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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. 
January 15, 2016
Anna Beers, Program Assistant, Project Wait No Longer
Each month Project Wait No Longer offers updates and insights through its very popular newsletter.  You can sign up to receive it directly in your good old fashioned U.S.P.S. mailbox by emailing Anna Beers at abeers@barkerfoundation.org, or, you can now find it in the Barker Blog, clicking here, or on the image.
January 15, 2016
Varda Makovsky, LSCW-C, Director of Family and Post-Adoption Services
People enjoy attending book groups for a variety of reasons: The opportunity to share and discuss issues raised in books with like-minded peers, the chance to socialize with others - and even for the food. Last week a group of 8 participants attended Barker’s Book Club and had a great time doing all three of the above!
December 24, 2015
Surina Amin, LGSW - Outreach Coordinator, Project Wait No Longer
The Barker Adoption Foundation’s Project Wait No Longer just celebrated a huge milestone when we placed our 100th child who was waiting in the foster care system, into an adoptive family.  We have grown so much since our first placement in 2007 and it is hard to put into words what a milestone like this means for this “little program that could”.  The PWNL staff was thrilled to learn that they would reach this milestone by placing a sibling group of 4 just in time for them to spend Christmas with their new
December 23, 2015
Erica Seivright-Potts, LGSW, Pregnancy Counselor
Grief is real – even during the holidays……
December 18, 2015
Anna Beers, Program Assistant, Project Wait No Longer
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 16, 2015
Surina Amin, LGSW - Outreach Coordinator, Project Wait No Longer
This past weekend, Barker was proud to be the Gold Sponsor at the Adoption and Foster Care Expo held at the Carnegie Library in Washington, DC.  This was an extremely successful collaborative event that drew over 200 attendees who were interested in learning more about the process of becoming adoptive or foster parents. The goal of the Adoption and Foster Care Expo is to provide an exclusive “one-stop shop” experience for prospective parents to interact with adoptees, adoption professionals and current foster and adoptive parents.
December 14, 2015
On Friday, we thanked our Cradle Care Parents with our annual holiday luncheon! We are so grateful for our amazing Cradle Care Parents and all that they do to give babies a loving start.  When a baby is in their home, they care for the child, and advocate for them, as if he, or she, were their own.
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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.

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