June 17, 2016
I am always surprised by the calls and emails I receive from adoptive dads around this time of year.   One father of teenagers wrote: “Each Father’s Day as I reflect on my family and our two beautiful daughters, I think about ALL the families made possible through Barker’s presence.”  Another called to read me a note written by his daughter.
February 24, 2016
Susan Campbell, Consultant
Barker's 22nd Annual Adoption & Foster Care Conference is Saturday, March 19 Connected Lives: A Complex Privilege for the Family of Adoption  Click here to download the Conference Brochure 
February 22, 2016
Shelley D. Hutchins, Barker parent, Gala Planning Committee Member
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February 17, 2016
Kate Simpson, Pregnancy Counselor
Recently I was speaking with a professional in a neighboring field, and she asked why my title is “Pregnancy Counselor” rather than “Adoption Counselor”. She explained that the impressions she had about pregnancy counselors did not match up with the work I do. She wondered if the term “Adoption Counselor” would conjure a more accurate image. With so many different kinds of pregnancy counselors out there I understand her point, but there is a very good reason why my title is what it is.
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.
February 4, 2016
Genie & Jim, Barker Adoption Foundation Cradle Care Family
We have been blessed to serve as cradle care parents for Barker.  It is hard to believe that ten newborn babes have graced our home.  We came to the Barker Adoption Foundation with experience raising our own five children and briefly with another adoption agency that is no longer in the business.  We underwent an extensive vetting process and met initial and continuing training requirements before commencing our service here.  
February 2, 2016
Marilyn Regier, Executive Director & CEO
Barker's 22nd Annual Adoption & Foster Care Conference:  Connected Lives: A Complex Privilege for the Family of Adoption 
January 19, 2016
Kathryn Hamm, adoptive parent, author & educator
I never really thought of my family being *that* different until our son entered elementary school. In some ways, this seems like a silly thing for me to say. We are, after all, a Caucasian lesbian couple living in Virginia, and we happened to adopt a black-biracial son. To be honest, I don’t know of another family that looks remotely like us in our neighborhood. 
December 23, 2015
Erica Seivright-Potts, LGSW, Pregnancy Counselor
Grief is real – even during the holidays……
December 16, 2015
Erica Seivright-Potts, LGSW, Pregnancy Counselor
Open adoption happens when potential birth parents/family and prospective adoptive families have personal contact with each other. Conversely, a closed adoption occurs when the adoptive family and birth mother and/or birth father choose not to have contact prior to or after the placement of the child.  In an open adoption, the identities of all parties are known. Open adoption communication and contact agreements differ from one family to another -- and may even change over time -- and generally include letters, e-mails, and/or visits.  

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