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At The Barker Adoption Foundation, parent education and trainings are an essential and valuable part of the adoption process.

While many may think that education and training is just a part of the initial phases of adoption, it truly is a lifelong process, which is why we are committed to providing these critical services before, during, and after your adoption process.

Required Meetings and Training

Information Meetings

The first step in learning more about adoption, Barker, and Barker’s programs is to attend a free general adoption information meeting, held monthly at Barker’s offices. You will have the opportunity to meet with staff members, ask questions, and hear from a family that has adopted through Barker.  You can find an upcoming meeting by visiting the Barker Events Calendar.

Parent Resources for Information, Development, and Education (PRIDE)

The PRIDE curriculum is a nationally recognized certification for adoption through the public foster care system and required if considering adopting an older child through Project Wait No Longer -Older Child Adoption from Foster Care (PWNL). During the four-part, 27-hour training sessions, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about adoption from the foster care system
  • Understand more about the PWNL program and the needs of the children we place
  • Ask questions and address any concerns
  • Consider or confirm your commitment to older child adoption
  • Meet other families who are also considering adopting an older child
  • Hear from a family who has adopted through PWNL

The topics specifically address the issues relevant to older child adoption, including:

  • Attachment and bonding
  • The impact of abuse and neglect on childhood development
  • Transitioning of the child from foster care to an adoptive home
  • Educational advocacy
  • Grief and loss
  • Behavioral challenges
  • Transracial and transcultural adoption

The cost is $225 per couple or$175 for individuals. Register by visiting the Barker Events Calendar.

Ongoing Support & Workshops

PWNL: Older Child Adoption Support Group

This discussion group is open to parents at all stages of the process in the PWNL  program. This support group is offered at no cost and is open to all families that have adopted through PWNL or are considering an older child adoption through PWNL or the foster care system. To find out when the next group will be held, please visit the Barker Events Calendar.  To RSVP for this event, please contact

Please check out the Barker Events Calendar for more relevant events for prospective adoptive parents.