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December 14, 2017
Barker Pregnancy Counselor
What is “Open Adoption” Adoption Anyway? Open adoption is a term that may sound contradictory at first. Yet many birth parents choose open adoption as a way to remain part of their child’s life. A general definition of open adoption is when an adoptive family maintains contact with the birth family of their adopted child. There are many reasons why birth parents choose open adoption and because of those many reasons, open adoption does not have one standard definition.
July 28, 2017
Kate Simpson
So much conversation about adoption centers around adoptive parents, birth parents, and the children who are adopted, but there is one group that often goes unnoticed – the families that tirelessly care for babies during the time when the biological mothers and fathers of the babies are trying to decide what is best for their child. This group of amazing individuals are Barker’s Cradle Care families, and we could not be more grateful for the selfless work that they do.
June 1, 2017
M.Thomas
The Barker Adoption Foundation has partnered with United Way of the National Capital Area, and joined their #DoMore24 giving campaign.
April 6, 2017
Kate Simpson
Pregnant?  Our pregnancy counselors are here to listen and help.
March 27, 2017
Andrea, Adoptive Mother
Wow – the day was here!  We were on our way to the hospital to visit with the birth parents (who we had only met two days prior) and meet our son!  We were incredibly excited, yet probably the most nervous we have ever been!  What do we say?  What if we cry?  Is it ok to hold him?  What if they change their mind?  A million scenarios were racing through our minds.
November 28, 2016
Kate Simpson, Family Specialist
There are a lot of reasons why expectant parents find themselves considering adoption. Unplanned pregnancies may happen during a time when parents can’t financially afford to parent a new child. Pregnancies may happen during a time when expectant parents know that they are not emotionally or logistically ready to provide the environment their baby deserves. Sometimes expectant parents may have been planning to raise their baby, but during the pregnancy life circumstances change and leave them feeling unable to do so.
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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