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Empowered To Connect, together with Show Hope and The Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU, hosts the Empowered To Connect Conference — a two-day conference designed to help adoptive and foster parents, ministry leaders and professionals better understand how to connect with “children from hard places” in order to help them heal and become all that God desires for them to be.

The conference features Daren Jones, Amanda Purvis, Mark & Tona Ottinger, Sarah Mercado, Marti Smith, Cindy Lee, Dan & Terry Coley and 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, therapists and others.


Date & Time:

Friday & Saturday, April 5 & 6 from 10am-6pm


Community of Hope Church
208 W Jackson Street
Columbia City, IN 46701



Free! We are happy to provide this valuable resource to our community.


Viewing Guides:

A Viewing Guide is strongly recommended in order to better follow along with the information as well as to be able to review after the event. Viewing Guides will be available on site for a suggested donation of $4. All proceeds will go to a local charity.


What to Expect:

This is a simulcast of a live event taking place in Oswego, Illinois which means that we will be watching the speakers on a screen.

A light breakfast and snacks will be provided. Participants will be on their own for the lunch break.


How to Prepare in Advance:

The best way to prepare is to read The Connected Child by Karyn Purvis and David Cross. There will also be copies available for purchase at the conference. You should also prepare yourself for some heavy material that can be overwhelming to some. 


For more information about the conference:




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Please contact Community of Hope staff with questions or concerns:

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