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March 30, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
A Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) diagnosis often times can give children in foster care a scary and misunderstood label. Often, adoptive parents aren't particularly sure what RAD is or exactly what it looks like. While it may not be the right choice for some families, adoptive parents should be aware of the realities and implications of RAD before making a decision.
March 28, 2017
Alex Williams, PWNL's Outreach Coordinator is holding a workshop tomorrow, March 29th, 2017 at 7PM in Leesburg! Are you or someone you know interested in older child adoption, or are just passionate about being an active citizen? Attend our workshop to learn about why children enter the foster care system, the experiences they have, and ways that individuals, families, and communities can help address the growing number of children in need of permanent families. 
March 17, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Watch the story of the Bailey Family, whose beliefs led them to adopt from Foster Care. With or without the beliefs expressed in the video, there's no doubt that Chase and thousands of kids like him deserve a loving, forever family, no matter what age. .
March 13, 2017
Alex Williams
Top 6 Things to Remember When Reviewing Child Files  By Beverly Clarke, PWNL Program Director       
March 1, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Want to speak with and hear from Barker Staff during Expo Workshops? Adoption A-Z (11:30-12:30 and 1:30-2:30):  Hear about older child adoption and Project Wait No Longer (PWNL), Barker's older child adoption program from Alex Williams, PWNL Outreach Coordinator and Beverly Clarke, PWNL Program Director. Tina Ji, Barker's International Program Director will be speaking about international adoption and all of Barker's international programs. 
February 22, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Watch the story of how Alexandre and Franciso, adoptive parents from Brazil, found themselves adopting a sibling group of three boys. While they were originally searching for  one child under the age of six, after meeting siblings Patrick (12), Pablo (9), and Gabriel(6), Alexandre and Francisco couldn't adopt just one of them. In Brazil, many children who are "mixed race" are considered un-adoptable and additionally, like the United States, children over the age of six are less likely to be adopted.
February 3, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Keep Up with PWNL by Reading Our Monthly Newsletter! If you haven't had a chance to read our newsletter, please take the time to catch up on what's been going on in PWNL! Click on each image to read more. 
January 31, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Entering the foster care system at just one year of age, 21 year old Noel Anaya shares his story in an NPR news segment. From his judge mispronouncing his name and stating "Everyone pronounces it differently" to Noel sharing the story of he and his five siblings being shuffled between foster homes, group homes, shelters, and incarceration; the segment highlights the cracks in a system that is supposed to protect children who are vulnerable.  His time in foster care was spent wishing for a family to call his own.
January 4, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Check out this FREE workshop presented by Hope for Mental Health about the mental heath concerns that arise in teens from intense academic and social pressure. 
December 23, 2016
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
One unique aspect of adopting an older child is the fact that your child will have connections and relationships with other adults who may have acted in the role of a parent, whether it be a biological, foster, or adoptive parent. In a time of stress, it is a very real possibility that your child will utter the phrases "You're not my real mom or dad" or "I'd rather live with my real family". As a parent, this can sting, but it is important to be prepared to respond in a way that offers support and puts your child's needs before your feelings. 

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