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:
October 21, 2015
As part of its mission to provide life-long support to all members of the adoption circle, The Barker Adoption Foundation facilitates six ongoing monthly peer support/discussion groups: Adopted Persons’ Discussion Group: Meets on the third Thursday of each month from 7:00-9:00 PM. This group is open to any adopted person over the age of 18 and topics discussed include exploring adoptive identity, relationships with adoptive families and birth family (if applicable) and feelings about search and reunion.
October 20, 2015
Erica Seivright-Potts, LGSW, Pregnancy Counselor
You have decided to make an adoption plan. Your roommate(s), family, friends or coworkers may be aware of your pregnancy or that you had a baby. Naturally, they will inquire about your future plans for yourself and baby. They may even want to help to plan a baby shower for you or recommend day care providers. This might be an awkward moment to inform them of your intention of making an adoption plan for your baby.  Ultimately, who you choose to inform about your decision to make an adoption plan is your choice. Here are some suggestions that you may find helpful:
October 19, 2015
The Barker Adoption Foundation is excited to announce its 2015 Kids Art Contest! 
October 14, 2015
Kate Simpson, Pregnancy Counselor
I encounter a lot of people who think pregnancy counseling won’t play a major part in their adoption experience. These include birth parents and prospective adoptive parents. The truth is that access to quality pregnancy counseling is profoundly important to everyone involved in the adoption process.
October 14, 2015
Thanks to a grant from the Takoma Foundation, Barker's Director of Family and Post-Adoption Services visited Takoma Park Elementary School and conducted a staff training in adoption awareness.  More than 60 staff members joined a thoughtful discussion that ranged from integrating postitive adoption language into their classrooms to handling tricky family-related assignments.  Read more about it at Takoma Foundation's website.
Categories: Barker News, Events
October 7, 2015
Each month Project Wait No Longer offers updates and insights through its very popular newsl
October 7, 2015
Sue Hollar, Associate Director, LCSW-C, LICSW
Five families—seventeen people in all—participated in Barker’s 2015 homeland tour to Colombia in June.  The week–long trip, led by Barker staff and consultants, Sue Hollar, Carolina Kenrick and Sam Kellogg, provided a wonderful opportunity for the participating Colombian adopted y
October 5, 2015
Sue Hollar, Associate Director, LCSW-C, LICSW
Last week, Sue Hollar, Associate Director and Tina Ji, International Programs Director, participated in a two-day adoption symposium hosted by the US Department of State. The symposium, titled “A Collaborative Future for Adoption,” included representatives from The Council on Accreditation, US-Citizen Immigration Services (US-CIS), and adoption agencies from around the country and provided the opportunity to discuss ways that the aforementioned groups can streamline processes and collaborate on issues designed to improve permanency options for children.
October 2, 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. 

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