December 20, 2011

Empowered to Connect.

  As we are having a really, very terribly trauma induced day, it reminded me that I wanted to post about a conference that Brian and I are headed to in February.


  I have said this around 50 times before (my husband accuses me of exaggerating.  I say, I’m just really getting my point across.) but if you foster or have adopted I sincerely recommend the book The Connected Child, by Karyn Purvis.  It is so easy to read, gives some really helpful, applicable ideas, and gives a well rounded idea of why in the world your child is acting that way. 

You know what way I’m talking about.  The way that makes you think, am I just really losing my mind as a parent?  What in the world am I doing wrong?  How is it even possible for me to address this without escalating this out of this world???

It’s my go to book because I can read it without feeling like I need a medical dictionary and the DSM V on hand.





Karen Purvis and a couple (Amy and Michael Monroe) from Irving Bible Church teamed up and wrote a Bible study that goes along with The Connected Child called Created To Connect.  This is also very helpful.  It breaks down the info even more, and connects it to the worldview of a follower of Christ. 




This is all a part of an organization called Empowered to Connect.  (Confused yet?)  It is led by Karyn Purvis and Amy and Michael Monroe and is full of great resources for those parenting kids from hard places.


Empowered to Connect is having a conference in February at Irving Bible Church, co-sponsored by Show Hope (Stephen Curtis Chapman’s adoption foundation).  Here’s the description:


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 and become all that God desires for them to be.

The conference features Dr. Karyn Purvis together with Michael & Amy Monroe, and is ideal for adoptive and foster parents, those considering adoption or foster care and those who are serving and supporting others, including social workers, agency professionals, church staff and ministry leaders, counselors, therapists and others involved in adoption and foster care.

The next Empowered To Connect Conference will be on February 17-18, 2012, in Dallas, Texas at Irving Bible Church. Registration for the Dallas conference is now open! Visit for more details and to register online.


So, just wanted to put that out there.  We’re driving a long way to get there, but we are so looking forward to being poured into.  To be educated and supported in working with these kids.  I’m feeling so drained today from the behaviors, and I cannot wait!


  1. I am SO GLAD you posted this! I've been meaning to register for this conference since October and keep forgetting. Going to do that now!

  2. This excites me! We live close to that church and my parents just finished up a class led by Michael and Amy-such a great family! I know my parents will be at the conference in February, and I'm hoping to be there too!!

  3. I wish we lived closer because I could use this too after the day I have had. I will be picking up the book for sure. Some days it feels like we are drowning in attachment issues.

  4. I have read the book based on your recommendation. I guess you are leaving your kids with someone at home? It doesn't look like there is childcare at the conference. Would love to go, but I have no idea what we would do with the kids.

  5. Are you going to the Parenting in SPACE conference? It sounds right up your alley. I am very excited to be going, finally. Can't wait to meet Christine Moers in person and learn more about attachment-focused parenting of hurt kids. Thanks for the Purvis book recommmendation, I keep meaning to check it out.

  6. Jennifer - We are so lucky to have family that live in Dallas, so we are leaving the kids with them for while we are there!

    Brynaleh - I would LOVE to go to the Parenting in Space conference. We actually have family in Chicago too, so who knows!?!


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