September 15, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Transitioning to a new family, new home, is overwhelming for anyone, let alone for a child with a trauma history. It's important for teachers to be aware not only of potential triggers but how to address behaviors in the classroom in an educated and trauma informed way. Parents have the opportunity to be strong advocates for their children in the classroom, as teachers are not always aware of the special needs that can arise with older child adoption.
September 1, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Currently there are 400,000 children in foster care, with 100,000 of those kids waiting to be adopted. A majority of the children waiting are age 10 and over. When a child reaches the age of 10, they are about 50% less likely to be adopted. Luckily, for this 18 year old in California, he finally has a family to call his own. Below is the story of Carson, who entered the Peterson's home at age 15, and after 15 years in the foster system was adopted into the Petersen family. 
August 23, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
With back to school right around the corner, it's important for parents to be armed with the skills to address issues surrounding bullying. No matter how amazing kids are, the reality is that 1in 4 children are bullied during their school age years. Children who are bullied can experience an increase in depression, anxiety, changes in sleep and eating patterns, and more that can persist into adulthood.
August 10, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Older child adoption is a wonderful thing. Currently there are over 100,000 children in foster care waiting to be adopted. Unfortunately, a significant percentage of teens in care will age out of the foster system without finding a stable, loving family. In 2015 alone, 20,787 teens and young adults aged out of the foster system without a family on which to rely. Outcomes for youth who age out of care are not positive:
August 4, 2017
Everyone knows that parents with an infant need as much social support as possible. A new study has found that parents of teens also need as much social support as those with newborns. In particular, if you are parenting an adopted older child, supports are essential to solidifying a bond with your teen. Below is an article from NPR detailing the findings of this study.   
August 1, 2017
Becca York
 The time has come – you’re gearing up for your international travel to bring your child into their forever family. The anxiety has started to set in – what on Earth are you going to do for hours on a plane with your toddler?  We came accross a great article with practical things you can do to keep your little entertained during this exciting, yet LONG flight home!
July 31, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Anyone who works in child welfare or has fostered/adopted from the child welfare system knows that an overwhelming percentage of children in foster care are diagnosed with ADHD. In fact, children in foster care are three times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD. While it has become a common diagnosis, researchers and clinicians have recently begun to study the relationship between ADHD symptoms and trauma.
July 28, 2017
Kate Simpson
So much conversation about adoption centers around adoptive parents, birth parents, and the children who are adopted, but there is one group that often goes unnoticed – the families that tirelessly care for babies during the time when the biological mothers and fathers of the babies are trying to decide what is best for their child. This group of amazing individuals are Barker’s Cradle Care families, and we could not be more grateful for the selfless work that they do.
July 14, 2017
Betty Betz
China sent out a notice on July 6, 2017 with some changes to the guidelines of who can adopt. These changes were to go into effect immediately (the notice was datedJune 30, 2017).
July 12, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Relating to teens can be difficult, especially when parenting an older child adopted from foster care. For first time parents, jumping into parenting during the teen years can be daunting and exhausting. Here are some tips and tricks from Michelle Lehnardt, a blogger with the Today Show. With some helpful advice, parenting teens can be fun, rewarding, and challenging in the best way possible.     
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