On an otherwise uneventful Friday in late November 2015, I opened my email to find a message about a little boy from Ann Morrison, the director of the domestic adoption program at Barker. He was two years old, had big beautiful eyes, lived in China, and was diagnosed with hemophilia. My husband and I were approved and waiting for a domestic adoption match, but Ann knew that our hearts were pulling us toward adopting a toddler and Barker was hoping to find that little boy’s family quickly due to his medical needs, so she sent us a little information just in case.
Lunar New Year 2017 will be celebrated January 28th this year. This holiday is recognized in many countries, including China, Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and more. The New Year starts with the first new moon and ends 15 days later, when the moon is full, with the Lantern Festival.
Adoption Month is a special time of the year to highlight families brought together by adoption. We would like to highlight a few of our families who have previously adopted from Barker’s International Programs. Adoption may look different among programs, states and countries but they all have the same outcome, adoption creates families.
I am always surprised by the calls and emails I receive from adoptive dads around this time of year. One father of teenagers wrote: “Each Father’s Day as I reflect on my family and our two beautiful daughters, I think about ALL the families made possible through Barker’s presence.” Another called to read me a note written by his daughter.
Reports came out this week that the number of domestic adoptions within India has dropped by half, hitting a five-year low with 3,011 children adopted in fiscal year 2015/2016. This is down from the highest number in 2011/2012 when 5,964 domestic adoptions took place.
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.
Eileen Wharton, MSW, International Programs Clinical Specialist
Jordan Windle and Tatyana McFadden are both amazing athletes preparing for the 2016 Summer Olympic games in Rio, to represent the United States of America. Besides being Olympic-level athletes, they have a few other things in common. Both Jordan and Tatyana were adopted internationally and they both have written books about adoption. Here is a bit more information about each of these amazing athletes who we hope will see gold this summer!
According to the report, CARA will be responsible for maintaining information on the details of surrendered children as well as details on abandoned children that include where the child was found, who brought them in and when.
CARA is also considering keeping DNA of every child adopted as well as that of the person who surrenders the child in an effort to make sure they are related and help prevent child trafficking.
The U.S. State Department has released international adoption statistics for FY2015 which covers visas issued between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015. The numbers of incoming adoptions to the U.S. fell for the 11th straight year in a row from the high in 2004 of 22,991. For 2015, the total of 5,648 reflects a 12% drop from the 2014 total of 6,438.
The top 3 countries from which these children came in 2015 were:
China with 2,354
Ethiopia with 335
South Korea with 318
The top 3 states that these children went to were:
Heather M. Gleason, former Director of Development, freelance writer
This week’s freakishly winter-like weather has made it even harder to get back into the groove of the school week after an extended Spring break spent in Caribbean sunshine. This morning as we looked for winter coats in early April, loaded lunchboxes and checked on homework, I mentioned to my 4th grade daughter that we had Chinese lessons after school.
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.