February 22, 2016
Shelley D. Hutchins, Barker parent, Gala Planning Committee Member
On March 5, The Barker Ad
February 16, 2016
Heather M. Gleason, former Director of Development
The text came in saying: “At WoHop! Table for 10 is ready! Can’t wait to cu!”
February 12, 2016
Sharon Vandivere, Barker parent
In late January 2016, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution honoring the life of my neighbor and friend, Anita Datar, the American victim in the November 20th terrorist attack in Mali.
February 2, 2016
Amy Eldridge, Executive Director of Love Without Boundaries
When many people think of an orphanage, I think they often envision babies and toddlers. I used to be one of those people myself. On my many trips to China, however, I began meeting and falling in love with the older children who have grown up in institutions, many who never had any true chance of finding a permanent home. Their faces and stories are in my heart forever now, and sadly many of my memories of these great kids involve tears.
February 2, 2016
Marilyn Regier, Executive Director & CEO
Barker's 22nd Annual Adoption & Foster Care Conference:  Connected Lives: A Complex Privilege for the Family of Adoption 
February 1, 2016
This past Sunday, after a long, post-blizzard week, 70 members of the Barker community -- including many toddlers and young children -- attended Barker's Hispanic Heritage Celebration, held at Los Tios Grill in Alexandria, Virginia.
January 21, 2016
Betty Betz, Barker's International Programs Case Manager, joined the Barker Adoption team in 2014.  As you'll read, Betty is driven by far more than a paycheck; she's truly passionate about the key role she plays in connecting and supporting families. 
January 19, 2016
Kathryn Hamm, adoptive parent, author & educator
I never really thought of my family being *that* different until our son entered elementary school. In some ways, this seems like a silly thing for me to say. We are, after all, a Caucasian lesbian couple living in Virginia, and we happened to adopt a black-biracial son. To be honest, I don’t know of another family that looks remotely like us in our neighborhood. 
December 8, 2015
Lisa Hughes, LCSW-C, Family Specialist and Erica Seivright-Potts, LGSW, Pregnancy Counselor
As adoption professionals, we have to remember that not everyone is familiar with positive and current adoption language. However, we still cringe a little when we hear “give up for adoption” when referring to an adoption plan.
December 4, 2015
Betty Betz, International Programs Case Manager
In November, a group of 8 doctors and residents from Riley International Adoption Clinic and Indiana University School of Medicine traveled to China to spend some time at Barker’s partnership orphanages. The doctors visited with children from 4 orphanages and performed developmental assessments and care plans for over 100 children.

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