What is Symbibazō?
Literally translated from ancient Biblical greek, "to knit together: in affection, to teach, gather, consider, unite". The word, Symbibazō carries deep meaning for our children and families. Miriam's Heart is devoted to mentoring parents via the Trust Based Relational Intervention parenting style developed by TCU-Institute of Child Development and Empowered to Connect. Realizing that all of us have a great need for connection and communion, fellowship with a Sovereign God and each other; our goal is to radically support families who take action on behalf of orphaned and abandoned children. We do this through mentoring, networking, fellowship and edification and to rally their church and community around them. We offer these resources regardless of church or organizational affiliation.
Miriam's Heart is focused on pre and post-placement training for adoptive and foster parents. Our parent trainers, Russ & Allison Highton have completed the ETC Train the Trainer Parent Training, and offer ongoing training throughout the year. Additionally, Rebekah & Eric Mindrebo have completed the training and work as Empowered to Connect Parent Trainers with our parents. Additionally, we have three (soon to be four!) TCU-Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development Practitioners that work with our families!
Miriam's Heart has compiled a list of resources and information for the families we serve. Many of the resources listed are required reading for the Empowered to Connect parent training.
Miriam's Heart facilitates both the Blend located in Somerset County and the Blend @ Bethlehem Church. Both groups meet regularly. For more information or to become connected with either Blend group, email
Miriam's Heart offers mentoring for families interested in adoption and/foster care. We offer this through the Adoption & Foster Care 101 classes (offered twice each year) and also on a one-on-one basis.
The Empowered to Connect (ETC) Conference is a two-day conference for pre or post-adoptive or foster families and professionals that is designed to help them better understand how to connect with children from hard places in order to help them heal. This conference is IDEAL for pastors, children's ministry leaders, educators, social workers and parents!