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Trust-Based Relational Intervention

Trust-Based Relational Intervention [TBRI] is an attachment based, trauma-informed approach designed to meet the needs of vulnerable children. It can be used by parents and caregivers with all children. 

Due to trauma, such as abuse and neglect, it is difficult for children to trust the adults in their lives. This often results in challenging behaviors.  TBRI offers practical tools for caregivers or those serving children from hard places.

Benefits of TBRI

Decreased behavioral and attention problems

Lower stress hormone levels for kids and reduced caregiver stress

Improved social relationships and attachment behaviors

Fewer psychiatric and trauma symptoms

Adult Students

TBRI Caregivers Training is a group, in-person parent training program. TBRI is a holistic approach that is multidisciplinary, flexible, and attachment centered.


TBRI consists of 3 sets of harmonious principles: Connecting, Empowering, and Correcting. They are designed to be used by parents and caregivers of children of all ages and risk levels. TBRI is based upon how optimal development should have occurred.


Click below to sign up for the next TBRI Caregivers Training in the Spring of 2023.


TBRI Family Services

While Caregivers Training is beneficial for all parents, it is most effective when paired with individualized family services. 


AGAPE has 4 TBRI Practitioners trained to facilitate twice monthly family Nurture Groups which will take place at AGAPE's office and:

  • identify target behaviors

  • create a plan tailored to the family's needs

  • provide family counseling and parent education


*these services are offered for families who are currently or have participated in TBRI Caregivers Training. 

Nurture Group

Nurture Group

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  • What is a home study?
    A home study is a 10 to 12 page social summary of your family, written by a licensed social worker. In order to create your home study a social worker will meet with your family, once in your home and once at AGAPE's office. Each home study visit lasts approximately an hour and a half. A social worker will discuss your family, marriage, parenting style, discipline methods, and complete a walk-through of your home. All necessary paperwork, such as medical examinations and clearances, must be completed before home study visits are scheduled. Once completed, the home study is a legal document that allows your family to adopt. Home studies must be updated yearly.
  • How long is the wait to adopt a child?
    The wait time for adoption can vary depending on your preferences. For example, families only willing to consider children of certain genders or races will likely encounter longer wait times. Other factors, such as openness in your adoption plan and the health of the child, also affect wait time. AGAPE's current wait time is 2 to 5 years.
  • How much will my adoption cost?
    AGAPE's fees are based on state and federal adoption tax credits available to families. AGAPE's home study fees are approximately $2,000. AGAPE's placement fee is approximately $14,000. Fees paid to AGAPE do not cover attorney fees. Attorney's fees are approximately $2,000 to $5,000 and will be paid directly to your family's attorney. AGAPE social workers will go over a fee schedule in detail with you during your initial consultation.
  • Will we meet the birth parents?
    A child benefits most from an adoption situation in which two families unite in partnership. This child-focused approach involves an incredible amount of flexibility, vulnerabilty, and compassion from all involved. AGAPE asks that all adoptive families be willing to meet their child's birth family. However, ultimately the decision to meet will be determined by the comfort level of the birth family.
  • What is open adoption and what are the benefits?
    Open adoption refers to a wide range of communication between adoptive and biological families. Research has shown that children, adoptive families, and biological families all benefit from open adoption. Families who adopt should be prepared to share pictures, letters, and encourage visits throughout a child's life. Open adoption promotes a child's overall well-being by providing awareness of their history. This promotes bonding and attachment with their adoptive parents who are actively working to honor their child's story. Knowledge is power and open adoption improves the child's sense of identity.
  • Can the birth parents change their mind?
    In the state of Alabama, biological parents who are making an adoption plan have a total of 14 days in which they can change their minds and decide to parent. During the initial 5 days, biological parents sign a document and contact AGAPE in order to choose parenting. There is an additional 9 days in which a parent can appear before a judge to plead their case for why they want to alter the adoption plan.
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