November 16, 2016
Stephany West, Program Assistant
When thinking what our domestic infant team could do to help honor Adoption Month, we decided to shine some light on those who work silently and tirelessly behind the scenes – hospital staff. So we decided to deliver baskets of goodies for those who staff the hospitals, pregnancy centers, and clinics that we work with in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
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September 29, 2016
Ann Morrison, LGSW
Here I am sitting before this poised, engaging speaker who has built a wonderful life for herself.  As she talks I hear so many things we share in common today as women in their early 50’s, and, as she tells her story, I also hear many things we shared in common during the 1980’s – early success in our professional career, fun adventures a la 1980’s clubbing with big hair, big shoulders and lots of dancing.
June 17, 2016
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.
June 7, 2016
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.
April 12, 2016
Surina Amin, LGSW - Outreach Coordinator, Project Wait No Longer
The Barker Adoption Foundation’s signature educational event, its Adoption and Foster Care Conference, is sought out annually by families, adopted persons, birth parents, professionals and students. This year, Barker held its 22nd Annual Conference, titled “Connected Lives: A Complex Privilege for the Family of Adoption, with over 275 attendees.  As expected, it was one of our best conferences to date. 
February 17, 2016
Kate Simpson, Pregnancy Counselor
Recently I was speaking with a professional in a neighboring field, and she asked why my title is “Pregnancy Counselor” rather than “Adoption Counselor”. She explained that the impressions she had about pregnancy counselors did not match up with the work I do. She wondered if the term “Adoption Counselor” would conjure a more accurate image. With so many different kinds of pregnancy counselors out there I understand her point, but there is a very good reason why my title is what it is.
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 4, 2016
Genie & Jim, Barker Adoption Foundation Cradle Care Family
We have been blessed to serve as cradle care parents for Barker.  It is hard to believe that ten newborn babes have graced our home.  We came to the Barker Adoption Foundation with experience raising our own five children and briefly with another adoption agency that is no longer in the business.  We underwent an extensive vetting process and met initial and continuing training requirements before commencing our service here.  
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 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. 

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