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October 7, 2015
Each month Project Wait No Longer offers updates and insights through its very popular newsl
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. 
October 2, 2015
Surina Amin, LGSW - Outreach Coordinator, Project Wait No Longer
Have you heard about Project Wait No Longer's First Ever Essay Contest? This essay contest is open to all children adopted through Project Wait No Longer and their siblings. It is simple to enter! Steps include:
October 1, 2015
Varda Makovsky, LSCW-C, Director of Family and Post-Adoption Services
Last night was the first meeting of the Barker Book Club!  A great group of adoptive parents and adopted adults joined Varda Makovsky, Barker’s Director of Family and Post Adoption Services for a lively discussion on the book “Ghosts of Sangju: A Memoir of Reconciliation.” The book, by first time author Soojung Jo, was rich in themes related to adoptive identity, transracial adoption, search and reunion, which assured a lively and interesting conversation.
September 30, 2015
Kathie Lehner and Ann Morrison
Despite the gloomy forecast for rain this past Sunday, the sun came out and we had lots of fun while we enjoyed plentiful food and the company of friends!  In fact, over 200 members of the Barker family gathered Sunday, September 27 at Cabin John Park in Bethesda including: adoptive families, waiting families, Cradle Care families, birth paren
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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
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 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.

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