Hope Connection 2.0

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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 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 kpicd.research@tcu.edu with any questions

IRB # 1809-016-1810

Texas Christian University

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Spring 2020 Cohort:

February 28 – March 1

April 3 – 5

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 February 28, 2020
  • Target child has been officially adopted into your family for at least one year by February 28, 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:

Spring 2020 Cohort

August 12, 2019Application Open
August 26, 2019Application Deadline
September 9 - 13, 2019Family Phone Screening Interviews
September 13, 2019Official Acceptance Notice
September 16 - 30, 2019Assessment Packet Completion Period
January 6 - 20, 2020Pre-Assessment Packet Completion Period
January 22 - February 26, 2020Parent Online Pre-Training Completion Period
February 28 - March 1, 2020Camp Weekend 1
April 3 - 5, 2020Camp Weekend 2
April 13 - 27, 2020Post-Assessment Packet Completion Period
July 6 - 20, 20203-Month Follow-up Packet Completion Period
September 28 - October 12, 20206-Month Follow-up Packet Completion Period


To apply:

Applications for the Spring 2020 Cohort will open on August 12, 2019 and close on August 26, 2019. Click here to apply!