Amie Cooper is the Founder and Executive Director of Flourishing Families of South Carolina, a nonprofit organization offering hope and healing to foster, adoptive, and kinship families. Having served for over sixteen years as a trainer, recruiter, and case manager, both for state departments and the private sector, Amie is a seasoned family services professional. Since 2017, Amie and her team of family coaches have trained 400 caregivers and professionals in Trust Based Relational Intervention. In the two years since securing a statewide contract with South Carolina Department of Social Services, FFSC has provided Adoptive Family Support Services to 145 families under her leadership.
While Amie’s professional experience demonstrates her passion for helping hurting families, her personal experience as a foster and adoptive parent is what drives her continued advocacy. She is the mother of nine children ages 7 through 30, and grandmother of two. Amie understands navigating multiple systems to find services and support for her family’s complex needs surrounding developmental disabilities, mental health diagnoses, special education, residential treatment, and transitions to adulthood. Amie credits Dr. Karyn Purvis for inspiring her to change the world for children, beginning in her own home, and teaching her that when you connect to the heart of a child everything is possible.
Amie earned her Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Development from Liberty University, is a Trust Based Relational Intervention Practitioner trained by the Karyn Purvis Institute for Child Development, and is pursuing a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from the University of the Cumberlands. Her writing detailing her experiences as an adoptive parent has been featured by Focus on The Family’s blog, and she co-authored a book, Adopted for Daily Life: A Devotional for Adopting Moms. Amie recently started the South Carolina TBRI Practitioner Network to connect professionals across the state, collaborate and share resources, and create pathways to further their work on behalf of families they serve. Amie plans to continue developing innovative programs and strengthening partnerships across systems so that all families flourish in connected communities.