Posted by: icmadoptionnetwork | January 25, 2013

The Connected Child

Do you enjoy reading?  If you do, (and even if you don’t), I highly recommend the book The Connected Child by Dr. Karyn Purvis, Ph.D.  Dr. Purvis is the Director of the Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University.  She is one of the leading experts on how to help children who have been adopted or are in foster care, have attachment issues, have special behavioral/emotional needs, etc.  She also heads up the Empowered to Connect conference that we blogged about on Wednesday. 

The Connected Child is truly a must-read for any adoptive or foster family.  When a family comes to us with a specific question on something they are going through with their newly adopted child, we frequently refer to The Connected Child for helpful information and ideas.  Some of the chapters include “Where Your Child Began,” “Solving the Puzzle of Difficult Behavior,” “Teaching Life Values,” “Dealing with Defiance,” and “Proactive Strategies to Make Life Easier.”

Here is what Greg and Tracey Fields, pastors and adoptive parents, said about Dr. Purvis and The Connected Child: “When we heard Dr. Purvis speak for the first time, we felt so overwhelmed with emotion.  I thought to myself, ‘Finally someone who understands what we have been going through.’  She described our daughter, whom she had never met, perfectly.  I thank God everyday for her insight, research, and commitment to helping families like ours.”

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of The Connected Child, here is a link to its page on Amazon:

I can’t express enough the importance of reading this book in order to help answer your questions, find hope and healing, and raise a happy, healthy child.  Hope you enjoy it!



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