Karyn Purvis


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Healing the Wounds of Relational Trauma

posted on March 8, 2013

I remember the first time I heard it said. It came out of nowhere during a conversation with an adult adoptee, and I recoiled as the words made their way to my heart. “There is no adoption without loss,” she…… Read More

Ten Questions Adoptive Parents Often Ask

posted on September 19, 2012

Empowered To Connect is offering a new video series entitled Ten Questions Adoptive Parents Often Ask. ETC will be releasing a new video each Wednesday on the Empowered To Connect website. Here are the three videos in this series released…… Read More

Can You Say You’re Sorry?

posted on September 4, 2012

Sometimes, the baby wakes up at 5 am with a fever, and your 4 year old comes bouncing in an hour later excited for the first day of school. As you are struggling to wake up, sort through what a…… Read More

Upcoming Empowered to Connect Conferences

posted on June 22, 2012

Empowered To Connect, together with Show Hope, hosts the Empowered To Connect Conference — a two-day conference designed to help adoptive and foster parents, ministry leaders and professionals better understand how to connect with “children from hard places” in order to help them heal…… Read More

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The Dog Days of Summer

posted on June 18, 2012

Summer is in full swing and it seems like déjà vu all over again. I’ve written in the past about the challenges that summer presents for me as a mom. In listening to many of my friends, it sounds like I…… Read More

Precious in His Sight

posted on March 5, 2012

Empowered To Connect recently posted the following new audio resource featuring Dr. Karyn Purvis. Each year the Christian Alliance for Orphans hosts its annual Summit. At Summit VII in 2011 Dr. Karyn Purvis was featured as one of the keynote…… Read More

Using Time-In Instead of Time-Out

posted on January 30, 2012

Check out the latest Empowered To Connect video, where Dr. Karyn Purvis talks about the use of ‘time-in’ instead of ‘time-out’ to effectively correct and train our children.  As she explains, this important strategy promotes healthy development and secure connection,…… Read More

Focusing on Food & Nutrition

posted on October 5, 2011

As Dr. Karyn Purvis points out in The Connected Child, nutrition is important for all children — and especially so for children from hard places. Dr. Purvis explains, however, that “it’s not always obvious that a child is missing out on complete…… Read More

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Counting the Cost of the Journey

posted on September 9, 2011

The adoption and foster care journey is filled with joy, blessings and beauty. But it is a journey also marked by loss, pain and challenges of various kinds. As a result, parents must be mindful to ‘count the cost’ of…… Read More

Children from Hard Places

posted on June 5, 2011

Watch as Dr. Karyn Purvis details the common characteristics of children from hard places and offers insight into what these children need most to heal and become whole.… Read More