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Modern Families: Attitudes and perceptions of adoption in Australia

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Attachment Theory

The late Dr. Karyn Purvis was a renowned child advocate and leading US expert on post-adoption child care and the complex effects of early abuse or neglect on early child development. She was director of the non-profit Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Purvis and her colleague Dr David Cross at the Institute developed a ground-breaking approach known as Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI ®) for parenting and helping children who have suffered developmental harm from abuse, neglect or other forms of early trauma. 

This parenting model combines neuropsychological theory and research with humanitarian principles. The goal is to create a healing environment for "children from hard places". These are children who have experienced relationship-based traumas such as institutionalisation, multiple foster placements, maltreatment and/or neglect. TBRI® has evolved as a result of a rich collaboration between Drs. Purvis and Cross, their team and adoptive parents. 

TBRI® has proven effective with children of all ages and a wide range of behavioural problems in a variety of settings. The Institute does not provide direct services to children and parents. Instead, it promotes interventions through research, training and outreach projects, indirectly touching the lives of around 50,000 people each year.