Hope Connection 2.0

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.

Research

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 a recorded task between you and your adopted child during camp weekends. 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), and $25 (6-month follow-up).

Please call 817-257-7415 or

email hopeconnection2.0@tcu.edu with any questions

IRB # 1809-016-1810

Texas Christian University

TCU does not discriminate based upon any protected status. Please see

http://www.tcu.edu/notice-of-nondiscrimination.asp

Dates:

Fall 2020 Cohort:

October 9 – 11

November 13 – 15

Families must attend both weekends of their respective cohort.

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 October 9, 2020
  • Target child has been officially adopted into your family for at least one year by October 9, 2020.
  • 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 parents and target child complete video-recorded task during both camp weekends
  • Both parents are willing to complete a criminal background check
  • Both parents are willing to complete online pre-training before attending camp

Calendar Expectations:

Fall 2020 Cohort

March 30, 2020Application Open
April 13, 2020Application Deadline
April 27 - May 1, 2020Family Phone Screening Interviews
May 1, 2020Official Acceptance Notice
May 4 - 18, 2020Assessment Packet Completion Period
August 17 - 31, 2020Pre-Assessment Packet Completion Period
September 2 - October 9, 2020Parent Online Pre-Training Completion Period
October 9 - 11, 2020Camp Weekend 1
November 13 - 15, 2020Camp Weekend 2
November 30 - December 14, 2020Post-Assessment Packet Completion Period
February 22 - March 8, 20213-Month Follow-up Packet Completion Period
May 17 - 31, 20216-Month Follow-up Packet Completion Period

 

To apply:

Applications for the Fall 2020 Cohort will open on March 30, 2020.