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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.
September 1, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Currently there are 400,000 children in foster care, with 100,000 of those kids waiting to be adopted. A majority of the children waiting are age 10 and over. When a child reaches the age of 10, they are about 50% less likely to be adopted. Luckily, for this 18 year old in California, he finally has a family to call his own. Below is the story of Carson, who entered the Peterson's home at age 15, and after 15 years in the foster system was adopted into the Petersen family. 
August 23, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
With back to school right around the corner, it's important for parents to be armed with the skills to address issues surrounding bullying. No matter how amazing kids are, the reality is that 1in 4 children are bullied during their school age years. Children who are bullied can experience an increase in depression, anxiety, changes in sleep and eating patterns, and more that can persist into adulthood.
August 10, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Older child adoption is a wonderful thing. Currently there are over 100,000 children in foster care waiting to be adopted. Unfortunately, a significant percentage of teens in care will age out of the foster system without finding a stable, loving family. In 2015 alone, 20,787 teens and young adults aged out of the foster system without a family on which to rely. Outcomes for youth who age out of care are not positive:
August 4, 2017
Everyone knows that parents with an infant need as much social support as possible. A new study has found that parents of teens also need as much social support as those with newborns. In particular, if you are parenting an adopted older child, supports are essential to solidifying a bond with your teen. Below is an article from NPR detailing the findings of this study.   

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