November 24, 2015

Special Campaign to Support Barker’s Flood Recovery Efforts

As many of you have heard, Barker’s Bethesda offices were recently severely damaged by a freak flood that occurred when pipes, located several floors above Barker, burst, triggering the sprinkler system and unleashing tons of water into the Barker space below. Read More

November 23, 2015

Adoption and Foster Care Expo: Find Homes for Waiting Children

The Barker Adoption Foundation is proud to be the gold sponsor for the upcoming Adoption and Foster Care Expo being held on Saturday, December 5th from 11am to 3pm at the Carnegie Library - 801 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001. Read More

November 20, 2015

Project Wait No Longer on The Radio!

Tune in tonight - Friday November 20th at 7pm to the Marty and Katina show on Brite Radio to hear from Beverly Clarke, Director of Project Wait No Longer, as she speaks about the needs of children who are currently awaiting adoption from the US foster care system.  Read More

November 10, 2015

Barker Meets with "Closure" Documentary Filmmakers to Discuss New Adoption Education Project

Last night, Barker had the opportunity to spend the evening at an intimate gathering with the inspirational couple behind the movie “Closure,” a documentary about a transracial adoptee who finds her birth mother, and meets the rest of a family who didn't know she existed. The movie makers, Angela and Bryan Tucker, were in Washington, D.C., for a screening of the film at American University and to gather support for their new venture, The Adopted Life Episodes. Barker joined adoption professionals from around the DC area, including Adoptions Together, PACT, Children’s Home Society, the Lab School, the Commonwealth Academy, and National Children’s Research Center to meet and support the couple and each other in this important work. Read More

November 9, 2015

November News from Project Wait No Longer

Each month Project Wait No Longer offers updates and insights through its very popular newsletter.  You can sign up to receive it directly in your good old fashioned U.S.P.S. Read More

November 9, 2015

Celebrating Foster Children -- Thank you American Girl Magazine

Our work in Project Wait No Longer, finding families for children who are awaiting permanency in the foster care system, has taught us many things.  It has taught us more about the effects of trauma, the resiliency of children, and the healing that can come from a loving and committed family.  Read More

November 8, 2015

Register for January/February 2016 PRIDE Training

PRIDE (Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education) is a nationally recognized training model used for families who are interested in adopting an older child from the foster care system. Classes are held at the Bethesda office over a period of 4 Saturdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Families have the opportunity to learn about adoption from the foster care system and to better understand the needs of children who are being placed through Project Wait No Longer (PWNL). Read More

November 6, 2015

Letting Go: A National Adoption Month Special Post

Last month, I had the unique opportunity to attend a writing workshop at Kripalu, a wellness center in the Berkshires.  It was a blissful few days of yoga, meditation, and memoir writing.  I sat in a circle of other writers, each of us anxiously awaiting our Read More

November 3, 2015

Can't Miss Event: Author Rhonda Roorda to Discuss Transracial Adoption Book at Barker

Please join Barker for a provocative and important presentation on a subject too-seldom explored: what black Americans think about transracial adoption.  The featured speaker is Rhonda Roorda, a highly regarded national presenter on transracial adoption, who hers Read More

October 28, 2015

Tips About International Adoption from Older Adoptees -- Part 2

Having an older adopted child myself, I have always been interested in hearing the perspectives of the child on their adoption, particularly those that were adopted as an older child through international adoption.  Below are some ideas for parents adopting an older child internationally that cam Read More

October 28, 2015

Sharing the Needs of Foster Care Youth

The United States is currently facing a crisis.  A crisis that is often not being discussed in the media, during presidential debates, or in conversations at the local coffee shop.  In our country we currently have over 400,000 children in the foster care system.  Over 100,000 of these children a Read More

October 26, 2015

New Resource from Child Welfare Information Gateway with Tips on Supporting Youth in Foster Care in Making Healthy Choices

Recently, the Child Welfare Information Gateway released a factsheet titled “Supporting Youth in Foster Care in Making Healthy Choices: A Guide for Caregivers and Caseworkers on Trauma, Treatment and Psychotropic Medications”, which is available for FREE through Read More

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