior Director of International Adoption, Karla Thrasher, and special guests Amy and Jillian Hart. Listeners are invited into the intimate world of the Hart family’s adoption journey, where Amy reflects on the decision to pursue international adoption and Jillian shares her experiences growing up as an adoptee from China. From insights into cultural heritage to invaluable advice for prospective adoptive families, this episode encapsulates the transformative power of love and resilience in the adoption journey. Amy and Jillian offer words of encouragement, inspiring families to trust in God’s guidance and embrace the blessings of adoption.


Amy Hart is a devoted mother who made the life-changing decision, alongside her husband and children, to pursue international adoption. They have adopted twice from China, bringing home their daughter Jillian and son Joseph. Amy’s experiences offer invaluable insights and advice for prospective adoptive families.

Jillian Hart is a Master of Physician Assistant Studies student at Samford University, passionate about an active lifestyle and finding the best iced latte in Birmingham. Profoundly impacted by her adoption through Lifeline Adoption Agency, Jillian shares her heartfelt experiences growing up as an adoptee from China. 


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.


Finances can be one of the largest barriers to moving forward with adoption. That’s why we are grateful for the Hope Adoption Fund, which provides financial help to families. 

Because of generous donors, we are offering $1000 scholarships to families applying for a full international adoption program by June 30. 

Families can begin the adoption process by visiting


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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