Maryland/Virginia/DC 24/7 Crisis Pregnancy ONLY Hotline: 1-888-731-6601 or TEXT: 240-600-1106    PWNL after hours counselor: 1-888-955-3339

On Friday, June 24th, Barker’s Bethesda office is moving back to our first floor home at 7979 Old Georgetown Road.
The Bethesda staff will have limited access to phone calls and email messages during the move. The Bethesda office will reopen Monday June 27th.
Thank you for your patience. 

 

June 24, 2016
Alex Williams
In case you missed it, watch this little girl's adoption finalization become even more special with a lot of hard work and a little magic.   
June 17, 2016
I am always surprised by the calls and emails I receive from adoptive dads around this time of year.   One father of teenagers wrote: “Each Father’s Day as I reflect on my family and our two beautiful daughters, I think about ALL the families made possible through Barker’s presence.”  Another called to read me a note written by his daughter.
June 14, 2016
Alex Williams
Almost all children in foster care have experienced some sort of trauma. As parents, it can often be difficult to understand what they are going through or to know how to help. Luckily, there are numerous community resources you can utilize that could help navigate how to help your child who has experienced trauma. Below are two FREE events focused on learning ways to help children overcome trauma and succeed. See details below.
June 9, 2016
Betty Betz, International Programs Case Manager
Reports came out this week that the number of domestic adoptions within India has dropped by half, hitting a five-year low with 3,011 children adopted  in fiscal year 2015/2016. This is down from the highest number in 2011/2012 when 5,964 domestic adoptions took place.  
June 7, 2016
Alex Williams
Transracial adoption has historically been a controversial subject in the field of adoption. The reality is that when parents enter into transracial adoption without the right preparation, children and families can suffer.  In an article written by April Dinwoodie, the Chief Executive of the Donaldson Adoption Institute, she recounts her childhood growing up as a mixed race child adopted to Caucasian parents; “Back in the 1970s, my parents were not encouraged by professionals to acknowledge racial difference. Rather, they were glossed over… I am a mixed-race person, and everyone knew it.
May 25, 2016
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
It’s almost Memorial Day weekend, the sun will hopefully be shining, and it will be a good time to take your kids out for some fun!  Here are some local activities that can be memorable for the entire family!
May 25, 2016
Eileen Wharton, MSW, International Programs Clinical Specialist
Jordan Windle and Tatyana McFadden are both amazing athletes preparing for the 2016 Summer Olympic games in Rio, to represent the United States of America.  Besides being Olympic-level athletes, they have a few other things in common.  Both Jordan and Tatyana were adopted internationally and they both have written books about adoption.  Here is a bit more information about each of these amazing athletes who we hope will see gold this summer!
May 24, 2016
Do More 24, coming on Thursday, June 2, is a 24-hour fundraising effort organized by United Way of the National Capital Area that brings together nonprofit organizations (more than 600), companies and regular people committed to making a difference locally. This focused “movement” encourages donors to contribute to the causes and organizations closest to their hearts to help solve this region’s most pressing social challenges.  
May 16, 2016
Surina Amin, LGSW - Outreach Coordinator, Project Wait No Longer
Each month Project Wait No Longer offers updates and insights through its very popular newsletter.  You can sign up to receive it directly through U.S.P.S. mail by emailing Namatie Mansaray at                                                     nmansaray@barkerfoundation.org, or, you can now find it monthly in the Barker Blog.
May 9, 2016
Betty Betz, International Programs Case Manager
According to the report, CARA will be responsible for maintaining information on the details of surrendered children as well as details on abandoned children that include where the child was found, who brought them in and when. CARA is also considering keeping DNA of every child adopted as well as that of the person who surrenders the child in an effort to make sure they are related and help prevent child trafficking. 

Pages