Empowered to Connect

Empowered to Connect

“I have never experienced a richer conference as Empowered to Connect hosted by New Life Adoptions. It was transformational both personally and professionally.” – Adoptive Mother and Educator

“We found that the Trust-Based Relational Intervention method that they talked about could apply to many different relationships in life, as there are so many people of all ages who have experienced trauma.” – Prospective Adoptive Couple

Here at New Life Adoptions, we are thrilled to again host a simulcast of the Empowered to Connect Conference offered through Show Hope on Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6, 2019. This conference contains faith-based material that is important for not only adoptive or foster parents but professionals and churches as well. We believe in the powerful impact of what the presenters will teach parents and professionals about the use of Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) when caring for children.

The Empowered to Connect conference is based on the Trust-Based Relational Intervention methods developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Gross form the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child development. These methods are also covered in their book, The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to your Adoptive Family by Dr. Karyn Purvis, Dr. David Cross, and Wendy Lyons Sunshine.

This conference offers practical tools and information for adoptive families throughout their adoption and parenting journey. The information is applicable to all adoptive parents regardless of whether a family adopted older children from foster care or through international adoption, or adopted their children as infants through domestic adoption. Continue reading to hear what people who have attended this conference before have to say.

Just Considering Adoption

“Before we started the adoption process, we attended the Empowered to Connect Conference. We gained valuable insight and knowledge on many topics, including how to foster healthy connections with children, specifically those who have experienced some kind of trauma. We found that the Trust-Based Relational Intervention method that they talked about could apply to many different relationships in life, as there are so many people of all ages who have experienced trauma. Children especially need loving care after going through hardship, and so it was thought-provoking and helpful to dwell on ways we could help a child from a difficult situation and to assist in their healing process. Compassion and faithfulness to a child go a long way.”

Adoption Professional

“Since I first heard about this information, I, as an adoption social worker, have incorporated parts of it into the education given to the adoptive families I work with. We understand that all children, but especially those whom are adopted, need caregivers who want to develop a relationship with them based on trust. This can be done through the main points of empowering, connecting, and correcting which are explained throughout this two-day seminar. Attenders will come away with many ideas and techniques that will truly ‘empower’ them in their relationships with the children in their lives.”

Adoptive Parent and Educator

“In my 14 years of being a public school teacher in an award-winning school district and in my last 6 years of being an at-home, adoptive Mother of an amazing boy, I can say, unequivocally, that I have never experienced a richer conference as Empowered to Connect hosted by New Life Adoptions. It was transformational both personally and professionally. I was compelled to share what I learned with others. Looking through the lens of Trust-Based Relational Intervention has helped me so much in navigating my relationships and interactions with others in general. It is beyond applicable to every relationship, especially the adult-child one; empowering, connecting, and correcting. I look forward to experiencing the conference again this year and recommend it to all! You will not walk away disappointed, but will be transformed in some way.”

To learn more about the Empowered to Connect conference check out the Show Hope website.

To get an overview of what TBRI is watch this short video.

If this conference piques your interest, please contact Rebecca at rebecca@newlifeadoptionsmn.org or 612.746.5658 to register. CEU credits are available to professionals for an additional cost.