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Pre+Post Adoption Resources

The adoption journey doesn't end on the day a child is welcomed home.

In many ways, it is just beginning. These recommended resources are meant to equip you to help your children heal and thrive.

The Connected Child

The Connected Child

The Connected Child, co-authored by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross, has helped countless adoptive and foster parents better connect with their children as they seek to love and care for them in a way that honors God.

Created to Connect

Created to Connect

Created to Connect: A Christian’s Guide to The Connected Child, was created by Dr. Karyn Purvis, along with Michael and Amy Monroe, to help illuminate the biblical principles that serve as the foundation for the philosophy and interventions detailed in Dr. Purvis’ book.

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The Connected Parent

The Connected Parent: Real-Life Strategies for Building Trust and Attachment, by renowned child-development expert Dr. Karyn Purvis, gives you practical advice and powerful tools you can use to encourage secure attachment in your family. Coauthor Lisa Qualls demonstrates how you can successfully implement these strategies in your home, just as she did in hers.

Healing Families DVD Series

Healing Families DVD Series

The Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development has put together a number of video resources to teach the principles of Trust-Based Relational Intervention®. The Healing Families DVDs are especially helpful for those parenting children impacted by adoption or foster care.

The Whole Brain Child

The Whole Brain Child

The Whole Brain Child, by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson, provides 12 strategies to promote healthy brain development and help integrate our children’s right brain (emotional) and left brain (logic). It teaches parents how to connect with their children when emotions are high and then practice with their children a different, healthier way to process those difficult feelings.

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Cindy Lee Nugget Videos

These helpful, short videos by Cindy Lee—Executive Director of the HALO Project—contain practical tips about how to incorporate Trust-Based Relational InterventionⓇ (TBRIⓇ) into your daily life. Topics include things like transition, sleep, lying, and attachment.

These are only a few of the many amazing resources available.

Below is a larger list of material to help equip you and your children as you journey together.

Trauma Informed Sensory Resources

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

Parenting from the Inside Out by Daniel J. Siegel and Mary Hartzell

Parenting Is Your Highest Calling: And Eight Other Myths That Trap Us In Worry and Guilt by Leslie Leyland Fields

Yes Day! By Amy Krouse Rosenthal

No Drama Discipline by Dr. Daniel Siegel

The Wounded Heart and Healing the Wounded Heart by Dan Allendar

Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain by Daniel J. Siegel

I Love You Rituals by Becky A. Bailey

Attachments: Why You Love, Feel, and Act the Way You Do by Dr. Tim Clinton and Dr. Gary Sibcy

Your Fantastic Elastic Brain by JoAnn Deak, Ph.D.

Anatomy of the Soul, authored by Dr. Curt Thompson.

Before you were Mine: Discovering your Adopted Child’s Life Story

God are You Nice or Mean? by Debra Jones

Children's Books

The Redo Roo by Cindy Lee

It’s Tough to be Gentle by Cindy Lee

The Elephant with Small Ears by Cindy Lee

A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza

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