In honor of Fathers Day which is June 16th I’d like to thank all of the fathers who have been involved with Project Wait No Longer or as a mentor/foster parent to any child in the foster care system. I would also like to share the inspirational story of one of PWNL’s single dads! Sam was matched with his son DeWayne from Washington in 2010, when DeWayne was 10 years old.
Most people in the adoption and foster care field are familiar with the inspirational blockbuster film The Blind Side which is the story of Michael Oher and the Tuohy family. Well, if you thought that was a great story you have to check out the new show Family Addition.
Last weekend we celebrated The Barker Foundation’s Annual Picnic. Lots of Project Wait No Longer families attended with their children! The three boys shown above are all children who found their forever homes through PWNL.
Link: The Adoption Clubhouse - A Place for Adopted Children and Their Parents to Know What's on the Mind of Young Adoptees. The National Adoption center has launched an exciting website specifically for adopted children ages 8 - 13, their parents and others interested in knowing what’s on the minds of young adoptees.
DC Family and Youth Initiative is the only DC area organization focused exclusively on helping teens in foster care make lifelong connections with caring adults. They create enriching lifetime relationships for youth at risk of aging out of foster care. They match youth with host parents and mentors as well as helping youth find adoptive families. Learn more by visiting: http://www.dcfyi.org/volunteer-dcfyi.
About The Workshop: Current estimates of sexual abuse among children in foster and adoptive placement range from 75% to 85%. Given the high incidence of sexual abuse among children who are entering adoption, it is imperative that adoptive families understand the facts of abuse as well as their respective roles in the healing process. Equally important is the individual’s level of comfort in discussing sexual abuse and normal sexual issues.
A few weeks ago we hosted The Barker Foundations Annual Conference. We had an excellent turn out of individuals invested in all spectrums of adoption. One of my favorite workshops was held by Chauncey Strong, MSW, LGSW. Mr. Strong is the Fairfax County Department of Family Services Foster Care Supervisor, Board Member for the Foster Care Alumni of America and an adopted person.
I attended training in Delaware this past weekend regarding an organization that is promoting child sexual abuse prevention & awareness training. The training provides you with video testimonials from actual survivors of child sexual abuse and from experts who deal with sexual abuse and its prevention. Hearing about this effort made me think about this topic in relation to the children we work to place through PWNL.
The Barker Adoption Foundation welcomes adoption applications from couples and individuals of all religious and ethnic backgrounds, and all sexual orientations and gender expressions.
The Barker Adoption Foundation, with offices in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. is a nonprofit adoption agency. We support birth parents and their families, as well as adoptive parents and adoptees with lifelong adoption-related services.