Event Description

More About Barker S.T.A.R.S.

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Meet Barker  S.T.A.R.S. - "Sharing Sami," "Talking Tessa," and "Ready Riley," they were adopted too!


Event Details

Who: Adoptive parents and children currently in Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7

When: Sunday, October 29

Time: 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM ET 

Where: Barker Bethesda Office

Fee: $115 (this covers both the parent and kid sessions)

Kids Group Facilitator: Missy Herendeen, LMSW/LGSW, Adoption Competent Therapist & 200 RYT

Parent Group Facilitator: Ellen Singer, LCSW, Adoption Competent Therapist

This event is open to all adoptive families regardless of your connection to Barker. Please feel free to share this with other adoptive families within your community!

Barker S.T.A.R.S. KIDS Group

We have created an engaging workshop with the help of Sami, Tess, and Riley. Adopted children in grades 3-7 will have the opportunity to talk and process their feelings about adoption in a safe, age-appropriate way. They will have an additional focus on increased self-esteem through crafts and games. 



Gain the opportunity to meet other parents while your child is in their Kid Group!

Parent Groups will take place simultaneously while the Kid Groups are in session. During this time, parents can connect with other families and hear how they have approached questions and comments about their family and adoption. 

Baker's adoption experts will help you gain the tools and language you need to answer others comments or questions about your family. As an attendee, you will also learn ways to talk to your child about these questions and help them feel empowered to respond to comments that may feel invasive.

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Barker S.T.A.R.S. Workshops for Adoptive Parents and Their Kids in Grades 3-7  
Sunday, October 29, 2023, from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM EST.

BARKER S.T.A.R.S. parent and kids workshops will help provide you and your child with the skills, language, and confidence on how your unique family can tackle uncomfortable/invasive questions and comments about adoption. It is also a great opportunity for adopted kids to meet others who are adopted. Adopted children in grades 3-7thth grade to have the chance to talk and process their feelings about adoption in a safe, age-appropriate way.  They will also explore what they are comfortable sharing with others, and become empowered to make choices on their own on what- and how- they wish to share information.  It is also a great opportunity for adopted kids to meet others who are adopted.

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Event Type: 
Educational Workshops
Audience Type: 
Child or Teen Adoptee

Date and Location

Event Date: 
Sunday, October 29, 2023 - 10:00am to 12:30pm
Time Zone: 
Barker Bethesda Office
Address 1: 
7979 Old Georgetown Road
Address 2: 
First Floor
Postal Code: 
United States

Event Contact

Melissa Herendeen

Registration Information

Registration is required?: 
Registration is Open?: 
Fee: $115 child & parent(s)