The speakers include:
Dr. David Cross, the Rees-Jones Director of the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development and a professor in the TCU Department of Psychology.
Casey Call, the Assistant Director at the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, and a passionate advocate for vulnerable children and families.
Cindy Lee, LCSW, LADC, specializes in providing counseling services for children, adolescents and adults as well as crisis intervention services and substance abuse treatment.
Kayla and Ryan have six children through birth and foster care adoptions
Daren Jones is a Child Development Fellow with the Institute of Child Development. Daren began his career as a behavior instructor of a therapeutic day treatment program serving children and youth who could no longer function in a regular academic school setting. After serving as a behavior instructor, Daren decided to obtain his Masters in Social Work from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. Daren also obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
Daren has spent the past 12 years serving youth and families within residential and foster care settings as a direct-care worker, residential group home supervisor, Licensed Child Care Administrator, and trainer. Daren currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas with his wife, Katie Jones, and daughter, Ruby.
Amanda R. Hiles Howard, PhD
Amanda Hiles Howard is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Samford University. She came to Samford after serving as the Assistant Director of the TCU Institute of Child Development for six years. Amanda earned her B.A. from The Ohio State University with a major in Psychology, and then attended Texas Christian University for graduate study under the mentorship of Drs. David Cross and Karyn Purvis. She earned an M.S. in Experimental Psychology with an emphasis on Quantitative Analysis, and then earned a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology with an emphasis on Developmental Psychology. Her work integrates theory, research and practice in a concentrated effort to increase understanding of the interpersonal processes underlying mental health and quality of life for youth in the child welfare system. Amanda and her husband John have two sons, Elias (6) and Silas (5).
Dan & Terri Coley
Dan and Terri Coley are founding board members of Show Hope. They have served as foster parents for more than 40 infants and birthmothers, and have adopted children domestically and internationally. Their family is multi-racial and includes children with special needs. It is their heart’s desire for every child to have a family, but through personal experience they have come to know the importance of understanding the challenges and needs of children from “hard places.” Dan and Terri are committed to help educate and prepare families for the adoption journey and empower them with the tools to help children heal while maintaining healthy families. The Coleys live in Franklin, Tennessee and have nine children and nine grandchildren.