Core Life Coaching

Six Characteristics of a Strong Family


Spend time together


Appreciate one another


Maintain resilient and strong coping skills during difficult times


Live by a defined set of family values and convictions


Effective communication within the family


Commitment to the family

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“Your mind is like a parachute; it only works when it is open.” ― Anthony J. D’Angelo

The second letter of the acronym CORE is –  open.  Open refers to being open-mind about new information or possibly old information that you have dismissed.  The term also implies being “open” to possibilities.  In the context of CORE Family Resources, it is all about being open to the process of connecting, being open, relational, and as a result to be empowered and to empower others. Being open is what it takes for someone to acknowledge that they may not have all the answers when it comes to parenting, especially parenting foster/adopt children.  Parenting “children from hard places” requires a person to be compassionate, empathetic,  and love unconditionally.  Of course this should be the modus operandi for all parents!

Core Life Coaching

Are you stuck in your marriage, job, family, church,  or other relationships?  When was the last time you felt like you were growing?  CORE Life Coaching will help you GROW.  The GROW Model:


Establish the Goal


Examine the Current Reality


Explore the Options


Establish the will or way forward

What are your goals?  What is your current reality?  Have you explored your options?  Do you know the way forward?   CORE Life Coaching will be your guide to help you discover answers to these questions and pull you out from being stuck!  Send me a message (  if you would like to go from where you are to where you want to be.

The Contrasting World of Adoption and the need for Trust Based Relational Intervention

Adoption can be one of the most beautiful acts of kindness one human being can do for another. The adoptive parent / child relationship can become seamless.  However, it can also be a tragedy.  For an adoptive parent who is not prepared, it can be a nightmare, and even more tragic for the child.  It is astonishing how many adoptive parents really believe that love is all it takes, and will even vocalize this to others.  It takes more than love with a biological child, so why would it be any different for an adopted child?

There are so many variables for creating a connected family.  Adoption professionals do home studies including interviews, evaluate the parents, evaluate the biological children, conduct parent training,  yet parents and children still struggle to connect.  Factors like prenatal care, genetics, childhood trauma, loss and resiliency affect the child.  For adoptive parents it may be loss, their own childhood experience, and the lack of being open to the special needs of a child.  As biological children are different, adopted children are just as different.  To one adoptee, adoption is another day in the park, for others it is a constant reminder of the loss of their biological family.

The key to being prepared is to have the best resources available.  In my opinion, the most effective program that has been created is Trust Based Relational Intervention.  When I began researching this program, one important factor was immediately obvious.  TBRI is child centered.  Understanding, accepting, and meeting the needs of the child are tantamount to creating a healthy family.  The need to become a parent, or to bless the life of an orphan is important, however the priority should be to meet the needs of the child first.

TBRI was created by Drs. Karyn Purvis and David Cross from Texas Christian University.  It is researched based, compassionate, and empowering.  As an older child adoptee (one year or older at the time of adoption), if my parents used the philosophies and strategies of TBRI, it would have changed my life!  They did the best they could with the information (or lack of information) they had, but that is why I am such an advocate for TBRI.  There would not be so many angry adoptees (yes, there are thousands)  if TBRI had been available earlier.  However, that is why I am a champion for it today!

What You Can Expect From Us

Core Life Coaching

How is your family doing? I can coach your family to become a strong family by helping you discover your purpose, create a vision, and set goals to have a strong and healthy family.

Core Father Coaching

Being a father is one of the greatest gifts, as well as responsibilities, of life! When my wife became pregnant and fatherhood was looming, I became depressed. I had two fathers.

Pre-Marital & Marriage Coaching

PRE-MARITAL COACHING- Congratulations for your decision to get married. To assure your marriage will be a healthy one, take the SYMBIS Assessment which is designed to

Special Education Coaching

Having been a special education teacher for twelve years, I can provide coaching to guide you through the often confusing and emotional landscape.

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