It’s no secret that adoption is arguably the most vivid, beautiful earthly picture of the perfect work Christ has done on the cross to rescue, redeem, and restore each of us to God. But adoption was, for Him, and is, for us, costly. At its core, it is a story of pain. Of suffering. Of loss. Of rescue.

Rescued people rescue. But children rescued from trauma suffer emotional wounds that require intensive, therapeutic care. As a child who suffers the physical trauma of a serious accident would require medical intensive care (ICU), so a child who has suffered from abuse, neglect, or abandonment requires therapeutic intensive care. Parents bringing their adopted children home dream of showering them with wonderful experiences of happiness. But the ICU is no Disney World. Children rescued from trauma need intensive care, and the unequivocal commitment of parents who are willing to provide the level of care they need to heal.

For us who have been rescued, we know the story doesn’t end there. We have a hope. We have a future. Christ rescued us for the sake of eternity, and we rescue for the long haul, too.

After the mountains of paperwork are done, after the flight home is in the memory book, Unplowed Ground is here to guide you & your child to healing.

And then, look out Disney World! Here we come!

What you hold in your hands changed our daughter’s life... it’s the only reason I’m not just the fifth mom. I’m the last mom.
— Veronica, adoptive mom

We understand how it feels to pour your heart and soul into loving a traumatized child, only to have them push your love away. We understand showering them with love, giving them everything they’ve never had and taking them to do all the things they’ve never done, only to have it all backfire, having the opposite effect of what you intended.  We understand hearing advice from well-meaning friends and family that you just need to love them enough and pray more and everything will be fine.

Unplowed Ground is different from normal parenting. We like to call it “upside down and backward” parenting, because it is therapeutic parenting that revisits the first years of life for the child who never experienced them appropriately. It is “ICU” parenting for the child who has been rescued but now needs intensive emotional care. It is the perfect balance of nurture and structure, for the child who needs to feel safe before she can feel loved.

Unplowed Ground is a holistic approach addressing the brain and the heart, as well as the spiritual aspect of healing. It combines the most effective therapeutic parenting techniques with cutting edge scientific knowledge, all wrapped in a biblically-based, Christ-centered approach.

More than a book or a training, Unplowed Ground is a partnership. When you choose Unplowed Ground, you join a community of adoptive parents who share one goal in common: Seeing our adopted sons and daughters become all that God created them to be.

Unplowed Ground is easy to implement, life-changing to see.

You can do this. We’re here to help.

In Unplowed Ground Jumpstart, you will learn how to…

Soften the heart soil by passing the tests of every rescued child.


Grow a root of trust by revisiting the first years of life.


Uproot thorns of trauma by giving a voice and providing effective therapies.


Unplowed Ground is a concise, straightforward, and easy to implement parenting approach to help traumatized children heal. The firm yet loving structure that is created in your home helps your child feel safe so that trust can begin to happen instead of chaos.
— Matthew Bradley MSW, LMFT, Founder and Director of The Beatitude House, Center for Attachment and Trauma Recovery
Before implementing therapeutic parenting techniques we learned in Unplowed Ground training, our 3 yr old was having major difficulties. She was very aggressive with our 2 other children, was very defiant when instructed to do anything, was throwing major temper tantrums, etc. After implementing the techniques we had learned, her behavior did a complete turn around. She was no longer aggressive and the defiance slowly faded away. She thrived in “stations” and with the safe structure. As parents, we thrived with the techniques because we now had tools to use with her that were effective and tailored for her needs.
— Brooke, foster/adoptive mom
Unplowed Ground therapeutic parenting is the piece that our family didn’t know was missing for many years!

We have 2 biological children and 3 adopted children. We struggled for several years with our first 2 adopted children. We didn’t know what it was... but we knew something was wrong and we couldn’t figure it out. We were trained in Unplowed Ground in the Spring of 2016 and it has completely changed our family and our home! We had no idea that our children struggled with attachment and that the issues we dealt with were a result of their early childhood trauma. It would be a huge understatement to say that the introduction to Unplowed Ground was a “light bulb” moment for us. We were finally seeing that our kids needed something from us that we weren’t providing and had no clue we needed to.

Redoing the first 2 years of life facilitated attachment with our kids. Avoiding “W.A.L.T.E.R.” empowered us as peaceful and powerful parents.

”The BIG 6” has given us the peace that comes with clear expectations. LOVING responses keep us from being triggered by our kids while staying connected to them.

Balancing Structure and Nurture provides the SECURITY that our kids need and the CALM we all need.

Our 3rd adopted child is a teen we adopted this past year. We would have failed 100% at parenting her if we had not been informed about attachment and trauma and equipped with Unplowed Ground techniques.

We fully believe that God led us to Unplowed Ground for HIS glory. He needed us to be equipped and empowered to “plow the soil” in the hearts of our children in order for them to find true healing which comes from HIM alone.
— Melanie, adoptive mom
“In preparing for our adoption, I read many other books and listened to many podcasts & videos. Although they were all helpful, Unplowed Ground is the only one I found that gave us the specific, practical strategies we needed for our first days, weeks, and months at home, for forming attachment, for uprooting the thorns of trauma, and for giving her a voice. We used the strategies well into the first two years of her journey with us. It is the only resource I have found that perfectly balances nurture with structure, to help her feel safe, so that she could learn to accept our love. Many of the other books helped me with nurturing activities, which is wonderful, but we have seen firsthand that the Unplowed Ground strategies first helped her feel safe for the first time in her entire little life, and then, and only then, has she been able to accept nurture and love and grow to trust us as her forever mom and dad.

What you hold in your hands changed our daughter’s life. It’s the only reason her smile is real and her eyes are alive. It’s the only reason I’m not just the fifth mom. I’m the last mom.”
— Veronica, adoptive mom


Due to the generosity of our partner churches and individual donors, we are pleased to offer scholarships to several families for Unplowed Ground training.