November 30, 2016
Adoption Month is a special time of the year to highlight families brought together by adoption. We would like to highlight a few of our families who have previously adopted from Barker’s International Programs.  Adoption may look different among programs, states and countries but they all have the same outcome, adoption creates families.
November 29, 2016
Each month, Project Wait No Longer, offers updates and insights through its very popular newsletter. You can sign up to receive it directly through U.S.P.S. mail by emailing Namatie Mansaray at nmansaray@barkerfoundation.org, or, you can now find it monthly in the Barker Blog.  Happiest Time of the Year?
November 28, 2016
Kate Simpson, Family Specialist
There are a lot of reasons why expectant parents find themselves considering adoption. Unplanned pregnancies may happen during a time when parents can’t financially afford to parent a new child. Pregnancies may happen during a time when expectant parents know that they are not emotionally or logistically ready to provide the environment their baby deserves. Sometimes expectant parents may have been planning to raise their baby, but during the pregnancy life circumstances change and leave them feeling unable to do so.
November 23, 2016
Barker Staff
Each Thanksgiving, the Barker staff reflects with special gratitude on the many families who open their hearts and homes to waiting children. As we celebrate Giving Tuesday, I know you are also inspired and grateful to be a part of this great unfinished work.  Here are lives you’ve helped us touch in recent months:
Categories: Events, Inspiration
November 16, 2016
Stephany West, Program Assistant
When thinking what our domestic infant team could do to help honor Adoption Month, we decided to shine some light on those who work silently and tirelessly behind the scenes – hospital staff. So we decided to deliver baskets of goodies for those who staff the hospitals, pregnancy centers, and clinics that we work with in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
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November 2, 2016
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Wednesday, November 9th, 2016
Categories: Barker News, Events
October 27, 2016
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Each month, Project Wait No Longer, offers updates and insights through its very popular newsletter. You can sign up to receive it directly through U.S.P.S.
October 14, 2016
Varda Makovsky - Director, Family and Post Adoption Services
I found the following article, DNA’s new ‘miracle’: How adoptees are using online registries to find their blood relatives, on the front page of the Washington Post Thursday morning very interesting.
Categories: Adoption Perspectives
October 5, 2016
Alex Williams, MSW - Outreach and Program Support Specialist, Project Wait No Longer
Maryland has officially enacted policies aimed at making the foster care system safer for foster youth who identify as LGBTQ. Many LGBTQ youth who enter the foster care system are subject to more trauma and violence because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. An article from The Washington Post illustrates a story of one girl who identifies as transgender being forced to stay in an all-male group home, and subsequently running away to survive on the streets because of the bullying she endured.
September 29, 2016
Ann Morrison, LGSW
Here I am sitting before this poised, engaging speaker who has built a wonderful life for herself.  As she talks I hear so many things we share in common today as women in their early 50’s, and, as she tells her story, I also hear many things we shared in common during the 1980’s – early success in our professional career, fun adventures a la 1980’s clubbing with big hair, big shoulders and lots of dancing.

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