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 3, 2015
Please join Barker for a provocative and important presentation on a subject too-seldom explored: what black Americans think about transracial adoption.  The featured speaker is Rhonda Roorda, a highly regarded national presenter on transracial adoption, who herself was adopted into a white family.
October 21, 2015
As part of its mission to provide life-long support to all members of the adoption circle, The Barker Adoption Foundation facilitates six ongoing monthly peer support/discussion groups: Adopted Persons’ Discussion Group: Meets on the third Thursday of each month from 7:00-9:00 PM. This group is open to any adopted person over the age of 18 and topics discussed include exploring adoptive identity, relationships with adoptive families and birth family (if applicable) and feelings about search and reunion.
October 19, 2015
The Barker Adoption Foundation is excited to announce its 2015 Kids Art Contest! 
October 14, 2015
Thanks to a grant from the Takoma Foundation, Barker's Director of Family and Post-Adoption Services visited Takoma Park Elementary School and conducted a staff training in adoption awareness.  More than 60 staff members joined a thoughtful discussion that ranged from integrating postitive adoption language into their classrooms to handling tricky family-related assignments.  Read more about it at Takoma Foundation's website.
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October 1, 2015
Varda Makovsky, LSCW-C, Director of Family and Post-Adoption Services
Last night was the first meeting of the Barker Book Club!  A great group of adoptive parents and adopted adults joined Varda Makovsky, Barker’s Director of Family and Post Adoption Services for a lively discussion on the book “Ghosts of Sangju: A Memoir of Reconciliation.” The book, by first time author Soojung Jo, was rich in themes related to adoptive identity, transracial adoption, search and reunion, which assured a lively and interesting conversation.
September 23, 2015
Dozens of professionals from around the region gathered at Barker’s Bethesda office yesterday to talk about a very important subject.  Dr. Jennifer Shaw, Co-Founder of the Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery & Education, provided participants with an outstanding training session focused on Children and Youth with a History of Sexual Trauma: Understanding the Impact and Facilitating Family-Focused Recovery.
September 22, 2015
Heather Mayes Gleason
A deliberate fundraising effort to obtain oft-elusive money for communications and marketing projects ultimately led to the successful launch of a brand new, mission-critical website at The Barker Adoption Foundation in September 2015 --www.barkeradoptionfoundation.org.  The new website comes at a pivotal time in the world of adoption, and will allow Barker to better reach all of its stakeholders with its ethical adopt
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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 26, 2015
Thanks to the support of the Barker community, 30 infants and toddlers in GuangXi Province, China, no longer have to sleep on mats the floor.  Barker friends and families raised funds to purchase 30 new cribs, bedding, and mattresses so the children will now have a warm, safe place to sleep.

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