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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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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When we bring a child into our home that has come from hard places, we have to evaluate and adjust our existing beliefs regarding children and parenting.  Whether they are in our home for a short time through hosting or foster care, an extended time, or if they are permanently there through adoption, these children

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