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Medicating Foster Youth

The San Jose Mercury News is running series of articles in a year-long investigative report titled, “Drugging Our Kids.” The series spotlights in gritty detail the way psychotropic drugs have become a primary tool for managing the behavior of children in foster care. Part II is “D’Anthony’s Story,” the deeply sobering account of one boy’s […]


Trust-Based Parenting: New Resource from Karyn Purvis

Helping families survive and thrive through the challenges that come with loving children from hard places stands as a central need in any adoption and foster care ministry.  A new DVD resource, Trust Based Parenting, by Dr. Karyn Purvis and her colleague Dr. David Cross, should prove invaluable to both church ministries and individual families […]


Focus on the Family Offers Scholarships to Counselors for TBRI Training

As we’ve often discussed on this blog, growing support for adoptive and foster families—both professional and church-based—is vital.  Alongside their new Help Line, Focus on the Family is putting significant effort into a key aspect of this need:  equipping licensed counselors to address the unique challenges faced within families that foster or adopt children from […]


Summit VII Recap: Torchbearers

Being with people whose hearts are lit up for Christ and the fatherless is amazing.  They glow with warmth and light.  So being with 1,500+ such people from 46 states and 7 countries in 1 place for 2+ intense days…well, it’s breathtaking. That was Summit VII. What’s most thrilling is to know that each individual […]


Empowered to Connect

As discussed previously, it’s my conviction that the single most pressing challenge facing the growing Christian foster care and adoption movement is the need for increased church support for families struggling with challenges of loving children from difficult places.  The best work being done on this front is led by our friends Dr. Karyn Purvis […]