July 21, 2015

Announcing The Barker Adoption Book Club

I am very excited that Barker’s Department of Family and Post-Adoption Services is introducing the Barker Book Club for 2015/2016! Read More

July 21, 2015

July News From Project Wait No Longer

Here is a preview from our July PWNL Newsletter. Fostering Attachment, Focus on Food -- A large part of daily family life revolves around food and the family dinner table. This excerpt from Trish Maskew’s Our Own: Adopting and Parenting the Older Child (p. 104) does a wonderful job explaining the connection between food and attachment. “Food carries with it the psychological message of nurturing. Serving food, with a smile, is one of the best ways to form an attachment..." Read More

July 16, 2015

Our Journey to Jianfeng

Our journey to Jianfeng would never have been possible without the efforts of so many people and organizations. He has been loved, prayed for, and cared about by everyone who has heard his name. Jianfeng’s adoption is not our story alone. Read More

June 30, 2015

Infertility and Adoption

Little girls often engage in the common childhood pastime of pretending to be pregnant, but it would be a rare individual indeed who would ever dress-rehearse infertility as a future problem. Unless individuals have pre-existing medical problems, they assume they will easily conceive a child. Read More

June 30, 2015

Speaking Positively: Using Respectful Adoption Language

Respectful Adoption Language (RAL) is vocabulary about adoption that has been chosen to reflect maximum respect, responsibility and objectivity about the decisions made by birth parents and adoptive parents in discussing the family planning decisions they have made for children who have been adopted. Read More

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 29, 2015

A Barker Family's Connection to Nepal

The Butler Rothchild family has been a Barker family since 2007. The Barker Foundation helped bring their family together when Christopher Butler and Jennifer Rothchild adopted their daughter Laxmi from Nepal in 2011 and their daughter Xiang from China in 2012. 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 24, 2015

June 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

June 12, 2015

Barker Goes Nats 2015

The Barker Adoption Foundation went out to the ballgame on Sunday, June 7, for the third annual “Barker Goes Nats!” event. Barker received the Washington National’s Spirit Award and hosted a celebratory event for over 300 Barker friends and families. 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