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.
July 14, 2017
Betty Betz
China sent out a notice on July 6, 2017 with some changes to the guidelines of who can adopt. These changes were to go into effect immediately (the notice was datedJune 30, 2017).
July 12, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Relating to teens can be difficult, especially when parenting an older child adopted from foster care. For first time parents, jumping into parenting during the teen years can be daunting and exhausting. Here are some tips and tricks from Michelle Lehnardt, a blogger with the Today Show. With some helpful advice, parenting teens can be fun, rewarding, and challenging in the best way possible.     
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June 27, 2017
Barker Staff
This year's “Barker Goes Nats!” fundraiser was a wonderful event. Barker family and friends had a great time mingling, enjoying delicious food and of course watching the game! We thank everyone for coming and especially our generous sponsors for making this event possible.  Visit our Facebook page to view pictures from this year's event. Until next year!   
June 22, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
"Oh, age 12? I'm not sure I can handle an 'almost teenager'." As the Outreach Specialist for Project Wait No Longer, the older child adoption program at Barker that focuses on placing kids 12 and older out of foster care with adoptive families, I hear this concern often from prospective parents. With the average age of children in foster care being 10, the reality is that we have more tweens and teens waiting in care who need families more than ever. So what does parenting a tween or teen actually entail?
June 16, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Watch this amazing clip of Comfort Cases founders Rob and Reece tell their story of adoption from foster care. In 2009, Rob and Reece were placed with a sibling group of two children and four months later, got a call to foster another sibling group of two, increasing their family from just the two of them to a family of six with four young children. Rob recounts that one of their children hoarded food, one couldn't talk and couldn't walk, and another didn't know what it felt like to be hugged.
June 9, 2017
M. Thomas
When an adoptive family travels to pick up their new child in the child’s birth country, as an international adoption coordinator, I am anxious during that first week when they meet their child, and breathe easier after the week has passed if I haven’t heard from them.  Why? Because while everyone expects it to be a week of great joy and happiness, I know from my own experience it can be quite the opposite. You see, before I became an adoption professional, I was an adoptive mom.
June 6, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Ending the Silence Around Mental Health for Parents and Their Teens  When: June 14th, 2017 7-8PM Where: Leesburg Church at 865 Lee Ave. SW Leesburg, VA 20175                  

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