David & Jayne Schooler
Dr. David and Jayne Schooler began the journey into the world of foster care and adoption in 1978, with a simple question by a youth in their church. “Would you become my foster parents?” They answered yes and that changed the direction of their lives.
David has served in the pastoral and counseling ministry for over 40 years. Much of his current focus is on working with adults who have a lifetime impact of early childhood trauma. Both David and Jayne are recognized nationally and internationally as speakers/trainers in the field of trauma, adoption and foster care, and emotionally healthy spirituality. They are the primary authors of Back2Back Ministries, Trauma Competent Caregiving nine module training curriculum, which has been translated into 7 languages and has reached over 58 countries.
Jayne is the author/co-author of eight books in the field of child welfare including Wounded Children, Healing Homes: How Traumatized Children Impact Adoptive and Foster Parents and Parenting in Transracial Adoption. Serving now full time with Back2Back Ministries their international work takes them regularly to India, Nigeria, Mexico, and Haiti. David and Jayne are parents by birth and adoption and grandparents of four.
When should a child be told he is adopted? How much of his past should I tell him? What about the really hard stuff, does he really need to know? These questions and more will be answered in this interactive workshop on talking to your child about his past. It is grounded in a simple biblical phrase: The truth shall make you free
Ryan North and his wife Kayla have 6 children, 4 who were adopted from foster care. They spent 10 years as foster parents and have learned many of the things they share with families and churches in the trenches. During their time they as foster parents, they had 30 placements; some short-term, some long-term, and some permanent.
Ryan is the co-founder and CEO of One Big Happy Home and is considered an expert on childhood trauma and its impacts on adults and children. He serves as the President of Tapestry, a non-profit that supports and equips local churches and families with the tools and resources to wrap around and bring hope and healing to adoptive and foster parents, children, and their families. He is the former Executive Director of Empowered to Connect, and as Lead Trainers for Empowered to Connect, the Norths have trained close to 100 Empowered to Connect Parent Training Couples in North America.
One Big Happy Home exists to equip and support churches and families so that they can create environments where children feel safe, secure, and loved. The Norths have developed training for churches, schools, and parents educating them on trauma, its impacts, and how it informs behavior. They believe that empathy and compassion are foundational to reaching hurting people and have spent years helping people think differently about the at-risk population of children.
You can hear him on The Empowered Parent Podcast and read his writing on Empowered to Connect, the Today Show Parenting team, and at One Big Happy Home.
The North’s live in Dallas, TX with their 6 children and 2 dogs, Snowcone and Elvis.
Cindy is the co-founder and Executive Director of HALO Project. HALO (Healing, Attachment, Loving Outreach) Project is a 10-week intensive intervention program for foster and adoptive families in need. HALO collaborates with occupational therapists, mental health clinicians, psychologists, speech pathologists and medical professionals to meet the diverse needs of this population. HALO Project is committed to gathering research data to contribute to the body of evidence that supports best practices on trauma informed care.
In an effort to better serve families struggling with attachment issues, Cindy completed the TCU Institute of Child Development’s professional training program of the Trust-Based Relational Intervention Model (TBRI ®) developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross. Since her completion of the TBRI ® training, Cindy has conducted numerous trainings to clinicians as well as foster parent groups and has been invited to assist the Institute of Child Development as a mentor at their week long trainings. In addition, Cindy created the HALO Project, which is based on TBRI®. More information about HALO Project can be found at www.haloprojectokc.org.
In collaboration with Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross, Cindy has published a series of children books based upon the valuable lessons on TBRI ®, including Baby Owl Lost Her Whoo and It’s Tough to Be Gentle: A Dragon’s Tale, The Redo Roo, The Penguin and the Fine Looking Fish, and Doggie Doesn’t Know No. These books are sold on Amazon.com and the proceeds are donated to HALO Project and the Institute of Child Development.
In addition to being trained in TBRI®, Cindy has received specialty training in the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Seeking Safety, Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Theraplay® (including the Marschak Interaction Method (MIM), and Circle of Security™. Cindy has experience treating a wide variety of issues including child abuse and neglect, trauma, anxiety, eating disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder and Addiction.
