Debra Delulio Jones, M. Ed., Founder and Director
Parent Trainer / International Speaker / Author
Specializing in At-Risk Children
As an educator and parent of a biological daughter and an adopted son, Debra Delulio Jones, offers more than two decades of first-hand experience in training children with special needs, including adopted, foster, and at-risk children who’ve experienced neglect, abandonment, abuse, trauma, or substances in utero.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education and a Master of Education degree, with a specialty in Language and Learning Disabilities, both from Texas Woman's University. She taught Special Education in Fort Worth ISD and Eagle Mountain/Saginaw ISD.
Her academic training was enhanced and put to the test after adopting a son, Dane, from an orphanage in Romania. He suffered early neglect, abandonment, and malnourishment, along with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and lead toxicity. Although only 11-months-old when he came into their home, by the time he was 11 years old, his severe learning and extreme behavior problems had disrupted the whole family and plunged everyone into despair and hopelessness.
Debra sought help from many experts, but gained the most insight and practical knowledge from Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross at TCU's Hope Connection Camp for adopted children. As a result of applying these new parenting strategies, Dane reached a level of stability and independence that his parents never dreamed possible. His success story is featured in both the March and May 2011 issues of Fostering Families Today.
In 2007, Debra formed Parenting Adoptees Can Trust to educate and assist parents who are on a similar journey with troubled children. In 2016, she created an LLC and re-branded her business as Parent Intervention & Training to better reflect the services they offer. As Director of Parent Intervention & Training, Debra and her team train and support other parents and professionals in the research-based parenting model developed by Drs. Purvis and Cross. It is called Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®). Their desire is to provide a clear path to lasting behavioral transformation and deep healing for parents on hard journeys.
Alan Jones, Administrative Director
Alan joined his wife, Debra, as Administrative Director of Parent Intervention & Training after retiring from 27 years in education. An advocate for at-risk children and father of a biological daughter and an internationally adopted son, Alan has come to completely embrace the Trust-Based Relational Intervention® model.
As a father, Alan uniquely understands the pressures that dads face as both protector of their families and nurturer of a child who never learned to trust and displays maladaptive behaviors.
It is his passion to use his experiences to help parents, particularly dads, who are struggling to connect with their children.
Both Debra and Alan travel throughout the country and internationally to speak, hold parent training workshops, and provide in-home intensive interventions. They reside in the Fort Worth, Texas area.
Angie Proctor, Parent Trainer
MSMFT / LCDC
Angie is a wife, a mom to two biological children, and has worked with at-risk children and teens since 2001. She is currently teaching as an adjunct instructor and completing her PhD in Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University in Commerce, TX. Her research on trauma and the educational needs of harmed children will be instrumental in bringing more training and successful interventions to the classroom.
Angie has extensive experience in a residential group home where she served as the Therapeutic Services Director as well as Residential Care Director. The facility served children placed from Child Protective Services, and through private families, including some from failed adoptions. Most of the children served had experienced deep trauma as well as attachment and developmental issues.
Since 2008, Angie has been involved with Dr. Purvis and Dr. Cross at the Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University. She currently serves as an associate of the Institute as a presenter and trainer for TBRI®. Angie has devoted her life and education to helping children who come from traumatic backgrounds.
Angie lives in East Texas and is willing to travel to meet the needs of hurting families through Parent Intervention & Training.
Tammy Winkler, Parent Trainer
Tammy is a physical therapist, a wife, and a mom to seven grown children - three biological children and four who came to their family through adoption. Tammy came to the Trust-Based Relational Intervention® journey when her adopted children were grown or nearly grown, so she knows the ropes when it comes to overcoming teen challenges with kids from hard places. Tammy has a beautiful testimony with a troubled son that gives hope and assurance to parents that it is never too late for a trust-based relationship.
Tammy fell in love with the work of Drs. Purvis and Cross at the Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University, where she completed the TBRI® training for professionals. Her knowledge and expertise have enabled her to help many families in her church and community who have adopted children from hard places.
Tammy resides in Carroll, Ohio, and is ready to see the world as the newest traveling member of the Parent Intervention & Training team.
Courtney Chenault, Administrative Coordinator
Courtney’s experience with adoption started when she was 7 days old, the day she was placed in the arms of her adoptive parents. She has compassion for families on hard journeys as well as a heart for helping harmed or insecure children. She has been a sanity-saver in managing Deb’s calendar and serves as the first point of contact for Parent Intervention & Training.
She holds an Elementary Education degree from North Texas University and a Masters of Library Science from Texas Woman’s University. She resides in the Fort Worth area.
The Jones Family
Alan and Debbie, two Texas school teachers committed to a forever family: Dane Jones, their adopted son and Megan Gonzalez, their biological daughter and her husband, Chris. This family for many years felt overwhelmed and ill-equipped to manage the maladaptive and disruptive behavior of their son, Dane, a survivor of abandonment and the horrible conditions in a Romanian orphanage. Alan and Debbie sought help from experts in the field. They now wish to help others by sharing what they've learned and how they've grown together as a family. According to these parents, "Our trust-based parenting journey can be summed up in four words - we have joy again!"