Emerge Family Connections



Amanda Purvis, BSW


Jill Crewes, MSW


Amanda Purvis is a social worker, wife, and mom to five kiddos (2 biological and 3 adopted through foster care). A native Coloradan, Amanda grew up in the Littleton area and knew from a young age that adoption would be a part of her life.

After serving in several orphanages across the globe Amanda and her husband David ended up awakening to the needs of those children in their own back yard, when Amanda worked with a local social services agency as an intake worker.  After fostering for three years they completed their family in 2012. 

As a self-declared "developmental psych geek" Amanda has studied under Doctors Karyn Purvis and David Cross. She has worked as a trainer and mentor to foster and adoptive families, and in post-adoption services for over 10 years.  Amanda writes for magazines such as Adoptive Families Magazine and Fostering Families Today, and for several newsletters and blogs in the fostering and adoptive communities.

Her passion to empower parents and organizations to help heal children from the hard places is apparent in her classes.


Jill is a mother of two children, a son adopted from the child welfare system and a biological daughter.  She has also experienced the joys and challenges of being a foster parent. 


Jill grew up in Colorado and knew from an early age that she wanted to work with children and families who were struggling.  Her professional experience working with children from hard places spans over 15 years and includes child protection casework, adoption casework, foster care certification, foster care , recruitment, and training.

In 1999, Jill earned a Masters of Social Work Degree from Boston University.  She has received training from Dr.Karyn Purvis, Dr. David Cross, and their team at TCU to enhance her skills and knowledge.  This training has re-enforced Jill’s commitment to children from hard places and ignited a deeper passion for connecting and empowering children and their families.  Jill believes that there is nothing more rewarding than making the difference in the life of a child and his or her family.

Why Emerge Family Connections?

Jill and Amanda founded Emerge Family Connections out of a desire to reach families with the hope of healing and connection. Both are moms of adopted and biological children who have experienced trauma, Amanda and Jill believe that armed with knowledge, love, and a lot of hope, the journey of parenting can be healing and beautiful. Children from hard places have experienced various forms of trauma to their neurological and emotional development; including: difficult pregnancy, traumatic birth, early hospitalizations and/or medical challenges, sensory processing disorder, catastrophic events, abuse, and neglect. These children can be biological, foster, or adopted. 

Emerge Family Connections utilizes Trust Based Relational Intervention ® (TBRI ® ) as a vehicle to educate families and provide them with parenting tools which have been specifically developed for children from hard places.  Amanda and Jill have both studied under Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross and their team at Texas Christian University and have earned their TBRI ® Educator qualification.