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August 1, 2017
Becca York
 The time has come – you’re gearing up for your international travel to bring your child into their forever family. The anxiety has started to set in – what on Earth are you going to do for hours on a plane with your toddler?  We came accross a great article with practical things you can do to keep your little entertained during this exciting, yet LONG flight home!
July 31, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Anyone who works in child welfare or has fostered/adopted from the child welfare system knows that an overwhelming percentage of children in foster care are diagnosed with ADHD. In fact, children in foster care are three times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD. While it has become a common diagnosis, researchers and clinicians have recently begun to study the relationship between ADHD symptoms and trauma.
July 28, 2017
Kate Simpson
So much conversation about adoption centers around adoptive parents, birth parents, and the children who are adopted, but there is one group that often goes unnoticed – the families that tirelessly care for babies during the time when the biological mothers and fathers of the babies are trying to decide what is best for their child. This group of amazing individuals are Barker’s Cradle Care families, and we could not be more grateful for the selfless work that they do.
July 14, 2017
Betty Betz
China sent out a notice on July 6, 2017 with some changes to the guidelines of who can adopt. These changes were to go into effect immediately (the notice was datedJune 30, 2017).
July 12, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Relating to teens can be difficult, especially when parenting an older child adopted from foster care. For first time parents, jumping into parenting during the teen years can be daunting and exhausting. Here are some tips and tricks from Michelle Lehnardt, a blogger with the Today Show. With some helpful advice, parenting teens can be fun, rewarding, and challenging in the best way possible.     
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June 27, 2017
Barker Staff
This year's “Barker Goes Nats!” fundraiser was a wonderful event. Barker family and friends had a great time mingling, enjoying delicious food and of course watching the game! We thank everyone for coming and especially our generous sponsors for making this event possible.  Visit our Facebook page to view pictures from this year's event. Until next year!   
June 22, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
"Oh, age 12? I'm not sure I can handle an 'almost teenager'." As the Outreach Specialist for Project Wait No Longer, the older child adoption program at Barker that focuses on placing kids 12 and older out of foster care with adoptive families, I hear this concern often from prospective parents. With the average age of children in foster care being 10, the reality is that we have more tweens and teens waiting in care who need families more than ever. So what does parenting a tween or teen actually entail?
June 16, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Watch this amazing clip of Comfort Cases founders Rob and Reece tell their story of adoption from foster care. In 2009, Rob and Reece were placed with a sibling group of two children and four months later, got a call to foster another sibling group of two, increasing their family from just the two of them to a family of six with four young children. Rob recounts that one of their children hoarded food, one couldn't talk and couldn't walk, and another didn't know what it felt like to be hugged.

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