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September 29, 2016
Ann Morrison, LGSW
Here I am sitting before this poised, engaging speaker who has built a wonderful life for herself.  As she talks I hear so many things we share in common today as women in their early 50’s, and, as she tells her story, I also hear many things we shared in common during the 1980’s – early success in our professional career, fun adventures a la 1980’s clubbing with big hair, big shoulders and lots of dancing.
September 23, 2016
After a fun-filled sunny day on Saturday, it is safe to say the Barker tradition of the annual picnic being one of the highlights of the year for the Barker community continues strong. In fact, we were thrilled to see over 150 of you at the picnic!
September 23, 2016
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
One of our very own PWNL Moms has been recognized as one of the best Adoptive Mom Blogs of 2016 by Healthline for her blog, Adoptive Black Mom.  Adoptive Black Mom chronicles her adoption journey from the searching process to her every day parenting struggles in an honest and relatable way and gives a voice to people of color involved in adoption. Adoptive Black Mom is a captivating and thoughtful account of what it is like to not only parent a child who has a history of trauma, but what it is like to do it as a single African American mother.
September 9, 2016
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
When Abby's adoption finalization hearing was scheduled for the same day as her first day of school, her entire class came to support her big day! Read the heart warming story of Abby, a 10 year old former foster youth with special needs, being able to share her momentous day with not only her family, but her friends and classmates as well. Abby had been living with her foster mom, Anne, for three years prior to being adopted into the family. "It doesn't get old, Abby is my eighth adoption, and I can honestly say that each one is unique and wonderful every time.
September 1, 2016
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, 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.
August 16, 2016
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Despite all of the obstacles in his way, James Turner was able to graduate from high school, excel in track, and get accepted to college. After being in 17 foster homes and aging out without a forever family, James has found a community of support in positive adults and other mentors who he can lean on. Watch the video below to hear his story and learn what he plans to do to better the lives of other foster youth. 
August 9, 2016
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, 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.
July 21, 2016
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
PWNL has been busy in the beginning of the 2016 summer months! 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.
July 13, 2016
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Children in foster care have often experienced trauma and find it difficult to communicate how they feel to the people around them. This video highlights things that children in foster care wish the people in their lives knew and gives some perspective into what children who have experienced trauma struggle with in regards to their loved ones. Project Wait No Longer aims to educate, train, and prepare parents to help their children process their emotions and experiences once they’ve been adopted.  
June 24, 2016
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
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.   

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