My Gift to You

Being an adoptive or foster mom presents unique challenges. Many parents grow weary and begin to lose hope as they strive to build trust and connection with their children. This free guide will help you regain hope and courage for the journey.

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Renew your hopeful, courageous heart in my private membership community where we recognize the hard and celebrate the beauty of adoption.
We turn to God as the source of all hope and to each other as we walk side-by-side.

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Do you need practical help and encouragement? Since 2006 I've been sharing my story of being a mom to children from hard places. On my blog I write about real-life strategies I've learned and wisdom gained from decades of parenting.

The Connected Parent

Real-Life Strategies for Building Trust and Attachment

by Dr. Karyn Purvis, PhD and Lisa Qualls

Available everywhere books are sold!

even in the midst of the joys,
being an adoptive or foster mom is hard.

Moms tell me they're overwhelmed by their children's needs and often feel isolated. With 12 kids by birth and adoption, and a foster mom of more, I understand this so well. I recognize the hard and celebrate the beauty of adoption with you.

With honesty, faith, my training as a TBRI® Practitioner*, and as a certified Enneagram coach, I help you gain courage and renew the hope you once had so you can become the mom you're meant to be.

Learn more about the book and how it can help you understand your child, yourself, and how to parent with trust and attachment in mind.

What Parents Are Saying

"Whenever I interact with Lisa I feel like I can’t just survive, but I can thrive as well! I feel nurtured and cared for instead of being the nurturer and caregiver like I am daily."


"Lisa has been a lifeline to me and taught me so much about how to love my kids and husband better and stay connected to them."


"Lisa is a treasure-trove of tools, wisdom, and grace for adoptive families. She can provide both practical tools and compassionate support for almost any adoption-related scenario."


Author   |   Speaker   |   Mother

Let Me Introduce Myself

Lisa Qualls

One Thankful Mom

Russ and I have been married forty years and are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption. We also had the honor of being foster parents to a teen for 2 1/2 years. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work.

I'm also a Spiritual Director and certified Enneagram coach. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents and co-hosting my podcast, Adoption Wise. Using my TBRI training, Enneagram knowledge, and decades of parenting experience, I coach and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

*TBRI® is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI® uses Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors.

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