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June 21, 2018
M. Thomas
It's the first day of summer and you may have your days planned out, but if you are still looking for things to do with your family here are a few picks! Love theme parks? Here are a few places with rides and games for the whole family: 
February 28, 2018
Lisa - Barker Parent
My husband and I always planned on adopting children.
February 13, 2018
Barker Staff
What do you get when you have a heart that yearns to give and vision? Nala's amazing story of kindness!  
January 16, 2018
Alex Williams, MSW - Community Outreach and Recruitment Specialist
January is National Mentor Month so now is a great time to learn about the CONNECT Mentor Program and why it matters! The CONNECT Mentor Program is aimed at pairing adults who spent time in foster care or who were adopted with teens adopted through our older child adoption program, Project Wait No Longer. The goal is for our teens to build strong relationships within their communities with mentors who can relate to their experiences. 
November 16, 2017
Children enter the foster care system for various reasons, but one thing remains the same...how that makes them feel. Entering the foster care system greatly impacts children's self-worth and self-image as they are constantly filled by internal feelings of unworthiness, not being loved, feeling forgotten and scared because of their ever changing circumstances. 
October 2, 2017
Beverly Clarke, LCSW-C, LISCW - Program Director, Project Wait No Longer
As a fan of the TV show This Is Us, I was thrilled to see them exploring the topic of Older Child Adoption in the Season 2 series premiere last week.  While we don’t know yet where the plot is heading (and we know that TV does not always mirror real life) it is nice to even see such a main stream TV show bring awareness to a topic that can so often be overlooked.  This Is Us, has been heralded by many as being a show on NBC that is working hard to “get it right” when exploring the themes of adoption and this latest installment in
September 1, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Currently there are 400,000 children in foster care, with 100,000 of those kids waiting to be adopted. A majority of the children waiting are age 10 and over. When a child reaches the age of 10, they are about 50% less likely to be adopted. Luckily, for this 18 year old in California, he finally has a family to call his own. Below is the story of Carson, who entered the Peterson's home at age 15, and after 15 years in the foster system was adopted into the Petersen family. 
August 1, 2017
Becca York
 The time has come – you’re gearing up for your international travel to bring your child into their forever family. The anxiety has started to set in – what on Earth are you going to do for hours on a plane with your toddler?  We came accross a great article with practical things you can do to keep your little entertained during this exciting, yet LONG flight home!
June 22, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
"Oh, age 12? I'm not sure I can handle an 'almost teenager'." As the Outreach Specialist for Project Wait No Longer, the older child adoption program at Barker that focuses on placing kids 12 and older out of foster care with adoptive families, I hear this concern often from prospective parents. With the average age of children in foster care being 10, the reality is that we have more tweens and teens waiting in care who need families more than ever. So what does parenting a tween or teen actually entail?

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