Adoption & Foster Care
Irving Bible Church | Irving, Texas
Back to Basics
The 2015 Tapestry Adoption & Foster Care Conference will be held October 23 & 24 at Irving Bible Church. This year’s theme is Back to Basics and we are excited to once again welcome Dr. Karyn Purvis to the Tapestry Conference.
We will offer three workshops on Friday, October 23; and Saturday, October 24, will consist of nine breakout sessions and two general sessions.
Dr. Karyn Purvis
Dr. Purvis is the founder and Rees-Jones Director of the TCU Institute of Child Development and a passionate advocate for “children from hard places.” She is the co-author of the best-selling book, The Connected Child, a former foster parent, a mother of three sons, and a grandmother of nine, two of whom are adopted. Her life’s passion is to empower children to overcome trauma so they may thrive and reach their fullest potential in life. Tapestry has a long standing relationship with Dr. Purvis and we are thrilled that she will be with us in October.
Dr. Karyn Purvis
Dr. Karyn Purvis is the founder and Rees-Jones Director of the TCU Institute of Child Development and a passionate advocate for “children from hard places.”
Dr. Purvis coined the phrase to describe children with histories of trauma, abuse and neglect. A noted author, scholar and popular speaker, Dr. Purvis holds a PhD in developmental psychology from Texas Christian University. She and her mentor and colleague, Dr. David Cross, currently lead the Institute in its triple mission of research, education and outreach on behalf of at-risk children.
Drs. Purvis and Cross co-authored “The Connected Child: Bringing Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family” to help adoptive parents understand the needs of children from hard places. Within six months of publication, The Connected Child ranked as an Amazon bestseller among adoption books.
In 1999, Dr. Purvis launched The Hope Connection®, a summer camp that serves as a research and training lab for adopted children and their parents and students. Out of that experience and years of research, Drs. Purvis and Cross developed Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) ®, a step-by-step intervention designed to bring deep healing to at-risk children and their struggling families.
Dr. Purvis and her work have been cited in Newsweek, KERA Radio, Parents Magazine, Dateline NBC, Fort Worth Weekly, TCU Magazine and various newspaper articles, blogs and webinars.
She has served as an expert witness in court cases of child abuse. She has testified to the Texas Legislature as an advocate for harmed children. Texas Gov. Rick Perry appointed her to chair the state committee that set licensing standards for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
Dr. Purvis has trained judicial and court personnel throughout Texas, and caseworkers and staff at Child Protective Services in Texas, along with caregivers at orphanages in Romania, Rwanda and Ethiopia. Her lectures and trainings with parents and professionals have taken her throughout the US, Australia, and Europe.
Honors include: T. Berry Brazelton MD Infant Mental Health Advocacy Award; Heroes of Healthcare Award, Families Supporting Adoption Hall of Fame Award, the James Hammerstein Award, and the Judge Scott Moore Award. The National Council for Adoption named Dr. Purvis a Distinguished Fellow in Adoption and Child Development.
Dr. Purvis is a former foster mother, a mother of three sons, and a grandmother of nine, two of whom are adopted. Her life’s passion is to empower children to overcome trauma so they may thrive and reach their fullest potential in life.
9:00am - 4:00pm
Tapestry Adoption & Foster Care Ministry
The focus at Tapestry is primarily three fold: to connect, encourage and equip. Tapestry provides a loving, supportive and authentic community that encourages families along their adoption journey. It has been our experience that communities such as ours are a unique resource at each stage of the adoption or foster journey, and are particularly valuable to families during the difficult times. For those families we offer our prayers, our love and support, our friendship and the collective wisdom and insight of those who have successfully navigated similar paths.