Empowered to Connect

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Join Us at the ETC Conference in Washington D.C.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Early bird pricing is still available for the Washington D.C. area Empowered To Connect Conference, hosted by Show Hope and featuring Dr. Karyn Purvis. Register today to attend this two-day conference for an incredibly low price!

The Washington D.C. area ETC Conference will be held on Friday & Saturday, September 12-13, at Reston Bible Church in Reston, Virginia.

Support ETC Today!


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Over the past five years Empowered To Connect has been blessed to serve those who are traveling the adoption and foster care journey. In this past year alone, we held three Empowered To Connect Conferences and were able to teach thousands of parents and professionals.  In addition, we trained hundreds of parents through our Empowered To Connect Parent Training, equipped 45 couples (from 40 different churches) as parent trainers, continued to produce new resources and materials, and laid the groundwork for new and much needed resources in 2014. And that’s where you come in — we need your support to help us do more!

Register for the Houston ETC Conference Today!


Friday, June 28, 2013

Early bird pricing is still available for the Houston Empowered To Connect Conference, hosted by Show Hope and featuring Dr. Karyn Purvis. Register today to attend this two-day conference for an incredibly low price!

The Houston ETC Conference will be held on Friday & Saturday, September 13-14, at Houston’s First Baptist Church.

Register for the Orlando ETC Conference


Friday, January 4, 2013

Early bird pricing has been extended for the Orlando Empowered To Connect Conference, hosted by Show Hope and featuring Dr. Karyn Purvis. Register today to attend this two-day conference for an incredibly low price!

The Orlando ETC Conference will be held on Friday & Saturday, February 15-16, at First Baptist Church in Orlando, Florida.

Registration for the Orlando conference is open so register today!

We Need Your Support


Friday, December 21, 2012

We at Empowered To Connect have recently been presented with a special opportunity that could make a huge difference in our ability to continue serving adoptive and foster families in 2013. We have been approached by a generous individual who is offering to match all donations received between now and the end of the year. In other words, give to Empowered To Connect now and your gift — no matter how big or small — will be matched (up to a total of $10,000). That means your gift of $25 becomes $50, $100 becomes $200, and so on.

We hope you’ll consider helping us take advantage of this matching opportunity.

ETC Resources on Sale


Monday, December 3, 2012

We are doing a special sale for the month of December!

All online orders of $25 or more from the ETC online store are 20% off for the month of December. Use code: Christmas2012 at checkout.

Visit www.etcstore.org to find helpful resources for adoptive and foster families – including the Created To Connect Study Guide and the DVD — What Every Adoptive Parent Should Know. The discount also applies to Tapestry store, including DVDs and CDs from past Tapestry conferences, Tapestry t-shirts and more.

The Whole-Brain Child


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Whole Brain Child, by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., offers twelve revolutionary strategies to nurture your child’s developing mind. It is an excellent resource to help parents understand how a child’s brain develops and functions, and how they can help their child learn how to handle and respond to different experiences and challenges. The message of the book is that families — both children and parents alike — aren’t stuck in their current circumstances. Parents have the ability to change these circumstances by changing the way they respond and relate, and as they do this they can literally help to change their child’s brain (and their own) in the process.

Many adoptive and foster parents have found The Whole-Brain Child to be an incredibly helpful and relevant resource as they parent children from hard places. As important, they have found that the insight this book offers and the strategies it suggests are wholly consistent with the parenting approach and strategies taught by Dr. Karyn Purvis, and highlighted on Empowered To Connect.

New DVD — Attachment: Why It Matters


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Dr. Karyn Purvis and the Institute of Child Development have released their latest DVD entitled Attachment: Why It Matters.

This new DVD explores the critical role of attachment in a child’s development. In this 2-disk set, adoptive parents share their struggles and successes in pursuit of answers to the all-important questions about attachment. In addition, experts (such as Dr. Karyn Purvis, Dr. David Cross, and Dr. Dan Siegel) share fascinating and encouraging research, particularly in the field of neuroscience, that reveals how secure attachments can help counter the effects of early trauma.

Keys to an Effective Time-In With Your Child


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Time-in (as opposed to time-out) is an important strategy to help parents learn to “connect while correcting” with their children.

When using the time-in strategy it’s critical to remember that time-in is not intended to punish your child. Instead, time-in is designed to help your child calm and regulate so that he can express his needs (or wants) appropriately. Also, be sure not to jump the gun and resort to time-in when another, lower level strategy (such as playful engagement or choices) might address the behavior more effectively.

But there are times when a time-in is precisely the strategy that is called for. So here are eight keys to help you implement an effective time-in with your child.

Best Price for ETC Conference in Nashville Ends Soon


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Empowered To Connect, together with Show Hope, hosts the Empowered To Connect Conference — a two-day conference designed to help adoptive and foster parents, ministry leaders and professionals 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.

The next Empowered To Connect Conference will be on September 14-15, Nashville, Tennessee at Brentwood Baptist Church. Registration for the Nashville conference is now open! In fact, the “early bird” rate of only $35 per individual or $50 per couple is still available through July 15!

To register or for more details visit www.etcconference.org.