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Practical Tools in Bringing Hope & Healing to Adoptive/Foster Families

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Listen to the audio recording of this presentation by Dr. Purvis at Summit IV (hosted by Christian Alliance for Orphans) in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. (Note: This file is large and may take a moment to download and begin playing.) audio recording of this presentation (mp3 file)

The Attachment Dance: How Abuse & Neglect Drive Attachment Problems

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Over 100 people joined Texans Care at the Texas Capitol on October 3rd to hear Dr. Karyn Purvis speak on The Attachment Dance: How Abuse and Neglect Drive Attachment Problems.

Opening the presentation, Dr. Purvis analyzed drawings that children had made of their families and pointed out indicators that a child either feels a part of a healthy family unit or disconnected from other household members. She then explained the attachment cycle and how it affects a child behaviorally and neurochemically when he or she expresses a need that is met or, conversely, when that need is not met. The impact of this cycle on a child’s behavior, self-regulation, and mental health were discussed, as well as the importance of touch and sensory stimulation in forming healthy attachment between a baby and caregiver.

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Beyond Talking to Empowering

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Many adoptive families understand the importance of talking with their children about adoption. As our children get older, however, it becomes increasingly important that we empower them to handle situations on their own and equip them to speak for themselves. This session at the 2008 Tapestry Adoption & Foster Care Conference focused on how to effectively communicate with your child and others about adoption and how to move beyond merely talking to empowering your child.

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