The Barker Adoption Foundation Kids’ Groups are held several times a year. These workshops are divided into age-appropriate groups and are facilitated by a Barker social worker. The groups provide safe, supportive, and fun environments in which children can express their feelings about adoption, ask questions, learn how to talk about adoption in a way they are comfortable with, and share their adoption stories. The activities are structured and include games, coloring, crafts, and age-appropriate discussions about various adoption-related issues. At the end of each session, parents have the opportunity to meet with the facilitator to hear about the topics discussed with the children.
Barker Teen Connections is held every fall at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The program includes both indoor and outdoor activities, an opportunity to share experiences with other teens who were adopted, and participation in a community service project (community service credits can be provided). The program is facilitated by adoption professionals and always includes at least one facilitator who was also adopted.
Please check Barker’s Event Calendar for dates of upcoming activities and to register.