50% off resources to equip foster and adoptive families until April 15

© 2014 Rebecca Keller PhotographyDr. Karen Purvis at Texas Christian University is a leader in research and thought on early childhood trauma, especially for children who have been institutionalized, in foster care, or adopted. Her book The Connected Child and the associated Christian study guide from Empowered To Connect are considered gold standards for parenting children from hard places.

From now until April 15, all Karen Purvis’ video resources are 50% off. My church is buying an entire set of the DVDs to have in our church library to equip foster and adoptive parents, as the counsel in them is both research- and Bible-based for parenting children with early childhood trauma, neglect, or loss. I also know some churches who buy every foster and adoptive family their own Trust-Based Caregiving: A TBRI Pocket Guide, and I think that’s a wonderful idea.

Purvis_Connected Child_coverWe highly recommend these resources, for parents, Christian leaders, and church libraries. For parents, they can train you in a style of that is not only research based but also divergent at times from typical Christian parenting advice books. For Christian leaders, they can help you understand why and how adoptive and foster families might parent in a different way, taking into account their children’s trauma, so that you can better serve them. For church libraries, they can be readily available for those who need them, including grandparents, friends, and others who have adoptive or foster families in their lives.

To learn more about the DVDs and other resources, go here:

To buy (with discounted prices reflected until April 15), go here. For church libraries, we recommend the full set that’s $195 under #3 as well as the teen TBRI video under #4. For families, we recommend the Healing Families series, which includes all of #1 (sold as a group for $125 under #3), as well as the pocket guide under #4. If you can only get one DVD at this time, the Trust Based Parenting one is a good starting place. For church leaders, the TBRI Overview DVD that’s only $7.50 right now is a fantastic primer for you to understand how to support families and children in your congregation and community.

Please note, Key Ministry does not gain anything if you purchase these resources, and the links above are not affiliate links. We just want to pass along this info and this sale on amazing resources so your church and families can benefit.

For other resources that have proven useful for foster and adoptive families:

Every family is different, but these resources are highly regarded in the adoptive and foster community. On a personal note, I have found each helpful to me as the mother of six children, four of whom joined our family by adoption. I pray that they will be useful for your church and the family you serve.


2000x770 S DINGLE CHRCH4EVCHILD 2Check out Shannon Dingle’s blog series on adoption, disability and the church. In the series, Shannon looked at the four different kinds of special needs in adoptive and foster families and shared five ways churches can love their adoptive and foster families. Shannon’s series is a must-read for any church considering adoption or foster care initiatives. Shannon’s series is available here.

About Dr. G

Dr. Stephen Grcevich serves as President and Founder of Key Ministry, a non-profit organization providing free training, consultation, resources and support to help churches serve families of children with disabilities. Dr. Grcevich is a graduate of Northeastern Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), trained in General Psychiatry at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University. He is a faculty member in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at two medical schools, leads a group practice in suburban Cleveland (Family Center by the Falls), and continues to be involved in research evaluating the safety and effectiveness of medications prescribed to children for ADHD, anxiety and depression. He is a past recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Dr. Grcevich was recently recognized by Sharecare as one of the top ten online influencers in children’s mental health. His blog for Key Ministry, www.church4everychild.org was ranked fourth among the top 100 children's ministry blogs in 2015 by Ministry to Children.
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