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November 23, 2015
Surina Amin, LGSW - Outreach Coordinator, Project Wait No Longer
The Barker Adoption Foundation is proud to be the gold sponsor for the upcoming Adoption and Foster Care Expo being held on Saturday, December 5th from 11am to 3pm at the Carnegie Library - 801 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001.
November 20, 2015
Surina Amin, LGSW - Outreach Coordinator, Project Wait No Longer
Tune in tonight - Friday November 20th at 7pm to the Marty and Katina show on Brite Radio to hear from Beverly Clarke, Director of Project Wait No Longer, as she speaks about the needs of children who are currently awaiting adoption from the US foster care system.  There are currently over 100,000 children awaiting adoption in the US foster care system, most of whom are over the age of 11.  Project Wait No Longer is dedicated to finding families for the children who are most at risk of "aging out" of the system without a family.  
November 10, 2015
Heather Gleason, Director of Development
Photo Above: Varda Makovsky (left), Director of Post-Adoption and Family Services, and Heather Mayes Gleason (right), Director of Development, with Angela and Bryan Tucker, the creators of the documentary “Closure." Photo Below: Group of adoption and education professionals gathered to discuss Angela and Bryan Tucker's latest venture.
November 9, 2015
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 the PWNL Newsletter here, in the Barker Blog.  Here is one short feature shared in the November issue:
November 9, 2015
Beverly N. Clarke, LCSW-C, LICSW, Director of Project Wait No Longer, Older Child Adoptions
Our work in Project Wait No Longer, finding families for children who are awaiting permanency in the foster care system, has taught us many things.  It has taught us more about the effects of trauma, the resiliency of children, and the healing that can come from a loving and committed family. 
November 8, 2015
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 Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00pm.
November 6, 2015
Heather Gleason, Director of Development, and Rebecca Gold, Author and Adoptive Mother
Last month, I had the unique opportunity to attend a writing workshop at Kripalu, a wellness center in the Berkshires.  It was a blissful few days of yoga, meditation, and memoir writing.  I sat in a circle of other writers, each of us anxiously awaiting our turn to openly share the words we had put down to capture our own – often painfully personal – stories.  When I shared my own writing, the pain of my infertility struggle was laced throughout the sentences.  But so, too, were the words I used to describe the unbounded love I have for the daughter I
November 3, 2015
Please join Barker for a provocative and important presentation on a subject too-seldom explored: what black Americans think about transracial adoption.  The featured speaker is Rhonda Roorda, a highly regarded national presenter on transracial adoption, who herself was adopted into a white family.
October 28, 2015
Surina Amin, LGSW - Outreach Coordinator, Project Wait No Longer
The United States is currently facing a crisis.  A crisis that is often not being discussed in the media, during presidential debates, or in conversations at the local coffee shop.  In our country we currently have over 400,000 children in the foster care system.  Over 100,000 of these children are legally free for adoption and, it is estimated that approximately 22,000 of these children age out of the foster care system every year without a family. These children are amongst the most vulnerable youth in America, and we see it as our responsibility to help find families for them.  
October 26, 2015
Surina Amin, LGSW - Outreach Coordinator, Project Wait No Longer
Recently, the Child Welfare Information Gateway released a factsheet titled “Supporting Youth in Foster Care in Making Healthy Choices: A Guide for Caregivers and Caseworkers on Trauma, Treatment and Psychotropic Medications”, which is available for FREE through their website.  The guide touches on important topics including:

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