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Empowered to Connect – Houston

empowered to connect conference
We want to invite you to the Empowered to
Connect Conference, September 13 – 14, 2013 at Houston’s First Baptist
Church. This is a two-day conference equipping you as parents to bring
hope and healing to adopted and foster children.

What you will receive by attending the

  • You will better
    understand your child that has had trauma, neglect, abuse or abandonment in
    their life.
  • In-depth insight into
    research based strategies and biblical principles that have helped countless
    parents better understand connecting with their children.
  • Principles and
    practical strategies that you will be able to use immediately.
  • You will learn about
    how to provide healing for your child and for you as a parent.
  • Training hours for
    foster parents and prospective adoptive parents.
  • 10.5 CEC (Continuing
    Education Credit) for social work professionals.
  • The most affordable
    conference this year. See below.

Adoption and fostering can be a tremendous
blessing for us as parents, yet we also know that there are challenging times
that we deal with and we know how difficult and even painful it can be. Parenting has its challenges, it takes time, commitment and sacrifice to parent
our children and especially our children that come to us through adoption or
foster care. Yet we also know that there is tremendous hope and healing
when we are equipped and educated to care for our children and to parent them
in a way that brings deeper connections in our relationships.

That is why we are excited to bring you the
Empowered to Connect Conference this year. Two days filled with
tremendous resources for you as a parent that will absolutely change your life
and your relationships in your home. There is not a better conference
that will offer you and your spouse the tools needed to bring healing into
relationships and provide a biblical view of parenting that honors God.

Dr. Karyn Purvis will be the main presenter
for both days. Along with Karyn will be Michael & Amy Monroe and Dan
and Teri Coley.

Dr. Purvis is the director
of the TCU Institute of Child Development. She has devoted the past
decade to developing research-based interventions for adopted, foster and other
at-risk children. Dr. Purvis and her colleague Dr. David Cross,
co-authored The Connected Child: Bringing Hope and Healing to Your
Adoptive Family
. Dr. Purvis holds both a masters and doctorate
degrees in Developmental Psychology from TCU and is a former foster parent, a
mother of three boys and a grandmother of eight.

Michael & Amy are the proud
parents of 4 children, each welcomed into their family through adoption. Together they lead Tapestry, the adoption and foster care ministry at Irving
Bible Church. They have personally provided support and counsel to
countless couples and singles in the adoption and foster care journey. They co-authored, along with Dr. Karyn Purvis, Created to
Connect: A Christian’s Guide to The Connected Child.

Dan & Teri have 9 children
that have come to them biologically and through adoption. Their family is
multi-racial and includes children with special needs. They have served
as foster parents for more than 40 infants and birth mothers in the Franklin,
Tennessee area. It is their heart’s desire for every child to have a
family, but through personal experience they have come to know the importance
of understanding the challenges and needs of children from “hard places.â€

You will have the privilege of hearing from
each of these families and their journey of adoption and how important the
Empowered to Connect principles and strategies have been to their families and
countless others.

Take the time now to register for the conference
and take advantage of the Early Bird Discount and the Promotional
Code Discount
 that offers 50% off the Early Bird
Price. That’s right, you will be able to attend this conference as a
couple for $25 or as an individual for $17.50 by
taking advantage of the discounts being offered now. The Early Bird
Discount ends July 12 and for the first 500 that register you will receive the
50% Promotional Discount by entering the word â€œFOCUS†in the
Promotional Code on the Registration page.

For more information go to


Date: September 13 – 14, 2013

Location: Houston’s First
Baptist Church – 7401 Katy Freeway, Houston, Tx. 77024

Times: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
both days. 

Lunch: There will be a 1 ½
hour lunch break. Attendees are responsible for their lunch offsite.

Childcare: There is no
childcare for the conference. 

Quotes â€“

…â€absolutely necessary for parents, it should
just be required education..â€

…â€totally worth carving out the time…getting
the sitter at home, doing whatever you need to do to get here, to get the
encouragement and training and education.  It will make a huge difference
in your life at home…â€

…â€I was expecting adoption hype…and what I
got were tools in my tool bag…it’s been exactly what we needed…â€

We look forward to seeing each of you at the conference. 

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