December 23, 2015
Erica Seivright-Potts, LGSW, Pregnancy Counselor
Grief is real – even during the holidays……
December 16, 2015
Erica Seivright-Potts, LGSW, Pregnancy Counselor
Open adoption happens when potential birth parents/family and prospective adoptive families have personal contact with each other. Conversely, a closed adoption occurs when the adoptive family and birth mother and/or birth father choose not to have contact prior to or after the placement of the child.  In an open adoption, the identities of all parties are known. Open adoption communication and contact agreements differ from one family to another -- and may even change over time -- and generally include letters, e-mails, and/or visits.  
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.
November 19, 2015
Lisa Hughes, LCSW-C, Family Specialist
Whether you have worked through grief associated infertility, or you are now able to legally marry your partner (about time!), your decision to build your family through adoption has already been a journey. Domestic Infant Adoption organizations are numerous, and a quick Google search can produce an overwhelming amount of options.  With 70 years of domestic adoption experience, the Barker Adoption Foundation can help you find a reputable agency that meets your needs.  Here are some key factors to consider as you begin.  
November 10, 2015
Heather Gleason, Director of Development
Photo Above: Varda Makovsky (left), Director of Post-Adoption and Family Services, and Heather Mayes Gleason (right), Director of Development, with Angela and Bryan Tucker, the creators of the documentary “Closure." Photo Below: Group of adoption and education professionals gathered to discuss Angela and Bryan Tucker's latest venture.
November 6, 2015
Heather Gleason, Director of Development, and Rebecca Gold, Author and Adoptive Mother
Last month, I had the unique opportunity to attend a writing workshop at Kripalu, a wellness center in the Berkshires.  It was a blissful few days of yoga, meditation, and memoir writing.  I sat in a circle of other writers, each of us anxiously awaiting our turn to openly share the words we had put down to capture our own – often painfully personal – stories.  When I shared my own writing, the pain of my infertility struggle was laced throughout the sentences.  But so, too, were the words I used to describe the unbounded love I have for the daughter I
November 4, 2015
Erica Seivright-Potts, LGSW, Pregnancy Counselor
You may feel overwhelmed with so much to think about now that you’re pregnant. You may have several questions if you’re considering adoption. Here are some common questions birth parents ask: Why choose adoption?  Sometimes, birth parents are not at a point where they are ready to parent a child. As such, providing a stable and loving family for your child may be your first priority. You may consider achieving this through adoption. This decision may be the most courageous and responsible decision you can make for your child.
November 3, 2015
Please join Barker for a provocative and important presentation on a subject too-seldom explored: what black Americans think about transracial adoption.  The featured speaker is Rhonda Roorda, a highly regarded national presenter on transracial adoption, who herself was adopted into a white family.
October 21, 2015
As part of its mission to provide life-long support to all members of the adoption circle, The Barker Adoption Foundation facilitates six ongoing monthly peer support/discussion groups: Adopted Persons’ Discussion Group: Meets on the third Thursday of each month from 7:00-9:00 PM. This group is open to any adopted person over the age of 18 and topics discussed include exploring adoptive identity, relationships with adoptive families and birth family (if applicable) and feelings about search and reunion.
October 20, 2015
Erica Seivright-Potts, LGSW, Pregnancy Counselor
You have decided to make an adoption plan. Your roommate(s), family, friends or coworkers may be aware of your pregnancy or that you had a baby. Naturally, they will inquire about your future plans for yourself and baby. They may even want to help to plan a baby shower for you or recommend day care providers. This might be an awkward moment to inform them of your intention of making an adoption plan for your baby.  Ultimately, who you choose to inform about your decision to make an adoption plan is your choice. Here are some suggestions that you may find helpful:

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