April 12, 2016
Surina Amin, LGSW - Outreach Coordinator, Project Wait No Longer
The Barker Adoption Foundation’s signature educational event, its Adoption and Foster Care Conference, is sought out annually by families, adopted persons, birth parents, professionals and students. This year, Barker held its 22nd Annual Conference, titled “Connected Lives: A Complex Privilege for the Family of Adoption, with over 275 attendees.  As expected, it was one of our best conferences to date. 
April 11, 2016
Betty Betz, International Programs Case Manager
The U.S. State Department has released international adoption statistics for FY2015 which covers visas issued between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015.  The numbers of incoming adoptions to the U.S. fell for the 11th straight year in a row from the high in 2004 of 22,991.  For 2015, the total of 5,648 reflects a 12% drop from the 2014 total of 6,438. The top 3 countries from which these children came in 2015 were: China with 2,354 Ethiopia with 335 South Korea with 318 The top 3 states that these children went to were:
April 6, 2016
Heather M. Gleason, former Director of Development, freelance writer
This week’s freakishly winter-like weather has made it even harder to get back into the groove of the school week after an extended Spring break spent in Caribbean sunshine.  This morning as we looked for winter coats in early April, loaded lunchboxes and checked on homework, I mentioned to my 4th grade daughter that we had Chinese lessons after school.
April 6, 2016
Surina Amin, LGSW - Outreach Coordinator, Project Wait No Longer
During the month of April, Crave restaurant is partnering with The Barker Adoption Foundation as the Crave Cares Partner to help raise money and awarenss for our agency. From April 6th through May 4th, Crave restaurant (at Montgomery Mall) will allow customers to "round up" their checks and that portion will be donated to Barker to help support adoptive families, adopted persons and birth parents.
April 4, 2016
The longest tenured employee at Barker, Beth Kirby, has retired, effective March 31, 2016, after 25 years of extraordinary service. Beth has served in many capacities, and her warmth and versatility are well known and greatly appreciated. 
April 4, 2016
Kristin Reighard, Barker Consultant, Support Group Facilitator
The Adult Adoptee group was very excited that Alison Larkin, author, comedienne and keynote speaker at Barker’s annual Adoption & Foster Care Conference, held on Saturday, March 19, came to Washington, D.C. early and attended their group meeting on March 17th.  Over 20 adult adoptees participated in the meeting and had the rare opportunity to engage in an intimate discussion with Alison, hear her insights and share their own, laugh, and discuss issues of common interest to adult adopted persons.
April 1, 2016
Anna Beers, Program Assistant, 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 in your good old fashioned U.S.P.S. mailbox by emailing Anna Beers at abeers@barkerfoundation.org, or, you can now find it in the Barker Blog, clicking here, or on the image. 
March 21, 2016
Surina Amin, LGSW - Outreach Coordinator, Project Wait No Longer
PRIDE (Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education) is a nationally recognized training model used for families who are interested in adopting an older child from the foster care system. Classes are held at the Bethesda office over a period of 4 Saturday's from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Families have the opportunity to learn about adoption from the foster care system and to better understand the needs of children who are being placed through Project Wait No Longer (PWNL).
March 8, 2016
Surina Amin, LGSW - Outreach Coordinator, Project Wait No Longer
Before you know it, it will be time to begin thinking about a college education for your child (and how you will be paying for it!).  Many of you may already be thinking about and planning for this time.  Below is a list of resources for D.C., Maryland, and Virginia families interested in securing a college education for their child who has been in foster care or was adopted at an older age. Additionally, if your child was adopted outside of the local area, you may want to check the resources available from that state, as many offer similar opportunities.
March 1, 2016
Anna Beers, Program Assistant, 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 in your good old fashioned U.S.P.S.

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