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January 16, 2018
Alex Williams, MSW - Community Outreach and Recruitment Specialist
January is National Mentor Month so now is a great time to learn about the CONNECT Mentor Program and why it matters! The CONNECT Mentor Program is aimed at pairing adults who spent time in foster care or who were adopted with teens adopted through our older child adoption program, Project Wait No Longer. The goal is for our teens to build strong relationships within their communities with mentors who can relate to their experiences. 
December 21, 2017
Alex Williams, Outreach Specialist
One of the best ways to find families for children waiting for adoption in foster care is to connect with people in the community increase awareness of the issues surrounding their experiences. While Barker is not religiously affiliated, churches in the area are in a great position to not only increase awareness around the needs of children in foster care, but can help create a positive adoption culture within their congregations and communities.  
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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.
November 27, 2017
International Adoption Overview
November 27, 2017
International Adoption Overview
November 22, 2017
Alex Williams, PWNL Outreach and Program Support Specialist
A new study from Child Trends found that supports for youth who age out of the foster care system are minimal, and the supports that are in place are underutilized. We already know that aging out of foster care can be detrimental to youth's success, with one in five youth experiencing homelessness, one in 5 experiencing PTSD, 71% of young women becoming pregnant before the age of 21, and less than 3% earning a college degree.
November 16, 2017
Children enter the foster care system for various reasons, but one thing remains the same...how that makes them feel. Entering the foster care system greatly impacts children's self-worth and self-image as they are constantly filled by internal feelings of unworthiness, not being loved, feeling forgotten and scared because of their ever changing circumstances. 
October 2, 2017
Beverly Clarke, LCSW-C, LISCW - Program Director, Project Wait No Longer
As a fan of the TV show This Is Us, I was thrilled to see them exploring the topic of Older Child Adoption in the Season 2 series premiere last week.  While we don’t know yet where the plot is heading (and we know that TV does not always mirror real life) it is nice to even see such a main stream TV show bring awareness to a topic that can so often be overlooked.  This Is Us, has been heralded by many as being a show on NBC that is working hard to “get it right” when exploring the themes of adoption and this latest installment in
September 27, 2017
M.Thomas
Every year donations from the adoption community make it possible for Barker to provide critical services and support throughout our region. The funds raised during our Annual Appeal allow Barker to continue to provide and advocate for child-centered ethical adoption practices and life-long support for all people touched by adoption.
September 15, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Transitioning to a new family, new home, is overwhelming for anyone, let alone for a child with a trauma history. It's important for teachers to be aware not only of potential triggers but how to address behaviors in the classroom in an educated and trauma informed way. Parents have the opportunity to be strong advocates for their children in the classroom, as teachers are not always aware of the special needs that can arise with older child adoption.

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