A mother, grandmother, foster parent, pastor’s wife and developmental psychologist, Dr. Karyn Purvis was one of the most influential teachers for adoptive families and the co-founder of the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Purvis devoted her life to serving “children from hard places.”As the co-creator

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In this, our 3rd & 4th Adoption, I’ve definitely noticed some patterns.One in particular is the deafening silence from a few key people .Those whom you would just think… “surely, they are in my corner!””I would be in theirs if this scenario were flipped!””I can count on their friendship and support through this.” I am

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You are adopting a teen and have so many plans for their futures!  You see the amazing child that has been overlooked or dismissed and you want to be the one to help them shine!  After all, time is short before your child turns 18, right?  You have to hurry to get them “caught up”

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When we think of the advice given to us upon coming home from an adoption, I think being told to “cocoon” the new child is the most foreign advice for many.  It is misunderstood and it feels impossible. Cocooning is limiting caregivers and exposure to new places and people in an attempt to help a

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“Do you want me to be your mom, or just to take care of you? I don’t have to be your mom, you know. You don’t even have to call me mom.” In all my little girl dreams of being a mom, these statements were never even a whisper of a thought. I dreamt of

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More often than not, when we hear about adoptions of an older child we envision a well put together family seeking to provide love and a safe home to a child that is in desperate need of a new life.  We think of a family life that would live out in a “happily ever after”

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2020 has been full of many new challenges and pushed every family, business, and organization to find new ways to do their familiar activities.  Unfortunately, for international orphan hosting, it has been a year of many disappointments and struggles for caregivers across the globe. A bright “new” that has come from the change and hardship

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Adoption is a life-changing process and can be daunting when a family is just getting started.  We reached out to La Casa de la Madre y el Niño in Colombia for some information to help families inquiring about Colombian adoptions have a better whole-picture view and to help them see the process from start to

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It’s not uncommon for adoption to land in the news when it involves someone famous. Headlines usually give happy, cheerful one-sentence introductions like:“(Actress) adopts daughter from foster care” “(News anchor) adopts a baby” However, there are times when adoption makes news for another reason. In 2020, YouTube Influencer Myka Stauffer and her husband, James, made headlines

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