January 23, 2017
Varda Makovsky, Director or Family & Post Adoption Services
We advise anyone who is interested in adoption to see the movie “Lion.” There are many beautiful (and wrenching) aspects of this movie, but one of the aspects we found especially poignant was how technology and the internet can affect adoption.
December 21, 2016
Andrea, Adoptive Mother
Three years ago, my husband and I started the adoption process.  I distinctly remember the information session we attended on December 7, 2013.  I still have my information packet with hand written notes about the different programs!  As I sat in a room with approximately 40 other people, I quickly realized that the adoption process was just that, a process.  I also quickly understood why it was a process; these children deserve every background check, finger print, and home inspection asked of us.   
November 23, 2016
Barker Staff
Each Thanksgiving, the Barker staff reflects with special gratitude on the many families who open their hearts and homes to waiting children. As we celebrate Giving Tuesday, I know you are also inspired and grateful to be a part of this great unfinished work.  Here are lives you’ve helped us touch in recent months:
Categories: Events, Inspiration
November 16, 2016
Stephany West, Program Assistant
When thinking what our domestic infant team could do to help honor Adoption Month, we decided to shine some light on those who work silently and tirelessly behind the scenes – hospital staff. So we decided to deliver baskets of goodies for those who staff the hospitals, pregnancy centers, and clinics that we work with in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
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September 23, 2016
After a fun-filled sunny day on Sunday, it is safe to say the Barker tradition of the annual picnic being one of the highlights of the year for the Barker community continues strong. In fact, we were thrilled to see over 150 of you at the picnic!
September 23, 2016
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
One of our very own PWNL Moms has been recognized as one of the best Adoptive Mom Blogs of 2016 by Healthline for her blog, Adoptive Black Mom.  Adoptive Black Mom chronicles her adoption journey from the searching process to her every day parenting struggles in an honest and relatable way and gives a voice to people of color involved in adoption. Adoptive Black Mom is a captivating and thoughtful account of what it is like to not only parent a child who has a history of trauma, but what it is like to do it as a single African American mother.
September 9, 2016
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
When Abby's adoption finalization hearing was scheduled for the same day as her first day of school, her entire class came to support her big day! Read the heart warming story of Abby, a 10 year old former foster youth with special needs, being able to share her momentous day with not only her family, but her friends and classmates as well. Abby had been living with her foster mom, Anne, for three years prior to being adopted into the family. "It doesn't get old, Abby is my eighth adoption, and I can honestly say that each one is unique and wonderful every time.
August 16, 2016
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Despite all of the obstacles in his way, James Turner was able to graduate from high school, excel in track, and get accepted to college. After being in 17 foster homes and aging out without a forever family, James has found a community of support in positive adults and other mentors who he can lean on. Watch the video below to hear his story and learn what he plans to do to better the lives of other foster youth. 
June 24, 2016
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
In case you missed it, watch this little girl's adoption finalization become even more special with a lot of hard work and a little magic.   
April 6, 2016
Heather M. Gleason, former Director of Development, freelance writer
This week’s freakishly winter-like weather has made it even harder to get back into the groove of the school week after an extended Spring break spent in Caribbean sunshine.  This morning as we looked for winter coats in early April, loaded lunchboxes and checked on homework, I mentioned to my 4th grade daughter that we had Chinese lessons after school.

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