Last spring, ICA was privileged to be able to host its very own Empowered To Connect Simulcast at Calvary Chapel, Murrieta. ETC is 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. Featuring Dr. Karyn Purvis, this two day event is made for parents, whether children are biological or adopted, as well as those serving and supporting, such as social workers, agency professionals, church staff and ministry leaders, counselors, and therapists.

This April, ICA will once again be hosting a live simulcast. The testimonies from families that attended last years event have proven ETC to be a priceless resource. Gina and her husband attended ETC last year. After a difficult eight year season, they found that they were struggling to stay connected to their children. Both adopted at birth, they are now sixteen and nine.

“We were grasping at straws, using typical consequences. Nothing worked. There was such a wall up. We were talking at our children, but not being received. Things were getting worse”, Gina said.

After attending ETC things began to change for Gina and her family. “We realized to we needed to get to the underlying issues–the feelings and anxieties behind their behaviors. We learned to focus on the heart and not the behavior. Because of this conference, we are on the path to being better connected.”

Gina now looks forward to attending ETC once again. “I can’t wait to go back for this refresher. I highly recommend ETC to all parents, not just adoptive parents.”

The ETC model has been a transformative tool for countless families and professionals. If you’d like to sign up for the April 8th and 9th conference, visit ICA’s website today.