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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

October 5, 2016

Maryland Enacts Policies to Protect Foster Youth Who Identify as LGBTQ

Maryland has officially enacted policies aimed at making the foster care system safer for foster youth who identify as LGBTQ. Many LGBTQ youth who enter the foster care system are subject to more trauma and violence because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Read More

September 23, 2016

Congratulations to an Amazing PWNL Mom on Her Award Winning Blog!

One of our very own PWNL Moms has been recognized as one of the best Adoptive Mom Blogs of 2016 by Healthline for her blog, Adoptive Black Mom.  Adoptive Black Mom chronicles her adoption journey from the searching process to her every day parenting struggles in an honest and re Read More

September 9, 2016

Feel Good Friday!

When Abby's adoption finalization hearing was scheduled for the same day as her first day of school, her entire class came to support her big day! Read More

August 16, 2016

When Foster Youth are Given a Chance, This is What Happens...

Despite all of the obstacles in his way, James Turner was able to graduate from high school, excel in track, and get accepted to college. Read More

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