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March 1, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Want to speak with and hear from Barker Staff during Expo Workshops? Adoption A-Z (11:30-12:30 and 1:30-2:30):  Hear about older child adoption and Project Wait No Longer (PWNL), Barker's older child adoption program from Alex Williams, PWNL Outreach Coordinator and Beverly Clarke, PWNL Program Director. Tina Ji, Barker's International Program Director will be speaking about international adoption and all of Barker's international programs. 
March 1, 2017
Jennifer, Barker Parent
On an otherwise uneventful Friday in late November 2015, I opened my email to find a message about a little boy from Ann Morrison, the director of the domestic adoption program at Barker. He was two years old, had big beautiful eyes, lived in China, and was diagnosed with hemophilia. My husband and I were approved and waiting for a domestic adoption match, but Ann knew that our hearts were pulling us toward adopting a toddler and Barker was hoping to find that little boy’s family quickly due to his medical needs, so she sent us a little information just in case.
February 22, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Watch the story of how Alexandre and Franciso, adoptive parents from Brazil, found themselves adopting a sibling group of three boys. While they were originally searching for  one child under the age of six, after meeting siblings Patrick (12), Pablo (9), and Gabriel(6), Alexandre and Francisco couldn't adopt just one of them. In Brazil, many children who are "mixed race" are considered un-adoptable and additionally, like the United States, children over the age of six are less likely to be adopted.
February 3, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Keep Up with PWNL by Reading Our Monthly Newsletter! If you haven't had a chance to read our newsletter, please take the time to catch up on what's been going on in PWNL! Click on each image to read more. 
January 31, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Entering the foster care system at just one year of age, 21 year old Noel Anaya shares his story in an NPR news segment. From his judge mispronouncing his name and stating "Everyone pronounces it differently" to Noel sharing the story of he and his five siblings being shuffled between foster homes, group homes, shelters, and incarceration; the segment highlights the cracks in a system that is supposed to protect children who are vulnerable.  His time in foster care was spent wishing for a family to call his own.
January 25, 2017
Betty Betz, International Programs Manager
Lunar New Year 2017 will be celebrated January 28th this year.  This holiday is recognized in many countries, including China, Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and more. The New Year starts with the first new moon and ends 15 days later, when the moon is full, with the Lantern Festival.
January 23, 2017
Varda Makovsky, Director or Family & Post Adoption Services
We advise anyone who is interested in adoption to see the movie “Lion.” There are many beautiful (and wrenching) aspects of this movie, but one of the aspects we found especially poignant was how technology and the internet can affect adoption.
January 4, 2017
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Check out this FREE workshop presented by Hope for Mental Health about the mental heath concerns that arise in teens from intense academic and social pressure. 
December 23, 2016
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
One unique aspect of adopting an older child is the fact that your child will have connections and relationships with other adults who may have acted in the role of a parent, whether it be a biological, foster, or adoptive parent. In a time of stress, it is a very real possibility that your child will utter the phrases "You're not my real mom or dad" or "I'd rather live with my real family". As a parent, this can sting, but it is important to be prepared to respond in a way that offers support and puts your child's needs before your feelings. 
December 21, 2016
Andrea, Adoptive Mother
Three years ago, my husband and I started the adoption process.  I distinctly remember the information session we attended on December 7, 2013.  I still have my information packet with hand written notes about the different programs!  As I sat in a room with approximately 40 other people, I quickly realized that the adoption process was just that, a process.  I also quickly understood why it was a process; these children deserve every background check, finger print, and home inspection asked of us.   

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