Julie Kouri is the founder and Executive Director of Fostering Hope Austin. She and her husband have 3 children through adoption. Julie has been leading and supporting foster and adoption ministries across Central Texas for more than a decade. Julie is an approved Educator in Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), the trauma-informed model created by Drs. Karyn Purvis and David Cross of TCU, authors of The Connected Child. Julie is also an Empowered to Connect Trainer, and her experiences include working directly with Dr. Purvis and her TCU team to develop trauma-informed church ministries in Central Texas. Julie has mentored and trained hundreds of foster and adoptive families.
Sarah Miller is Fostering Hope Austin’s Director of Training and Education. She and her husband have fostered 20 children and have 4 children through adoption and 2 biological children. Sarah completed the TBRI Workshop, and she is an Empowered to Connect Trainer. She is also a registered nurse, with experience working in both emergency rooms and public schools.
A native Texan, Anna Valdez lived in Monterrey, Mexico for the past 5 years as a Program Coordinator for the international organization, Back2Back Ministries. She is a TBRI practitioner and mentor. Along with being a Program Coordinator, Anna worked as a caregiver in an orphanage in Monterrey. There she was the primary caregiver for ten teenage girls for 5 years with whom she successfully applied the TBRI principles. Under the direction of nationally known psychologist, Jayne Schooler, she trained families, other caregivers and professional staff in the Trauma Competent Caregiver curriculum. Anna managed 9 other trainers and was on the ground floor of developing and translating the curriculum. Anna is fluent in Spanish and taught high school English before moving to Mexico.