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
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
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 email@example.com.
The Barker Adoption Foundation welcomes adoption applications from couples and individuals of all religious and ethnic backgrounds, and all sexual orientations and gender expressions.
The Barker Adoption Foundation, with offices in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. is a nonprofit adoption agency. We support birth parents and their families, as well as adoptive parents and adoptees with lifelong adoption-related services.