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December 14, 2017
Barker Pregnancy Counselor
What is “Open Adoption” Adoption Anyway? Open adoption is a term that may sound contradictory at first. Yet many birth parents choose open adoption as a way to remain part of their child’s life. A general definition of open adoption is when an adoptive family maintains contact with the birth family of their adopted child. There are many reasons why birth parents choose open adoption and because of those many reasons, open adoption does not have one standard definition.
July 28, 2017
Kate Simpson
So much conversation about adoption centers around adoptive parents, birth parents, and the children who are adopted, but there is one group that often goes unnoticed – the families that tirelessly care for babies during the time when the biological mothers and fathers of the babies are trying to decide what is best for their child. This group of amazing individuals are Barker’s Cradle Care families, and we could not be more grateful for the selfless work that they do.
June 1, 2017
M.Thomas
The Barker Adoption Foundation has partnered with United Way of the National Capital Area, and joined their #DoMore24 giving campaign.
April 19, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Formed Families Forward is hosting a family fun day for all adoptive and foster families next Saturday, April 29th! Keynote Speaker, Dr. Bruce Thyer, will give a presentation on "What Really Works and Doesn't Work for Tough Kids" and families will have their choice of breakout sessions including a Q&A with Dr. Thyer and a presentation on "Cruising Through Conflict: How Kinship and Other Formed Families Can Keep the Peace". There will also be a teen breakout session, "Poetry in Motion: The Rap Connection".
March 27, 2017
Andrea, Adoptive Mother
Wow – the day was here!  We were on our way to the hospital to visit with the birth parents (who we had only met two days prior) and meet our son!  We were incredibly excited, yet probably the most nervous we have ever been!  What do we say?  What if we cry?  Is it ok to hold him?  What if they change their mind?  A million scenarios were racing through our minds.
March 1, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Want to speak with and hear from Barker Staff during Expo Workshops? Adoption A-Z (11:30-12:30 and 1:30-2:30):  Hear about older child adoption and Project Wait No Longer (PWNL), Barker's older child adoption program from Alex Williams, PWNL Outreach Coordinator and Beverly Clarke, PWNL Program Director. Tina Ji, Barker's International Program Director will be speaking about international adoption and all of Barker's international programs. 
December 21, 2016
Andrea, Adoptive Mother
Three years ago, my husband and I started the adoption process.  I distinctly remember the information session we attended on December 7, 2013.  I still have my information packet with hand written notes about the different programs!  As I sat in a room with approximately 40 other people, I quickly realized that the adoption process was just that, a process.  I also quickly understood why it was a process; these children deserve every background check, finger print, and home inspection asked of us.   

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