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April 11, 2017

A Family Is What You Make It. Revisiting a China Waiting Children Family Story

"A Family Is What You Make It" That’s what National Public Radio Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep says. Read More

April 6, 2017

Top 5 Things Our Pregnancy Counselors Do

Pregnant?  Our pregnancy counselors are here to listen and help. Read More

April 5, 2017

Texting Rules for Teens

Helping teens navigate safety when it comes to technology can be difficult for parents - especially parents who have recently adopted their older child. Read More

March 30, 2017

Understanding Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)

A Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) diagnosis often times can give children in foster care a scary and misunderstood label. Often, adoptive parents aren't particularly sure what RAD is or exactly what it looks like. Read More

March 17, 2017

15 Year Old Adopted After Spending 2310 Days in Foster Care

Watch the story of the Bailey Family, whose beliefs led them to adopt from Foster Care. With or without the beliefs expressed in the video, there's no doubt that Chase and thousands of kids like him deserve a loving, forever family, no matter what age. Read More

March 13, 2017

Top 6 Things to Remember When Reviewing Child Files and Other PWNL News

Top 6 Things to Remember When Reviewing Child Files  By Beverly Clarke, PWNL Program Director  Read More

March 1, 2017

Our New Normal

On an otherwise uneventful Friday in late November 2015, I opened my email to find a message about a little boy from Ann Morrison, the director of the domestic adoption program at Barker. He was two years old, had big beautiful eyes, lived in China, and was diagnosed with hemophilia. Read More

February 22, 2017

Adoptive Couple Seeks to Adopt One Young Child and Gain So Much More

Alexandre and Franciso, adoptive parents from Brazil, found themselves adopting a sibling group of three boys. Read More

January 31, 2017

Listen to the Amazing Testimony of a Young Man Who Spent 20 Years in Foster Care

Entering the foster care system at just one year of age, 21 year old Noel Anaya shares his story in an NPR news segment. Read More

December 23, 2016

Responding to: "You're Not My Real Mom"

One unique aspect of adopting an older child is the fact that your child will have connections and relationships with other adults who may have acted in the role of a parent, whether it be a biological, foster, or adoptive parent. Read More

December 9, 2016

15 Questions to Replace "How Was School Today?"

Often times when trying to make a connection with their children, parents ask, "How was school today?" While this may seem like a harmless question, it often ignites the response, "Fine." with no follow-up. Read More

October 14, 2016

DNA Analysis and Its Challenges for Adoption

I found the following article, DNA’s new ‘miracle’: How adoptees are using online registries to find their blood relatives, on the front page of the Washington Post Thursday morning very interesting. Read More

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