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October 5, 2015
Sue Hollar, Associate Director, LCSW-C, LICSW
Last week, Sue Hollar, Associate Director and Tina Ji, International Programs Director, participated in a two-day adoption symposium hosted by the US Department of State. The symposium, titled “A Collaborative Future for Adoption,” included representatives from The Council on Accreditation, US-Citizen Immigration Services (US-CIS), and adoption agencies from around the country and provided the opportunity to discuss ways that the aforementioned groups can streamline processes and collaborate on issues designed to improve permanency options for children.
October 2, 2015
Betty Betz, International Programs Case Manager
Having an older adopted child myself, I have always been interested in hearing the perspectives of the child on their adoption, particularly those that were adopted as an older child through international adoption.  Below are some ideas for parents adopting an older child internationally that came straight from these young adults. 
September 30, 2015
Varda Makovsky, LCSW-C, Director, Family and Post-Adoption Services
Sunday’s Washington Post Outlook section featured two different stories about evolving adoptee connection with birth family:
September 10, 2015
Betty Betz, International Programs Case Manager
CARA (Central Adoption Resource Agency) recently announced new Guidelines Governing Adoption of Children, 2015 which went into effect August 1, 2015. The intent of these new guidelines is to reduce the wait time for adoptions from India as well as to make the process more transparent.  Significant changes include:
July 21, 2015
Varda Makovsky, Director of Family and Post-Adoption Services
I am very excited that Barker’s Department of Family and Post-Adoption Services is introducing the Barker Book Club for 2015/2016! We decided to create this forum because books are a great way to bring together people with common interests to share ideas and discuss issues of mutual interest and concern.  We have all been in the situation where we have just finished a great book which has raised thoughts and questions, and really want to “process” the contents, but did not have anybody else to share those thoughts with.
July 16, 2015
Jianfeng's Forever (Barker) Family
Our journey to Jianfeng would never have been possible without the efforts of so many people and organizations. He has been loved, prayed for, and cared about by everyone who has heard his name. Jianfeng’s adoption is not our story alone.
June 29, 2015
Shelley D. Hutchins, Barker Parent
Our son experienced his first return to his homeland as an adoptee, a violinist, a diplomat, and a 9-year-old.
June 29, 2015
Laura Berol
Imagine you’re in a room full of people, having a good time—until someone makes a troubling comment about adoption. Even though the rest of the party keeps going, for you everything stops. It’s as if the projectionist just switched off the film, brought up the house lights, and asked you what you’re going to do next. Will you smile tolerantly? Will you seize this teachable moment? How will people feel about you—and, more importantly, how will you feel about yourself—after everything is over? 
June 29, 2015
The Butler Rothchild family has been a Barker family since 2007. The Barker Foundation helped bring their family together when Christopher Butler and Jennifer Rothchild adopted their daughter Laxmi from Nepal in 2011 and their daughter Xiang from China in 2012.
June 26, 2015
Thanks to the support of the Barker community, 30 infants and toddlers in GuangXi Province, China, no longer have to sleep on mats the floor.  Barker friends and families raised funds to purchase 30 new cribs, bedding, and mattresses so the children will now have a warm, safe place to sleep.

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