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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 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 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

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 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 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

October 21, 2015

Have You Been Touched by Adoption? Join an Adoption Support Group

As part of its mission to provide life-long support to all members of the adoption circle, The Barker Adoption Foundation facilitates six ongoing monthly peer support/discussion groups. Read More

October 19, 2015

"My Family": Barker's 2015 Kids Art Contest is Open for Entries!

The Barker Adoption Foundation has launched its 2015 Kids Art Contest! All kids up to age 17 in the extended Barker community are welcome to submit their original artwork based on their interpretation of the contest theme, "My Family." Winning artwork may appear on Barker’s 2015 Holiday Card and/or in other Barker print and online materials and social media. Read More

October 14, 2015

Teach the Teacher: Barker Leads Adoption Workshop at Local School

Thanks to a grant from the Takoma Foundation, Barker's Director of Family and Post-Adoption Services visited Takoma Park Elementary School and conducted a staff training in adoption awareness. Read More