Main Office M-F 9 AM-5 PM +1-301-664-9664

24/7 Crisis Pregnancy ONLY Hotline for Maryland/Virginia/DC:+1-888-731-6601 or TEXT: 240-600-1106

PWNL (Older Child) after hours counselor:+1-888-955-3339


May 13, 2014
Link: Information on Educational and Training Vouchers for Current and Former Foster Care YouthAre you currently in or have been in foster care and need help paying for college or career school? If so, you might be interested to know that the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program helps current and former foster care youth through the Educational and Training Vouchers (ETV) Program.
May 9, 2014
Link: Our Own KidsMyths About Older Child Adoption » Our Own Kids
May 2, 2014
Link: PWNL Reacts to Washington Post Article: Congress should focus on interstate, rather than international, adoptions
April 21, 2014
This year on May 3, 2014 the George Mason University Department of Social Work is hosting the 6th Annual College Dream Tour. The event targets youth between the ages of 11-15 who would otherwise not consider going to college. It is a goal to promote dropout prevention and to encourage youth to develop aspirations to one day go to college. Over a hundred students and their parents, guardians, mentors, teachers and social workers will attend the event. 
April 4, 2014
Link: the6parkers: Parenting A Former Foster Child: Like Learning To Ride A Bike. You Fall A Lot, But Then You Learn How To Ride.
March 26, 2014
Thanks to Jersey Mike’s for supporting Barker on its Day of Giving – TODAY, March 26th.  ALL proceeds from the following stores will be donated to Barker and our mission to provide ethical, child-centered adoption services.
February 20, 2014
I read through my email and found an excellent resource for foster and adopted youth. Youth now have access to a private, moderated facebook group by and for youth and young adults to connect; share ideas, inspiration and success. Youth also have the opportunity to learn about what is going on in the world of foster care and adoption. You can email Nathan Ross ( to be added to the group.
January 22, 2014
Link: No age limit on love
January 14, 2014
Transitioning into a forever family can be a stressful time for a child. They may wonder if they will fit in, will they be “given up on,” and a host of other concerns. One way to help your child know that they are part of the family is by “claiming them.”The act of claiming a child involves claiming actions of the child, likes and dislikes, etc. and attributing them to traits within your family. For example, “you are just like me, you like to have whipped cream with your ice cream.” Or “you are just like your dad, you guys know how to fix just about everything.”