Recently, we had the opportunity to invite Dr. Andi Thacker to speak at a networking luncheon for churches and staff involved in special needs ministry around our community. This presentation contained so much information that anyone working with or volunteering in any children’s and student ministries would find value in spending an hour listening to it.
Andi uncovers many myths about adoption and foster care, dives into a discussion of attachment and the neuro-psychology of trauma experienced by children with special needs in these situations, and begins to outline how to minister to and help these families.
In addition to her teaching responsibilities at Dallas Theological Seminary, Andi maintains a small private practice in which she specializes with children and adolescents and supervises LPC Interns. Andi is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Board Approved Supervisor, a Registered Play Therapist, and a Nationally Certified Counselor. She and her husband, Chad, have been married for 13 years and have three children. They have been members at Stonebriar Community Church since 2004 and are active in their Sunday Fellowship and Marriage Core.
Our ministry for those with special needs is called GIFT: God Is Faithful Throughout. We nurture students’ desire for a Savior and develop their faith; we teach them that they are created in the image of God and they are designed for a purpose; we guide them along the winding road to independence; and we help prepare them for a fulfilling future. You can find more information about this ministry at stonebriar.org/specialneeds