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
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:
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 27, 2015
Amy Rogers Nazarov, Writer and Barker Parent
On the last night of my eight-year-old son's summer vacation, I scan my memory - and my Instagram feed - to see if it was enough. If we had "enough" fun. If we made meaningful memories. Whether we had the right ratio of enriching experiences to lazy afternoons, whether we kept up with his reading practice and whether we blew off his 8pm bedtime enough nights that he felt like he was getting away with something slightly illicit. I'm pleased to say I think we pulled it off, my little family and I, and the lovely people with whom we shared this summer's fleeting days.
June 30, 2015
Marilyn C. Regier, Ph.D., LCSW-C, Barker Adoption Foundation Executive Director and CEO
Little girls often engage in the common childhood pastime of pretending to be pregnant, but it would be a rare individual indeed who would ever dress-rehearse infertility as a future problem. Unless individuals have pre-existing medical problems, they assume they will easily conceive a child. Not only do they expect that starting a family will be easy, but some also utilize birth control methods to make certain that a baby's arrival will be conveniently planned and timed.
June 30, 2015
Patricia Irwin Johnston
Respectful Adoption Language (RAL) is vocabulary about adoption that has been chosen to reflect maximum respect, dignity, responsibility and objectivity about the decisions made by birthparents and adoptive parents in discussing the family planning decisions they have made for children who have been adopted.
January 27, 2015
Link: Family's holiday card goes viral for all the right reasons

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