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A Wayfarer is a person who is traveling, a particular place, a circumstance, a stage of life, etc. Let's walk the road of adoption together. The journey is so much better with company!
Much of this information is useful for any adoption, but this blog is designed to be a
I hope this blog will be helpful to you in your adoption whether you are considering, waiting or home. I started this blog when we were adopting and found there was next to nothing on the web in any orderly manner. I set about to collect information for myself and then for others. Now, there are more sites for resources, but still not much that brings it all together. I hope this blog will serve as a sort of clearing house for Ethiopian Adoption Information. Please feel free to contribute your knowledge through commenting.
You can search by topic in three ways. 1. Go to the "key word" tabs on top and open pages of links in those topics. 2. Use the "labels list" in the side bar or 3. use the "search bar" above the labels list. You can also browse the blog by month and year in the Posts section or in any of the above as well. The sidebar links are to sites outside of this blog. While I feel they provide good information, I can not vouch for each site with an approval rating. Use your own discernment for each. If you have more to add to the topic, please add it in the comment section of that page or post.
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Welcome to the journey!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Empowered to Connect conference in Denver!!!!!!!!

Empowered to Connect Conference 
in Denver Colorado April 8, 9 2011
Bear Valley Church. 

Empowered To Connect, together with Show Hope, will host the next
Empowered To Connect Conference in Denver, Colorado on April 8-9, 2011.
Online registration for the conference is now open.
The Empowered To Connect Conference is a two-day conference for
adoptive and foster parents, ministry leaders and professionals designed
to help them better understand how to connect with children from hard
places in order to help them heal and become all that God desires for
them to be. Led by Dr. Karyn Purvis (Director of the TCU Institute of Child 
Development ), together with Michael & Amy Monroe (Leaders of
Tapestry Adoption & Foster Care Ministry), this conference is ideal
for adoptive and foster parents, those considering adoption or foster care
and those who are serving and supporting others, including social workers,
agency professionals, church staff and ministry leaders, counselors,
therapists and others involved in adoption and foster care ministries or
Conference sessions will be held from 9 am until 5 pm on both days. Light
refreshments will be provided during breaks throughout the event, with "on
your own" lunch breaks scheduled from 12:00 to 1:30pm. All participants are
highly encouraged to attend sessions on both days. Professionals may be
eligible to receive CEU credit for their participation.
Visit for more details and to register online. Early-
bird registration runs until March 1, with a cost of only $35 for individuals
and $50 for couples -- and this covers both days! There is also a conference 
In Nashville. See site for details.
We look forward to seeing you in Denver on April 8-9 for the Empowered To
Connect Conference!
Empowering, Connecting & Correcting Principles DVD resource
The Institute of Child Development at TCU has created a nearly two-hour
presentation available on DVD in which Dr. Karyn Purvis explains her
research-based approach with children who come from what she calls
“hard places.” This DVD offers a very helpful overview of the three principles
that serve as the foundation of Dr. Purvis’ approach to help parents better
understand how to connect with their children in order to help them heal
and reach their highest potential.
In this presentation, Dr. Purvis explains how harm during the critical stages
of brain growth can cause significant disruptions in a child’s development
and behaviors, and offers strategies to overcome these challenges. This
insightful and educational presentation is designed for parents, ministry
leaders and adoption and foster care professionals alike.
You can order the DVD online from the Institute of Child Development for
a price of $30 (plus shipping). To view a preview of the DVD, click here.

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