June 14, 2016
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Almost all children in foster care have experienced some sort of trauma. As parents, it can often be difficult to understand what they are going through or to know how to help. Luckily, there are numerous community resources you can utilize that could help navigate how to help your child who has experienced trauma. Below are two FREE events focused on learning ways to help children overcome trauma and succeed. See details below.
June 7, 2016
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Transracial adoption has historically been a controversial subject in the field of adoption. The reality is that when parents enter into transracial adoption without the right preparation, children and families can suffer.  In an article written by April Dinwoodie, the Chief Executive of the Donaldson Adoption Institute, she recounts her childhood growing up as a mixed race child adopted to Caucasian parents; “Back in the 1970s, my parents were not encouraged by professionals to acknowledge racial difference. Rather, they were glossed over… I am a mixed-race person, and everyone knew it.
May 25, 2016
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
It’s almost Memorial Day weekend, the sun will hopefully be shining, and it will be a good time to take your kids out for some fun!  Here are some local activities that can be memorable for the entire family!
May 24, 2016
Do More 24, coming on Thursday, June 2, is a 24-hour fundraising effort organized by United Way of the National Capital Area that brings together nonprofit organizations (more than 600), companies and regular people committed to making a difference locally. This focused “movement” encourages donors to contribute to the causes and organizations closest to their hearts to help solve this region’s most pressing social challenges.  
May 16, 2016
Surina Amin, LGSW - Outreach Coordinator, Project Wait No Longer
Each month Project Wait No Longer offers updates and insights through its very popular newsletter.  You can sign up to receive it directly through U.S.P.S. mail by emailing Namatie Mansaray at                                                     nmansaray@barkerfoundation.org, or, you can now find it monthly in the Barker Blog.
April 6, 2016
Surina Amin, LGSW - Outreach Coordinator, Project Wait No Longer
During the month of April, Crave restaurant is partnering with The Barker Adoption Foundation as the Crave Cares Partner to help raise money and awarenss for our agency. From April 6th through May 4th, Crave restaurant (at Montgomery Mall) will allow customers to "round up" their checks and that portion will be donated to Barker to help support adoptive families, adopted persons and birth parents.
April 1, 2016
Anna Beers, Program Assistant, Project Wait No Longer
Each month Project Wait No Longer offers updates and insights through its very popular newsletter.  You can sign up to receive it directly in your good old fashioned U.S.P.S. mailbox by emailing Anna Beers at abeers@barkerfoundation.org, or, you can now find it in the Barker Blog, clicking here, or on the image. 
March 21, 2016
Surina Amin, LGSW - Outreach Coordinator, Project Wait No Longer
PRIDE (Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education) is a nationally recognized training model used for families who are interested in adopting an older child from the foster care system. Classes are held at the Bethesda office over a period of 4 Saturday's from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Families have the opportunity to learn about adoption from the foster care system and to better understand the needs of children who are being placed through Project Wait No Longer (PWNL).
March 8, 2016
Surina Amin, LGSW - Outreach Coordinator, Project Wait No Longer
Before you know it, it will be time to begin thinking about a college education for your child (and how you will be paying for it!).  Many of you may already be thinking about and planning for this time.  Below is a list of resources for D.C., Maryland, and Virginia families interested in securing a college education for their child who has been in foster care or was adopted at an older age. Additionally, if your child was adopted outside of the local area, you may want to check the resources available from that state, as many offer similar opportunities.
March 1, 2016
Anna Beers, Program Assistant, Project Wait No Longer
Each month Project Wait No Longer offers updates and insights through its very popular newsletter.  You can sign up to receive it directly in your good old fashioned U.S.P.S.

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