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May 25, 2016
Eileen Wharton, MSW, International Programs Clinical Specialist
Jordan Windle and Tatyana McFadden are both amazing athletes preparing for the 2016 Summer Olympic games in Rio, to represent the United States of America.  Besides being Olympic-level athletes, they have a few other things in common.  Both Jordan and Tatyana were adopted internationally and they both have written books about adoption.  Here is a bit more information about each of these amazing athletes who we hope will see gold this summer!
May 24, 2016
Do More 24, coming on Thursday, June 2, is a 24-hour fundraising effort organized by United Way of the National Capital Area that brings together nonprofit organizations (more than 600), companies and regular people committed to making a difference locally. This focused “movement” encourages donors to contribute to the causes and organizations closest to their hearts to help solve this region’s most pressing social challenges.  
May 16, 2016
Surina Amin, LGSW - Outreach Coordinator, 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. mail by emailing Namatie Mansaray at                                           , or, you can now find it monthly in the Barker Blog.
May 9, 2016
Betty Betz, International Programs Case Manager
According to the report, CARA will be responsible for maintaining information on the details of surrendered children as well as details on abandoned children that include where the child was found, who brought them in and when. CARA is also considering keeping DNA of every child adopted as well as that of the person who surrenders the child in an effort to make sure they are related and help prevent child trafficking. 
April 21, 2016
This past Sunday was Barker Family & Friends Night at Crave Restaurant in Bethesda. We had several staff members, board members and families come out to show their support for the Barker community and the CRAVE Cares Partnership. It was a great night!
Categories: Barker Moments
April 19, 2016
Varda Makovsky, Director of Family and Post-Adoption Services
Barker is pleased to be starting a new discussion group for parents who have internationally adopted children.
Categories: Barker News, Events
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
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 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.