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April 19, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Formed Families Forward is hosting a family fun day for all adoptive and foster families next Saturday, April 29th! Keynote Speaker, Dr. Bruce Thyer, will give a presentation on "What Really Works and Doesn't Work for Tough Kids" and families will have their choice of breakout sessions including a Q&A with Dr. Thyer and a presentation on "Cruising Through Conflict: How Kinship and Other Formed Families Can Keep the Peace". There will also be a teen breakout session, "Poetry in Motion: The Rap Connection".
April 5, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Helping teens navigate safety when it comes to technology can be difficult for parents - especially parents who have recently adopted their older child. Often, teens come into your home with already established habits and routines when it comes to their phones and social media, so it is helpful to set rules and guidelines to ensure they are using technology in a safe and healthy way. Read the article below from an adoptive mom who is just beginning her journey of raising teenagers. 
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.

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