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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 9, 2015
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, or, you can now find the PWNL Newsletter here, in the Barker Blog.  Here is one short feature shared in the November issue:
November 9, 2015
Beverly N. Clarke, LCSW-C, LICSW, Director of Project Wait No Longer, Older Child Adoptions
Our work in Project Wait No Longer, finding families for children who are awaiting permanency in the foster care system, has taught us many things.  It has taught us more about the effects of trauma, the resiliency of children, and the healing that can come from a loving and committed family. 
November 8, 2015
Surina Amin, LGSW - Outreach Coordinator, Project Wait No Longer
PRIDE (Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education) is a nationally recognized training model used for families who are interested in adopting an older child from the foster care system. Classes are held at the Bethesda office over a period of 4 Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00pm.
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 28, 2015
Betty Betz, International Programs Case Manager
Having an older adopted child myself, I have always been interested in hearing the perspectives of the child on their adoption, particularly those that were adopted as an older child through international adoption.  Below are some ideas for parents adopting an older child internationally that came straight from these young adults. This is the second post in this 2-part series.
October 28, 2015
Surina Amin, LGSW - Outreach Coordinator, Project Wait No Longer
The United States is currently facing a crisis.  A crisis that is often not being discussed in the media, during presidential debates, or in conversations at the local coffee shop.  In our country we currently have over 400,000 children in the foster care system.  Over 100,000 of these children are legally free for adoption and, it is estimated that approximately 22,000 of these children age out of the foster care system every year without a family. These children are amongst the most vulnerable youth in America, and we see it as our responsibility to help find families for them.  
October 26, 2015
Surina Amin, LGSW - Outreach Coordinator, Project Wait No Longer
Recently, the Child Welfare Information Gateway released a factsheet titled “Supporting Youth in Foster Care in Making Healthy Choices: A Guide for Caregivers and Caseworkers on Trauma, Treatment and Psychotropic Medications”, which is available for FREE through their website.  The guide touches on important topics including: