Playing Saving Dane, Saving Families - through adoption and therapy

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Brief found footage from NBC Dateline's 2003 story, "Saving Dane, Saving a Family", as featured in text, on Federici's website.

In 2006, the producer of that story wrote a follow-up report, which begins as follows:

As the producer of this piece, I'd like to introduce you to a behind-the-scenes expert who was critical in helping us tell the story of Dane and his family. In fact, it was Karyn Purvis who introduced us to the Jones family. 

Just like the so-called horse whisperer, who turns the feral horse into a calm, trusting animal, Karyn Purvis does the same thing with kids. Those of us who have watched her work call her the Child Whisperer.

The first time I saw Karyn in action was at a summer camp at Texas Christian University called The Hope Connection, a respite for adopted kids who were at risk for being institutionalized because of their severe behavioral problems. The camp originally was designed as a research project by Karyn, then a doctoral student at TCU and her psychology professor, Dr. David Cross.

But this was no ordinary camp full of giggling, playful children. All the children here had suffered some level of abuse, neglect and deprivation before they were adopted and brought to America. Some had been rescued from deplorable conditions in foreign orphanages, while others had come out of domestic adoptions through child welfare authorities. As a result, they all had emotional and behavioral problems. Dane Jones was one of them.

I was there as a guest with Dr. Ron Federici, who consulted with TCU and helped evaluate many of the "camp kids." Suddenly, as we were watching the counselors lead the kids through songs, dances and tumbling, one of the kids went WILD in the middle of a play room. A darling blue-eyed, 7-year-old Russian girl erupted in a whirl of kicking, thrashing, and screaming. Her little blonde curls began to drip with sweat as she flailed and swung her arms and legs in an out-of-control rage that frankly scared the heck out of me.

The article continues,

Karyn worked closely with Dr. Federici in the home program for the Jones that we featured on Dateline. They credit his amazing work, but she and  Dr. David Cross have subsequently expanded into other research areas and developed their own parent-coach therapy program that emphasizes nurturing as much as structure. Just like the Jones' credit Federici for helping them with Dane, many other parents credit Karyn with saving their families.

[From:  Inside Dateline:  Fighting For Dane, Olive Talley, June 14, 2006

Karyn can now be found working closely with Hope for Orphans and the Christian Alliance for Orphans.


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