January 19, 2016
Kathryn Hamm, adoptive parent, author & educator
I never really thought of my family being *that* different until our son entered elementary school. In some ways, this seems like a silly thing for me to say. We are, after all, a Caucasian lesbian couple living in Virginia, and we happened to adopt a black-biracial son. To be honest, I don’t know of another family that looks remotely like us in our neighborhood. 
December 23, 2015
Erica Seivright-Potts, LGSW, Pregnancy Counselor
Grief is real – even during the holidays……
December 16, 2015
Erica Seivright-Potts, LGSW, Pregnancy Counselor
Open adoption happens when potential birth parents/family and prospective adoptive families have personal contact with each other. Conversely, a closed adoption occurs when the adoptive family and birth mother and/or birth father choose not to have contact prior to or after the placement of the child.  In an open adoption, the identities of all parties are known. Open adoption communication and contact agreements differ from one family to another -- and may even change over time -- and generally include letters, e-mails, and/or visits.  
December 8, 2015
Lisa Hughes, LCSW-C, Family Specialist and Erica Seivright-Potts, LGSW, Pregnancy Counselor
As adoption professionals, we have to remember that not everyone is familiar with positive and current adoption language. However, we still cringe a little when we hear “give up for adoption” when referring to an adoption plan.
November 19, 2015
Lisa Hughes, LCSW-C, Family Specialist
Whether you have worked through grief associated infertility, or you are now able to legally marry your partner (about time!), your decision to build your family through adoption has already been a journey. Domestic Infant Adoption organizations are numerous, and a quick Google search can produce an overwhelming amount of options.  With 70 years of domestic adoption experience, the Barker Adoption Foundation can help you find a reputable agency that meets your needs.  Here are some key factors to consider as you begin.  
November 10, 2015
Heather Gleason, Director of Development
Photo Above: Varda Makovsky (left), Director of Post-Adoption and Family Services, and Heather Mayes Gleason (right), Director of Development, with Angela and Bryan Tucker, the creators of the documentary “Closure." Photo Below: Group of adoption and education professionals gathered to discuss Angela and Bryan Tucker's latest venture.
November 9, 2015
Beverly N. Clarke, LCSW-C, LICSW, Director of Project Wait No Longer, Older Child Adoptions
Our work in Project Wait No Longer, finding families for children who are awaiting permanency in the foster care system, has taught us many things.  It has taught us more about the effects of trauma, the resiliency of children, and the healing that can come from a loving and committed family. 
November 6, 2015
Heather Gleason, Director of Development, and Rebecca Gold, Author and Adoptive Mother
Last month, I had the unique opportunity to attend a writing workshop at Kripalu, a wellness center in the Berkshires.  It was a blissful few days of yoga, meditation, and memoir writing.  I sat in a circle of other writers, each of us anxiously awaiting our turn to openly share the words we had put down to capture our own – often painfully personal – stories.  When I shared my own writing, the pain of my infertility struggle was laced throughout the sentences.  But so, too, were the words I used to describe the unbounded love I have for the daughter I
November 4, 2015
Erica Seivright-Potts, LGSW, Pregnancy Counselor
You may feel overwhelmed with so much to think about now that you’re pregnant. You may have several questions if you’re considering adoption. Here are some common questions birth parents ask: Why choose adoption?  Sometimes, birth parents are not at a point where they are ready to parent a child. As such, providing a stable and loving family for your child may be your first priority. You may consider achieving this through adoption. This decision may be the most courageous and responsible decision you can make for your child.
October 28, 2015
Surina Amin, LGSW - Outreach Coordinator, Project Wait No Longer
The United States is currently facing a crisis.  A crisis that is often not being discussed in the media, during presidential debates, or in conversations at the local coffee shop.  In our country we currently have over 400,000 children in the foster care system.  Over 100,000 of these children are legally free for adoption and, it is estimated that approximately 22,000 of these children age out of the foster care system every year without a family. These children are amongst the most vulnerable youth in America, and we see it as our responsibility to help find families for them.  

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