The Empowered to Connect Conference features practical teaching in a safe and supportive community as we work to equip families, churches, and professionals to better serve children impacted by adoption and foster care. It features Trust-Based Relational Intervention​(TBRI​) methods developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross from the ​Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KPICD) at TCU, to help bring attachment and connection in families. The content is ideal for adoptive and foster parents, those considering adoption or foster care, and those who are serving and supporting others, including social workers, agency professionals, church staff and ministry leaders, counselors, and therapists.

The FREE two-day conference will be simulcast live on

Friday, April 5 (9a-5p) and Saturday, April 6 (9a-5p)

in the Main Auditorium at Newbury Park First Christian Church

Childcare is provided!


*We are partnering with Reunion Church to host the event, you will register through them

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​I am an educator, pastor, and grandparent. This training is perfect for all areas of ministry and family life! This is the fourth year I have hosted here for my families here in Canada. I love it and am hoping for cultural shift. ​

—Pastor in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

“​The conference gets better each year, and we learn new things each year as our son gets older!” ​

— ​Adoptive and Foster Parent in Newnan, GA

“We came tired and overwhelmed. Feeling defeated and there was no hope. While we know there is work to be done and it begins in our hearts and minds first, we left with hope and expectancy that God is going to transform us, our kids, and our home as we walk in diligence daily.” ​

—Adoptive and Foster Parent in Snohomish, WA