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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 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 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.
February 24, 2016
Susan Campbell, Consultant
Barker's 22nd Annual Adoption & Foster Care Conference is Saturday, March 19 Connected Lives: A Complex Privilege for the Family of Adoption  Click here to download the Conference Brochure 
February 22, 2016
Shelley D. Hutchins, Barker parent, Gala Planning Committee Member
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February 17, 2016
Kate Simpson, Pregnancy Counselor
Recently I was speaking with a professional in a neighboring field, and she asked why my title is “Pregnancy Counselor” rather than “Adoption Counselor”. She explained that the impressions she had about pregnancy counselors did not match up with the work I do. She wondered if the term “Adoption Counselor” would conjure a more accurate image. With so many different kinds of pregnancy counselors out there I understand her point, but there is a very good reason why my title is what it is.
February 16, 2016
Heather M. Gleason, former Director of Development
The text came in saying: “At WoHop! Table for 10 is ready! Can’t wait to cu!”

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