Cindy graduated with honors from Arizona State University with her Master’s in Social Work in 1999. Cindy is licensed by the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers as well as the Oklahoma Board of Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors.
Paul & Diane Anderson
Paul and Diane began their adoption journey in 2001 when they brought Alex home from St. Petersburg, Russia at the age of 21 months. In 2007, they added to their family by adopting their daughter Mandy from Guatemala at the age of 7 months. Paul and Diane have a passion for encouraging, teaching and supporting adoptive and foster parents in the challenging journey that they face. They are Empowered to Connect Parent Trainers and are a part of the Tapestry teaching team.
Speaking nationwide at conferences, support groups, culture camps, churches, schools, and beyond, social worker Tara VanderWoude educates and challenges parents and professionals on various adoption and race-related topics. She has experienced and studied the many complexities of adoption and has had countless conversations with other adoption-competent professionals but more importantly with fellow adopted persons and their families. Tara, a Korean-born adopted person and adoptive parent, is able to look beyond her own experiences, and teaches with expertise and reality balanced with humor and grace.
For several years, Tara worked as a social worker at a large adoption agency, educating and guiding families throughout the preparation phase to post-adoption period of their adoption processes. It was during these years when she recognized the significant need for lifelong post-adoption education and ongoing support for every member of the adoption community.
Additionally, she sits on the Board of Directors for Korean Focus-Indiana, is a founding member of a local adoption education group, has traveled to South Korea as a volunteer with The Ties Program, and regularly volunteers time with adopted children and their families.
Prior to her professional work in the adoption field, Tara worked as a Medical Social Worker, in-home Family Assessment and Resource Specialist for parents at-risk for child abuse and neglect, and Care Manager Supervisor at a multi-county Area Agency on Aging. Tara holds a Bachelor of Social Work Degree and has attended many professional adoption (and other) conferences and seminars.
Tara lives with her husband and children in an old rehabbed house in a large Midwest city, and she (usually) loves balancing the various roles life brings. She believes vulnerability, humor, and grace are lifelong essentials, and she enjoys laughing with friends, reading with her children, traveling, substitute teaching and volunteering at her kids’ school, and learning, learning, and relearning.
Kristin Mathis, OTR, and her husband Chris are parents to five amazing kiddos ages 4 -16 (domestic adoption, international toddler adoption, and foster care adoption). Kristin’s background is in child development with a masters degree in occupational therapy. She has worked for ECI and is currently doing home health. Kristin completed professional training in TBRI (Practicioner and Educator) at TCU and her passion for foster and adopted children leads her to find practical ways to encourage health and healing for these wonderful families. She loves brain research, iced tea, and Mexican food. Her days are full of re-dos (mainly for her), problem-solving and laundry (NOT in that order)
Bringing a child into the adoptive or foster home impacts not only the parents but the biological and other permanent children as well. Due to the stress and challenges of integrating a child into the family, the needs of the biological children can be inadvertently overlooked. This workshop address five major impacts parents need to know about when adding children to their family. It will offer strategies to help families meet the emotional needs of all within the home.
Sensory Differences are a significant issue for most of our kids. Many are hypersensitive, many are seekers, a lot are under-responsive and some are all of the above. Come join us for a quick overview of Sensory Processing and how it can be seen in you and your children. We’ll talk about it, compare with others and have a “hands on lab” to really help us understand the struggle for many of our kids. You’ll also have the opportunity to experience some practical solutions and leave with new resources to help your children thrive.
Chris Turner is the host of Tapestry’s Empowered to Connect podcast. He and his wife, Kelly, have three boys, two of whom are adopted. Chris and Kelly are Empowered to Connect Parent Trainers, and Chris has traveled to Rwanda, the homeland of one of their sons, to work with orphans there using TBRI methods. He loves all things Star Wars, especially Boba Fett, and has successfully immersed his boys in the franchise.