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CALL: 1-888-731-6601 or TEXT: 240-600-1106

PWNL (Older Child) after hours counselor: 1-888-955-3339

 

March 28, 2017
Alex Williams, PWNL's Outreach Coordinator is holding a workshop tomorrow, March 29th, 2017 at 7PM in Leesburg! Are you or someone you know interested in older child adoption, or are just passionate about being an active citizen? Attend our workshop to learn about why children enter the foster care system, the experiences they have, and ways that individuals, families, and communities can help address the growing number of children in need of permanent families. 
March 27, 2017
Andrea, Adoptive Mother
Wow – the day was here!  We were on our way to the hospital to visit with the birth parents (who we had only met two days prior) and meet our son!  We were incredibly excited, yet probably the most nervous we have ever been!  What do we say?  What if we cry?  Is it ok to hold him?  What if they change their mind?  A million scenarios were racing through our minds.
March 17, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Watch the story of the Bailey Family, whose beliefs led them to adopt from Foster Care. With or without the beliefs expressed in the video, there's no doubt that Chase and thousands of kids like him deserve a loving, forever family, no matter what age. .
March 13, 2017
Alex Williams
Top 6 Things to Remember When Reviewing Child Files  By Beverly Clarke, PWNL Program Director       
March 1, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Want to speak with and hear from Barker Staff during Expo Workshops? Adoption A-Z (11:30-12:30 and 1:30-2:30):  Hear about older child adoption and Project Wait No Longer (PWNL), Barker's older child adoption program from Alex Williams, PWNL Outreach Coordinator and Beverly Clarke, PWNL Program Director. Tina Ji, Barker's International Program Director will be speaking about international adoption and all of Barker's international programs. 
March 1, 2017
Jennifer, Barker Parent
On an otherwise uneventful Friday in late November 2015, I opened my email to find a message about a little boy from Ann Morrison, the director of the domestic adoption program at Barker. He was two years old, had big beautiful eyes, lived in China, and was diagnosed with hemophilia. My husband and I were approved and waiting for a domestic adoption match, but Ann knew that our hearts were pulling us toward adopting a toddler and Barker was hoping to find that little boy’s family quickly due to his medical needs, so she sent us a little information just in case.
February 22, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Watch the story of how Alexandre and Franciso, adoptive parents from Brazil, found themselves adopting a sibling group of three boys. While they were originally searching for  one child under the age of six, after meeting siblings Patrick (12), Pablo (9), and Gabriel(6), Alexandre and Francisco couldn't adopt just one of them. In Brazil, many children who are "mixed race" are considered un-adoptable and additionally, like the United States, children over the age of six are less likely to be adopted.
February 3, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Keep Up with PWNL by Reading Our Monthly Newsletter! If you haven't had a chance to read our newsletter, please take the time to catch up on what's been going on in PWNL! Click on each image to read more. 
January 31, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Entering the foster care system at just one year of age, 21 year old Noel Anaya shares his story in an NPR news segment. From his judge mispronouncing his name and stating "Everyone pronounces it differently" to Noel sharing the story of he and his five siblings being shuffled between foster homes, group homes, shelters, and incarceration; the segment highlights the cracks in a system that is supposed to protect children who are vulnerable.  His time in foster care was spent wishing for a family to call his own.
January 25, 2017
Betty Betz, International Programs Manager
Lunar New Year 2017 will be celebrated January 28th this year.  This holiday is recognized in many countries, including China, Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and more. The New Year starts with the first new moon and ends 15 days later, when the moon is full, with the Lantern Festival.

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