Member Recommended Resources (Trauma Informed)

Website: (many short videos and great resources by Purvis and others)


The Connected Child by Purvis and Cross (Ch. 4 is online free at

Created to Connect: A Christian’s Guide to the Connected Child, by Purvis, Monroe, and Monroe  (free

The Whole Brain Child by Dan Siegel 

Anatomy of the Soul by Curt Thompson  (Helps reader understand attachment style and our own adult attachment style)

Nurturing Adoptions by Gray

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk M.D. (Very important book)

DVDs produced by the TCU Institute of Child Development (  Available to rent digitally through website. 

Ace (Adverse Childhood Events) Study:


Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children’s Behavioral Challenges by Mona Delahooke PhD (While this book wasn’t written specifically about children with FASD, we find it relevent to what we go through. You can also find a podcast series from Nate Sheets applying the information in this book to working with kids with FASD.)

The Connected Parent: Real-Life Strategies for Building Trust and Attachment by Lisa Qualls and Dr. Karyn Purvis

Attaching in Adoption by Gray

The Out of Sync Child by Kranowitz

Wounded Children, Healing Homes: How Traumatized Children Impact Adoptive and Foster Families by Jayne E Schooler, Betsy Keefer Smalley, Timothy J. Callahan (Excellent chapter for parents in the process about expectations.)

Parenting is Your Highest Calling: And Eight Other Myths That Trap Us in Worry and Guilt, by Leslie Leyland Fields  (not adoption specific, but EXCELLENT for remembering what matters.  This is a Christian book.)

Reframing Foster Care: Filtering Your Foster Parenting Journey Through the Lens of the Gospel by Jason Johnson

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew by Sherrie Eldridge (Exellent Resource for understanding adoption grief through our children’s eyes.)

I Love You Rituals by Becky A. Bailey, PHD  (Great ideas to promote attachment with young children.)

LifeBooks: Creating a Treasure for the Adopted Child by Beth O’Malley, M.ED. (Self-published book by an adoptee to help you get started on your child’s life book. A life book is a helpful healing tool. Another book to help you on this journey is: Telling the Truth to your Adopted or Foster Child: Making Sense of the Past by by Betsy Keefer Smalley and Jayne E. Schooler.)

Ready or Not: 20-Day Discovery For Families Growing Through Foster Care and Adoption by Pam Parish  (SO SO SO GOOD!!!! This is a devotional.)

What is a Girth Worth? By Rachael DenHollander (for parents raising a child who was sexually abused.  Written by a victim of abuse to help victims know they are worth justice and friends and family to understand.)

Bible Study for older adoptees:  Under His Wings workbook  … healing truth for adoptees of all ages by Sherrie Eldridge and Beth Willis Miller

1-hour overview of TBRI

TBRI 101 – A Self-Guided Course in Trust-Based Relationships.  


The Empowered to Connect Conference is a conference that is usually broadcast at local churches every year in the Spring.  This Conference explores and presents Trust-Based Parenting with the Empowering, Connecting, and Correcting Principles that are research based from the Karyn Purvis Center for Child Development at TCU.  More information including locations in your area can be found here:

CAFO Summit is the ultimate parent, ministry leader, church resource conference.  From the website:  “A community of kindred hearts gather from across America and around the world.  Parents and pastors, experts and organizations, leaders and servants who come eager to both share and receive – expertise and encouragement, resources and friendship.  All are passionate to see children thrive in adoption, foster care and effective service to the vulnerable worldwide.  Together we seek justice and mercy, rooted deep in the Gospel of God’s unfailing love.  And there is a place for you!”

Tapestry Conference is a local conference held in Fort Worth Texas.  Speakers include professionals and parents who actively work in the trenches with children from hard places.  Many of the same speakers from The Empowered to Connect Conference speak at this conference, but this conference covers more topics with breakout sessions.  This is a great conference for families who have already attended the ETC conference or who desire an in person experience.  More Information can be found on the Tapestry Ministry Website:

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