September 4, 2015
Erica Seivright-Potts, LGSW, Pregnancy Counselor
When making an adoption plan, birth parents have many thoughts running through their minds. They wonder what others will think of them and their decision to place. All birth parents think of the following at some point and want everyone to know:
August 31, 2015
Erica Seivright-Potts, LGSW, Pregnancy Counselor
You have decided to make an adoption plan. Your roommate(s), family, friends or coworkers may be aware of your pregnancy or that you had a baby. Naturally, they will inquire about your future plans for yourself and baby. They may even want to help to plan a baby shower for you or recommend day care providers. This might be an awkward moment to inform them of your intention of making an adoption plan for your baby.  Ultimately, who you choose to inform about your decision to make an adoption plan is your choice. Here are some suggestions that you may find helpful:
August 31, 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 your search.  
July 21, 2015
Varda Makovsky, Director of Family and Post-Adoption Services
I am very excited that Barker’s Department of Family and Post-Adoption Services is introducing the Barker Book Club for 2015/2016! We decided to create this forum because books are a great way to bring together people with common interests to share ideas and discuss issues of mutual interest and concern.  We have all been in the situation where we have just finished a great book which has raised thoughts and questions, and really want to “process” the contents, but did not have anybody else to share those thoughts with.
June 30, 2015
Marilyn C. Regier, Ph.D., LCSW-C, Barker Adoption Foundation Executive Director and CEO
Little girls often engage in the common childhood pastime of pretending to be pregnant, but it would be a rare individual indeed who would ever dress-rehearse infertility as a future problem. Unless individuals have pre-existing medical problems, they assume they will easily conceive a child. Not only do they expect that starting a family will be easy, but some also utilize birth control methods to make certain that a baby's arrival will be conveniently planned and timed.
June 30, 2015
Patricia Irwin Johnston
Respectful Adoption Language (RAL) is vocabulary about adoption that has been chosen to reflect maximum respect, dignity, responsibility and objectivity about the decisions made by birthparents and adoptive parents in discussing the family planning decisions they have made for children who have been adopted.
June 29, 2015
Laura Berol
Imagine you’re in a room full of people, having a good time—until someone makes a troubling comment about adoption. Even though the rest of the party keeps going, for you everything stops. It’s as if the projectionist just switched off the film, brought up the house lights, and asked you what you’re going to do next. Will you smile tolerantly? Will you seize this teachable moment? How will people feel about you—and, more importantly, how will you feel about yourself—after everything is over? 
June 29, 2015
Shelley D. Hutchins, Barker Parent
Our son experienced his first return to his homeland as an adoptee, a violinist, a diplomat, and a 9-year-old.
June 10, 2015
Robin Allen, Former Executive Director of The Barker Adoption Foundation
*This article first appeared in Resolve; March 1989 issue; Vol 11 No. 2, and is reprinted, (with the author's changes) with permission of the author.
February 25, 2015
This story, From Foster Care to Freshman Year, was covered by NPR in early January. It sat at the back of my mind for a few weeks as I thought about my role as an adoption professional. The fact that 20,000 children are aging out of foster care each year continues to fuel my passion to recruit, license and train more pre-adoptive families who are committed to adopting older youth from the foster care system.

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