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 is a TBRI Educator and is an Empowered to Connect Trainer. She is also a registered nurse, with experience working in both emergency rooms and public schools.
Amy Ponder is Fostering Hope Austin’s Director of Engagement. She is an Arkansas native and is TBRI trained. Before moving to Austin, Amy helped start The CALL of Baxter Co. and served as its inaugural County Coordinator. She also previously co-founded the Peek-a-Bootique shop for mothers and children in collaboration with the Baxter Regional Medical Center hospital auxiliary. She and her husband have 4 biological children, and she has a passion for teens aging out of foster care.