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.
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.   
June 7, 2016
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
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.
April 12, 2016
Surina Amin, LGSW - Outreach Coordinator, Project Wait No Longer
The Barker Adoption Foundation’s signature educational event, its Adoption and Foster Care Conference, is sought out annually by families, adopted persons, birth parents, professionals and students. This year, Barker held its 22nd Annual Conference, titled “Connected Lives: A Complex Privilege for the Family of Adoption, with over 275 attendees.  As expected, it was one of our best conferences to date. 
April 4, 2016
Kristin Reighard, Barker Consultant, Support Group Facilitator
The Adult Adoptee group was very excited that Alison Larkin, author, comedienne and keynote speaker at Barker’s annual Adoption & Foster Care Conference, held on Saturday, March 19, came to Washington, D.C. early and attended their group meeting on March 17th.  Over 20 adult adoptees participated in the meeting and had the rare opportunity to engage in an intimate discussion with Alison, hear her insights and share their own, laugh, and discuss issues of common interest to adult adopted persons.
February 17, 2016
Kate Simpson, Pregnancy Counselor
Recently I was speaking with a professional in a neighboring field, and she asked why my title is “Pregnancy Counselor” rather than “Adoption Counselor”. She explained that the impressions she had about pregnancy counselors did not match up with the work I do. She wondered if the term “Adoption Counselor” would conjure a more accurate image. With so many different kinds of pregnancy counselors out there I understand her point, but there is a very good reason why my title is what it is.
February 4, 2016
Genie & Jim, Barker Adoption Foundation Cradle Care Family
We have been blessed to serve as cradle care parents for Barker.  It is hard to believe that ten newborn babes have graced our home.  We came to the Barker Adoption Foundation with experience raising our own five children and briefly with another adoption agency that is no longer in the business.  We underwent an extensive vetting process and met initial and continuing training requirements before commencing our service here.  
February 2, 2016
Marilyn Regier, Executive Director & CEO
Barker's 22nd Annual Adoption & Foster Care Conference:  Connected Lives: A Complex Privilege for the Family of Adoption 
January 21, 2016
Betty Betz, Barker's International Programs Case Manager, joined the Barker Adoption team in 2014.  As you'll read, Betty is driven by far more than a paycheck; she's truly passionate about the key role she plays in connecting and supporting families. 

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