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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.
February 16, 2016
Heather M. Gleason, former Director of Development
The text came in saying: “At WoHop! Table for 10 is ready! Can’t wait to cu!”
February 12, 2016
Sharon Vandivere, Barker parent
In late January 2016, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution honoring the life of my neighbor and friend, Anita Datar, the American victim in the November 20th terrorist attack in Mali.
December 1, 2015
Surina Amin, LGSW - Outreach Coordinator, Project Wait No Longer
As we culminate adoption month it gives us a great opportunity to reflect on various areas of adoption. One of the most vital voices of adoption comes from adopted persons. Buzzfeed recently released a video where adopted persons share their perspective “I’m Adopted, but I’m Not…” 
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
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.  
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:

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