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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As #SaveOurChildren trends in social media and we increase awareness of child trafficking around the globe, many are left asking, “What can I do to help?” Three primary ways you can help prevent trafficking as well as being part of freeing children from captivity are:Foster or AdoptMentor children or teensVolunteer with trafficking organizations Fostering and

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So you’re curious about getting involved in Foster Care, but not sure you and your family are ready to commit to full-time Fostering?  Respite care is a wonderful way to test the waters and can be a HUGE help to both the Foster Parents and Foster Kids in your community!Respite Care is being available to

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Our story may be a side and perspective though that rubs some people the wrong way as we don’t believe that “love heals everything”. It doesn’t… but it is a great place to start. If your family has to look and act a certain way and be ties up in a nice bow… hosting and

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Two and a half years ago, Valik was adopted by a family who never gave up on him. No matter how much he resisted, pushed them away, and tried to scare them off, they still loved him. He recently wrote a paper for school about being hosted and then adopted, and it is very eye-opening

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In the last 10 years, there have been approximately 750 Latvian children adopted by families in the United States.  (U.S. State Department)  One of these is my own daughter.  She’s more than just a number, though.  She’s a sister, a daughter, a friend.  She is smart and funny and kind.  She is pursuing higher education

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As we gear up to celebrate the 4th of July in America and are in full swing of our summer vacation, my heart is burdened for the many children around the world whose lives look very different from many of ours.  I am particularly raw when I think about the children I have met and

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I am a night owl.  Every night I am up late catching up on computer work and soaking in the quiet time that it affords me.  As I sat on my couch in Southeast Iowa in the Spring of 2013, I stumbled upon a picture of a boy with a hosting group.  His description said,

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Cecil Stokes had a good life. He founded Tentmakers Entertainment in 1999, is an executive producer, writer, producer, director and has worked on over 500 cable television shows. Winner of multiple awards for his television programming, he has also directed and produced commercial spots for well-known corporations. Cecil’s most acclaimed works are his films A Man

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Our house used to be neat, orderly and oh-so-blissfully quiet.Now it is loud, chaotic and just a little bit smelly at times. That’s because, a little over a year ago, we adopted Ginters, an 8-year-old boy from Latvia whom we first met while hosting through Project 143 in the summer of 2017. I flew alone

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