A few weeks ago we hosted The Barker Foundations Annual Conference. We had an excellent turn out of individuals invested in all spectrums of adoption. One of my favorite workshops was held by Chauncey Strong, MSW, LGSW. Mr. Strong is the Fairfax County Department of Family Services Foster Care Supervisor, Board Member for the Foster Care Alumni of America and an adopted person.
I attended training in Delaware this past weekend regarding an organization that is promoting child sexual abuse prevention & awareness training. The training provides you with video testimonials from actual survivors of child sexual abuse and from experts who deal with sexual abuse and its prevention. Hearing about this effort made me think about this topic in relation to the children we work to place through PWNL.
The Barker Foundation Annual Conference is only 10 days away! PWNL is hosting two sessions featuring experts that have experience working with youth in the foster care system and older child adoptions. This is a wonderful learning opportunity for families that have adopted older children, families interested in adopting older children or anyone who has an interested in foster care and adoption.
“Therapy” can be considered a “bad word” when said to a child who has been in the foster care system. Often, they feel as if they have been forced to endure years of therapeutic intervention without being able to identify any positive results.
Aya was placed through Project Wait No Longer right before her 15th birthday. She is the first teen placed through our program that has gone off to college! We would like to share her inspirational story from foster care to adoption and now to college! Congratulations!!!How was the college application process for you?
“When The Going Gets Tough” Dealing with the “Unexpected” in Older Child Adoption:Please join us for this free in-service for our parents and prospective parents of older children. We will explore coping mechanisms for dealing with the sometimes tough realities and challenging behaviors that may occur during the post-placement period.
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.