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June 29, 2015

Our Return to Korea

Our son experienced his first return to his homeland as an adoptee, a violinist, a diplomat, and a 9-year-old. Read More

June 29, 2015

Criticize, Advise, or Keep Quiet? Responding to Negative Remarks about Adoption

Imagine you’re in a room full of people, having a good time—until someone makes a troubling comment about adoption. Even though the rest of the party keeps going, for you everything stops. It’s as if the projectionist just switched off the film, brought up the house lights, and asked you what you’re going to do next. Will you smile tolerantly? Will you seize this teachable moment? How will people feel about you—and, more importantly, how will you feel about yourself—after everything is over? Read More

June 26, 2015

A Warm, Safe, Place to Sleep

Thanks to the support of the Barker community, 30 infants and toddlers in GuangXi Province, China, no longer have to sleep on mats the floor.  Read More

June 10, 2015

One Social Worker's View of the Homestudy

As an adoptive parent who has lived through a home study and as a social worker that has conducted them, I am delighted to share some of my thoughts about the home study process. I am convinced that it is one of the most misunderstood aspects of adoption. Surrounded by myths and horror stories, it is too often viewed by prospective adoptive parents as a tortuous ordeal perpetrated by social workers. Read More

February 25, 2015

From Foster Care To Freshman Year

This story, From Foster Care to Freshman Year, was covered by NPR in early January. Read More

January 27, 2015

Family's holiday card goes viral for all the right reasons

Link: Family's holiday card goes viral for all the right reasons Read More

December 3, 2014

‘I’ve always wanted a place to call home’

Link: ‘I’ve always wanted a place to call home’ Read More

July 30, 2014

10 Reasons Why You Should Consider Becoming an Adoptive Family

10) You are good with kids!  9) Your commitment will help change a child’s future 8) Patience and sense of humor are two of your greatest strengths. 7) You have a heart that his bigger than your home. 6) Reaching out to others seems natural to you. Read More

May 2, 2014

PWNL Reacts to Washington Post Article: Congress should focus on interstate, rather than international, adoptions

Link: PWNL Reacts to Washington Post Article: Congress should focus on interstate, rather than Read More

April 21, 2014

6th Annual College Dream Tour

This year on May 3, 2014 the George Mason University Department of Social Work is hosting the 6th Annual College Dream Tour.  Read More