Hope Connection 2.0


Hope Connection 2.0 and COVID-19

With COVID-19 community transmission continuing in the United States and globally, TCU has currently suspended all on-campus activities. As a result, The Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development is unable to host Hope Connection 2.0 for Fall 2020. We will update this page with information about future sessions as it becomes available and will also post all Hope Connection 2.0 updates to our social media channels.

Please read all of the information on this page before applying. 

Hope Connection 2.0 is a therapeutic weekend camp for vulnerable children and their families. Derived from The Hope Connection, the original TBRI summer camp created by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross in the late 1990’s, Hope Connection 2.0 is designed to meet the needs of the entire family, from parents, to adopted children, to adoptive siblings. Families will learn to better connect with one another, understand and meet physical needs, and regulate behavior in the context of loving relationship. Additionally, the Purvis Institute will collect data during each camp for research purposes.


The Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University is conducting research to examine the effectiveness of a therapeutic family camp intervention for adoptive families. This study is examining whether a therapeutic family camp intervention improves a) the trauma-related emotional and behavioral problems of children who are adopted, b) the relationship between them and their siblings and parents, and c) the overall functioning of the family system.

You and your family will be asked to complete online assessments at multiple time points pre- and post-camp, attend two camp weekends, and complete audio-recorded interviews post-camp. Parents will also complete online pre-training and a relationship interview before attending camp. This involves approximately 40-45 hours over a one-year period. Participation will take place at Texas Christian University. Risks involved in this research are minimal. 

The cost of attending camp is $495. Families will receive gift cards at each assessment period post-camp: $25 (1 week post-camp), $25 (3-month follow-up), $25 (6-month follow-up), and $25 (1-year post-camp).

Please call 817-257-7415 or

email hopeconnection2.0@tcu.edu with any questions

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Spring 2021 Cohort: To Be Determined

Logistics & Cost:

  • Cost is $495 per family
  • Cost includes TBRI materials, parent training, camp supplies, meals and snacks
  • Camp will take place on the Texas Christian University Campus in Fort Worth, TX
  • Families are responsible for any lodging arrangements and costs incurred

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Family must have a relationship with a TBRI Practitioner. This means you must have someone in your life (e.g. caseworker, support group leaders, social worker) who is a TBRI Practitioner and can support you in using TBRI strategies after camp
  • The “target” child is domestically or internationally adopted
  • Target child will be between the ages of 6 – 12 by the start of camp
  • Target child has been officially adopted into your family for at least one year by by the start of camp
  • All members of your family living at home are able to participate in both camp weekends for your assigned cohort
  • All family members are willing to be videotaped and photographed during camp
  • All family members are willing to participate in research, i.e., each member completes online assessments at multiple times pre and post camp and family members are willing to complete post-camp audio-recorded interviews
  • Both parents are willing to complete a criminal background check
  • Both parents are willing to complete online pre-training before attending camp

Calendar Expectations:

Spring 2021 Cohort

To Be Determined


To apply:

Applications for Hope Connection 2.0 are currently closed.