Even when things don’t go exactly as planned, a Barker family shows the power of a forever family
“We are her family.”
That’s the unequivocal statement Mike Dame made to a neonatologist when she suggested Mike, his wife, Bethany, and son, Sam, consider backing out of the adoption of newborn Anabel, after briefing them on the potential scope of Anabel’s medical issues.
Varda Makovsky, Director of Family and Post-Adoption Services
I am very excited that Barker’s Department of Family and Post-Adoption Services is introducing the Barker Book Club for 2015/2016!
We decided to create this forum because books are a great way to bring together people with common interests to share ideas and discuss issues of mutual interest and concern. We have all been in the situation where we have just finished a great book which has raised thoughts and questions, and really want to “process” the contents, but did not have anybody else to share those thoughts with.
Our journey to Jianfeng would never have been possible without the efforts of so many people and organizations. He has been loved, prayed for, and cared about by everyone who has heard his name. Jianfeng’s adoption is not our story alone.
Marilyn C. Regier, Ph.D., LCSW-C, Barker Adoption Foundation Executive Director and CEO
Little girls often engage in the common childhood pastime of pretending to be pregnant, but it would be a rare individual indeed who would ever dress-rehearse infertility as a future problem. Unless individuals have pre-existing medical problems, they assume they will easily conceive a child. Not only do they expect that starting a family will be easy, but some also utilize birth control methods to make certain that a baby's arrival will be conveniently planned and timed.
Respectful Adoption Language (RAL) is vocabulary about adoption that has been chosen to reflect maximum respect, dignity, responsibility and objectivity about the decisions made by birthparents and adoptive parents in discussing the family planning decisions they have made for children who have been adopted.
Imagine you’re in a room full of people, having a good time—until someone makes a troubling comment about adoption. Even though the rest of the party keeps going, for you everything stops. It’s as if the projectionist just switched off the film, brought up the house lights, and asked you what you’re going to do next. Will you smile tolerantly? Will you seize this teachable moment? How will people feel about you—and, more importantly, how will you feel about yourself—after everything is over?
The Butler Rothchild family has been a Barker family since 2007. The Barker Foundation helped bring their family together when Christopher Butler and Jennifer Rothchild adopted their daughter Laxmi from Nepal in 2011 and their daughter Xiang from China in 2012.
Thanks to the support of the Barker community, 30 infants and toddlers in GuangXi Province, China, no longer have to sleep on mats the floor.
Barker friends and families raised funds to purchase 30 new cribs, bedding, and mattresses so the children will now have a warm, safe place to sleep.
The Barker Adoption Foundation welcomes adoption applications from couples and individuals of all religious and ethnic backgrounds, and all sexual orientations and gender expressions.
The Barker Adoption Foundation, with offices in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. is a nonprofit adoption agency. We support birth parents and their families, as well as adoptive parents and adoptees with lifelong adoption-related services.