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How Do You Measure Success?

posted on May 5, 2012

Check out the latest video from Empowered To Connect as Amy & Michael Monroe talk about the need for adoptive and foster parents to remain focused on what it means to be successful in the parenting journey as we love children…… Read More

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Making Sense of It All

posted on February 29, 2012

Amy Curtis presented Making Sense of It All: Helping Adopted Children Understand Who Their Are at the 2011 Tapestry Adoption & Foster Care Conference.  In this hour-long presentation, Amy highlights some of the essential elements that parents and professionals must focus on in…… 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

What Every Adoptive Parent Should Know

posted on November 18, 2011

In order to truly understand ‘children from hard places’ — what they have experienced, the impact of those experiences and how we as parents can help them heal and grow — it’s important that we understand some of the basics. …… Read More

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The Importance of Repairing Your Mistakes

posted on October 19, 2011

There is no such thing as a perfect parent — and that is actually good news, so long as parents are willing to focus on repair when they fail and make mistakes. Watch as Dr. Karyn Purvis explains why it…… 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

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Practice, Practice, Practice!

posted on July 18, 2011

Practice is an essential part of life — that is, if improving competence and confidence is our goal. This is no less true for adoptive and foster parents as they begin (and continue) down the path of parenting in a…… 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

Looking at Ourselves to Help Our Children Heal

posted on June 5, 2011

Watch as Dr. Karyn Purvis explains the importance of parents being willing to look at their own histories as well as their expectations in order to be able to effectively connect with their children to help them heal.… Read More

Creating a Healthy Adoption Culture in Your Church

posted on June 5, 2011

The church must play a critical and unique role in the adoption and foster care journey. Not only can the church proclaim the love of God and a deeper understanding of our adoption into His forever family through faith in…… Read More