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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:
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.

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