Adoption & Post-Adoption Resources

  • Texas Christian University's Institute of Child Development strives to help children suffering from the effects of early trauma, abuse and/or neglect. They conduct research to deepen understanding of the complex needs of these children and how to help them overcome social, behavioral, and emotional challenges. Through various outreach initiatives, they train professionals in Trust-Based Relational Intervention®, a research-based, holistic model developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross. They are not a service provider and do not provide clinical services of any kind.
  • The Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.), based in Maryland, provides specialized clinical services; parent and professional training and education; adoption advocacy at the community, national, and international levels; participating in groundbreaking adoption research; fundraising; and the development and production of print and electronic resources to aid adopted children, families, and the professionals who support them.
  • Michelle Rigg is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s degree in social work. She is a Registered Play Therapist and trained as a TBRI© practitioner and in Theraplay©. Michelle has over 25 years of direct practice and administrative experience working with birth families, foster/adoptive families, and children in domestic and international adoption. In addition to serving as a Home Study Coordinator with America World Adoption since 2015, she is in private practice as a child and family therapist in Dallas, Texas. With a special interest in interpersonal neurobiology, she works with families parenting children from birth to 12 years of age, using trauma-informed, attachment-focused, play-based interventions. She can be reached at Michelle is also associated with a group of adoption competent professionals who provide a variety of services, and you can find more information at their website: .
  • Empowered to Connect is an organization based on the work of Karyn Purvis which provides training for families as well as an online library of articles, audio and video presentations covering a wide variety of topics for adoptive and foster parents as well as ministry leaders and professionals
  • Adoption Learning Partners offers meaningful, timely, web-based educational adoption resources for professionals, parents, adopted individuals, and the families that love them.
  • How to Support Birth Mothers Throughout an Adoption is an article provided by Baylor University's MSW program with insight into how why a birth mother chooses adoption for her child & the emotional responses they experience.
  • Heart of the Matter provides online coursework for adoptive parents and the professionals that serve them.
  • HALO Project (Healing, Attachment, Loving, Outreach) is a 10-week intensive outpatient intervention designed to meet the unique and diverse needs of children in foster care, children that have been adopted or children that exhibit difficulty in the area of attachment.  HALO Project relies heavily on the Trust-Based Relational Intervention model created by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross at the TCU Institute of Child Development.