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?
June 9, 2017
M. Thomas
When an adoptive family travels to pick up their new child in the child’s birth country, as an international adoption coordinator, I am anxious during that first week when they meet their child, and breathe easier after the week has passed if I haven’t heard from them.  Why? Because while everyone expects it to be a week of great joy and happiness, I know from my own experience it can be quite the opposite. You see, before I became an adoption professional, I was an adoptive mom.
May 5, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
 
April 11, 2017
Margeline Thomas
"A Family Is What You Make It" That’s what National Public Radio Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep says.
March 1, 2017
Jennifer, Barker Parent
On an otherwise uneventful Friday in late November 2015, I opened my email to find a message about a little boy from Ann Morrison, the director of the domestic adoption program at Barker. He was two years old, had big beautiful eyes, lived in China, and was diagnosed with hemophilia. My husband and I were approved and waiting for a domestic adoption match, but Ann knew that our hearts were pulling us toward adopting a toddler and Barker was hoping to find that little boy’s family quickly due to his medical needs, so she sent us a little information just in case.

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