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The Connected Parent: Real-Life Strategies for Building Trust and Attachment

There Is Hope for Every Child, Every Parent, and Every Family Parenting under the best of circumstances can be difficult. And raising children who have come to your home from “hard places,” who have their own set of unique needs, brings even more challenges. You may have discovered that the techniques that worked with your […]


Upcoming Conferences!

There are several great opportunities around the country this fall to learn and grow as both advocates for the fatherless and as adoptive & foster parent. Here are some of the excellent conferences available through CAFO member organizations in the upcoming months:   Empowered to Connect September 13-14 (Washington DC) Empowered To Connect, together with […]


Upcoming Conferences Dig Deep on Things that Matter

Two upcoming conferences promise deep substance on two topics of great import to the Christian orphan movement:  the theological wellsprings of Christian orphan care and connecting with children from hard places. The Together for Adoption conference in Atlanta, GA on September 14-15, 2012 will “take Christians deeper into God’s story of adoption to give hope […]


The Power of Loving Eyes

Earlier this summer, my friend Susan Hillis shared with me some reflections that she’d posted on her blog.  Susan had missed the talk that Karyn Purvis gave at Summit, but heard about it from a friend and began digging into the ideas that Dr. Purvis had shared.  Ultimately, she wrote, “I have never been so […]


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 […]