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September 30, 2015
Varda Makovsky, LCSW-C, Director, Family and Post-Adoption Services
Sunday’s Washington Post Outlook section featured two different stories about evolving adoptee connection with birth family:
September 23, 2015
Beth Kirby, Barker’s Executive Assistant and Cradle Care Coordinator joined the Barker Adoption Foundation team in 1990.  Beth is part of the fabric of Barker. She puts her heart into her work and is integral to the services we provide.  We asked her to sit down for a brief moment, between tasks, and tell us a bit about her work.
September 23, 2015
Dozens of professionals from around the region gathered at Barker’s Bethesda office yesterday to talk about a very important subject.  Dr. Jennifer Shaw, Co-Founder of the Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery & Education, provided participants with an outstanding training session focused on Children and Youth with a History of Sexual Trauma: Understanding the Impact and Facilitating Family-Focused Recovery.
September 23, 2015
Kate Simpson, Pregnancy Counselor
So many questions run through the minds of the birth parents I work with, but they often pale in comparison to this one question: How soon can I pick a family for my baby? That makes sense. When a birth parent is facing a flood of questions and concerns, it is comforting to know that the match has been made and to start to imagine what your baby’s life will be like. It is natural to want that comfort as soon as possible. We always try to give the birth parent as much control over their adoption planning process as possible.
September 22, 2015
Each month Project Wait No Longer offers updates and insights through its very popular newsletter.
September 22, 2015
Heather Mayes Gleason
A deliberate fundraising effort to obtain oft-elusive money for communications and marketing projects ultimately led to the successful launch of a brand new, mission-critical website at The Barker Adoption Foundation in September 2015 --www.barkeradoptionfoundation.org.  The new website comes at a pivotal time in the world of adoption, and will allow Barker to better reach all of its stakeholders with its ethical adopt
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September 22, 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 abeers@barkerfoundation.org, or, you can now find it in the Barker Blog.
September 17, 2015
Kate Simpson, Pregnancy Counselor
Anyone who has ever had to make this difficult phone call knows this scene all too well. You are sitting there looking at a screen. “Pregnant?” it asks you; “You are not alone. Call us!” The website seems welcoming, it promises: no judgment and no pressure. So why is this still so hard? It may be difficult because you don’t know what to expect. You may wish you knew what the call would be like. What will they ask you? How long will the call take? You may already be feeling overwhelmed and unsure whether you even want to talk to someone. Let me share a few things that may be helpful.
September 14, 2015
Kate Simpson, LGSW, Pregnancy Counselor
Birth parents are free to choose the family who adopts their baby.  Often, when the time comes, a birth mother sits with baited breath, barely able to get through the greetings and pleasantries. All she wants is to see the profiles of the families who met the criteria she gave her pregnancy counselor. She has some very specific hopes in mind. The list varies from birth parent to birth parent. Perhaps this birth mother wanted her child to be the first, or perhaps she was hoping for her child to have a sibling.
September 10, 2015
Betty Betz, International Programs Case Manager
CARA (Central Adoption Resource Agency) recently announced new Guidelines Governing Adoption of Children, 2015 which went into effect August 1, 2015. The intent of these new guidelines is to reduce the wait time for adoptions from India as well as to make the process more transparent.  Significant changes include:

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