Show Hope Presents The Nationwide ‘Empower To Connect’ Conference, Sept. 23, 24 In Nashville

A Nationwide Conference To Equip Families, Churches, And Professionals To Bring Hope And Healing To Adopted And Foster Children, Presented By Show Hope;   
Upcoming Conferences Already Scheduled For 2012
In Dallas And Denver


30 August 2011 – Nashville, Tenn. – On September 23rd and 24th, Show Hope™, the adoption organization founded by Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman, will present the nationally known conference Empowered To Connect. The annual event will be held at Brentwood Baptist Church on Concord Road in Brentwood, TN. 
This conference is ideal for all pre- and post-adoptive and foster parents, as well as those who are serving and supporting children and families including: social workers, agency professionals, church staff and ministry leaders, counselors, therapists and others involved in adoption and foster care ministries or services.
This year’s conference already has more than two times the people registered who attended last year’s conference, with participants coming from more than 30 states and Canada. With its tremendous success in 2010, two more conferences are slated for 2012: February 17-18th in Dallas, Texas, and April 20-21st in Denver, Colorado. 
Dan and Terri Coley, Show Hope founding board members, adoptive parents and friends of the Chapmans, will again host next month’s conference. The two-day event will feature sessions led by Dr. Karyn Purvis (Director of the TCU Institute of Child Development) and Michael and Amy Monroe (Leaders of Tapestry Adoption & Foster Care Ministry). Limited space is available, yet it is recommended to register as soon as possible as the conference is expected to be at full capacity. 
“The insights and wisdom that Dr. Karyn Purvis offers have blessed our family and so many other adoptive and foster families across the United States and around the world,” exclaims Michael Monroe.  “This is why we count it a tremendous privilege to be a part of helping to share the hope and help she offers to families, church ministries and professionals at the Empowered To Connect Conferences.”
The Empowered to Connect sessions will be held from 9am-5pm on both days. Light refreshments will be provided during breaks throughout the event, with “on your own” lunch breaks scheduled from 12-1:30pm.
For more information about Empowered to Connect, about the hosts and leaders, and how you can register today, please visit


Karyn Purvis, PhD Dr. Purvis is the director of the Texas Christian University Institute of Child Development. She has devoted the past decade to developing research-based interventions for adopted, foster and other at-risk children.


Michael and Amy Monroe Michael and Amy are the proud parents of four children, each welcomed into their family through adoption. Together they lead Tapestry, the adoption and foster care ministry at Irving Bible Church. Since 2005, Tapestry has grown to serve hundreds of families and children each year through a wide variety of educational events, training, support groups, financial assistance and community outreach.


Dan and Terri Coley are Show Hope founding board members who live in Franklin, Tennessee. They have served as foster parents for more than 40 infants and birthmothers, and have adopted children domestically and internationally. Their family is multi-racial and includes children with special needs. It is their heart’s desire for every child to have a family, but through personal experience they have come to know the importance of understanding the challenges and needs of children from “hard places.”

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