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August 4, 2017
Everyone knows that parents with an infant need as much social support as possible. A new study has found that parents of teens also need as much social support as those with newborns. In particular, if you are parenting an adopted older child, supports are essential to solidifying a bond with your teen. Below is an article from NPR detailing the findings of this study.   
July 31, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Anyone who works in child welfare or has fostered/adopted from the child welfare system knows that an overwhelming percentage of children in foster care are diagnosed with ADHD. In fact, children in foster care are three times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD. While it has become a common diagnosis, researchers and clinicians have recently begun to study the relationship between ADHD symptoms and trauma.
June 22, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
"Oh, age 12? I'm not sure I can handle an 'almost teenager'." As the Outreach Specialist for Project Wait No Longer, the older child adoption program at Barker that focuses on placing kids 12 and older out of foster care with adoptive families, I hear this concern often from prospective parents. With the average age of children in foster care being 10, the reality is that we have more tweens and teens waiting in care who need families more than ever. So what does parenting a tween or teen actually entail?
June 16, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Watch this amazing clip of Comfort Cases founders Rob and Reece tell their story of adoption from foster care. In 2009, Rob and Reece were placed with a sibling group of two children and four months later, got a call to foster another sibling group of two, increasing their family from just the two of them to a family of six with four young children. Rob recounts that one of their children hoarded food, one couldn't talk and couldn't walk, and another didn't know what it felt like to be hugged.
June 6, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Ending the Silence Around Mental Health for Parents and Their Teens  When: June 14th, 2017 7-8PM Where: Leesburg Church at 865 Lee Ave. SW Leesburg, VA 20175                  
June 1, 2017
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The Barker Adoption Foundation has partnered with United Way of the National Capital Area, and joined their #DoMore24 giving campaign.
May 31, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
     
May 26, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
You may or may not have heard of the Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why. The show depicts many issues that affect teens today, including bullying, sexual assault, and suicide. It can be difficult as a parent to decipher whether or not to even allow kids to watch it, but if you do allow them, how to talk to them about the issues that arise. In her blog post, Kayla Marston, an elementary school couselor talks about the concerns regarding 13 Reasons Why as well as how to address them.  Here are a few of the concerns:
May 5, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
 
April 26, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
     

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