Located just south of rt. 480 in Broadview Heights, Cuyahoga Valley Church is a short drive from Downtown, East Side, West Side, and the Akron/Canton area.

Empowered to Connect training will take place from 10am-6pm on both Friday and Saturday. Lunch is provided for both days as a part of the conference fee. Click below to view a sample schedule of the event.

Sample Schedule

The ETC Experience

The Empowered to Connect Conference features two days of practical teaching in a safe and supportive community equippingfamilies, churches, and professionals to better serve children impacted by adoption and foster care.

Practical Teaching

Featuring Trust-Based Relational Intervention methods developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross from the Karyn Purvis Institute for Child Development at TCU.

Supportive Community

Join parents, caregivers, teachers, and professionals from all over NE Ohio that share your heart for adoption and foster care in a supportive and safe community learning environement

Continuing Education Credit

ETC Training Provides Continuing Education credit for members of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)

I wish all parents, grandparents, teachers, physicians, and counselors could regularly attend this conference. It’s a life-changer every single time!Eve Boger; adoptive mother

Meet the Trainers

Daren Jones

Training Sepcialist: Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development

BA: Social Work
MA: Social Work
PhD: Counseling and Counselor Education

Dan & Terri Coley

Show Hope:
Founding Board Members

Foster parents for over 40 infants along with domestic and international adoption experience.

Ryan & Kayla North

Tapestry Adoption Ministry and ETC Trainers

Empowered to Connect Lead trainers and parents of 6 through birth, foster care, and adoption

Casey Call Pd.D.

Assistant Director: Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development

Casey has earned advanced degrees in elementary education, counseling, and developmental psychology.


Early Registration

January 28 – March 4

$50 – Individual

$70 – Couple

Regular Registration

March 5 – April 8

$65 – Individual

$85 – Couple

Price includes…

  • All training materials
  • Lunch for both days

To learn more about continuing education credits, requirements, and associated fees, click HERE

Thank you to our sponsors!

How Can We Help?

If you need help with registration, have additional questions, or are a vendor interested in setting up a table,
please contact the event coordinator, Dahlia Orth.