April 4, 2016

Alison Larkin Joins Adult Adoptee Discussion

The Adult Adoptee group was very excited that Alison Larkin, author, comedienne and keynote speaker at Barker’s annual Adoption & Foster Care Conference, held on Saturday, March 19, came to Washington, D.C. Read More

April 4, 2016

A Barker Legend Has Retired

The longest tenured employee at Barker, Beth Kirby, has retired, effective March 31, 2016, after 25 years of extraordinary service. Beth has served in many capacities, and her warmth and versatility are well known and greatly appreciated.  Read More

April 1, 2016

April 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. mailbox by emailing Anna Beers at abeers@barkerfoundation.org, or, you can now find it in the Barker Blog. Read More

March 21, 2016

Register for April/May 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. Read More

March 8, 2016

Covering College Expenses When you Adopt an Older Child from Foster Care

Before you know it, it will be time to begin thinking about a college education for your child (and how you will be paying for it!).  Many of you may already be thinking about and planning for this time.  Below is a list of resources for D.C., Maryland, and Virginia families interested in securin Read More

March 1, 2016

March 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. mailbox by emailing Anna Beers at abeers@barkerfoundation.org, or, you can now find it in the Barker Blog. Read More

February 24, 2016

Conference to Explore Connected Lives of the Family of Adoption

What is your definition of family? When this question was posed recently to Barker adoptive parents of an unstoppable two-year old, they responded as follows: “Family is unconditional love and in our case, it’s even larger, as our daughter has us, who love her to the end of the earth, and she has her birth mother and her family who all love her and want to help her be happy and live the best life possible. “ As Barker marks 70 years of connecting and supporting families through adoption and education, it will fittingly focus its 22nd annual Conference on the connected lives of “families of adoption,” the unique ensemble that includes birth parents, adoptive parents, and the child of adoption. Read More

February 22, 2016

Come Share 70 Joyful Years with Your Barker Family

On March 5, The Barker Adoption Foundation celebrates its 70th anniversary with a grand gala featuring prestigious guest speakers, fantastic silent auction items, live music and a stunning setting—not to mention dinner and drinks. Many people feel numbers tell a cold, factual story with little excitement. But who can argue the deep emotion elicited by these numbers, especially for those of us so intimately affected by them. Nearly 7,500 children placed in loving, permanent homes, creating forever families since 1945... Read More

February 16, 2016

Joining in the Great Migration: Chinese New Year Family Celebration

The text came in saying: “At WoHop! Table for 10 is ready! Can’t wait to cu!” Read More

February 12, 2016

Remembering Anita Datar: Celebrating Her Commitment to Family

In late January 2016, the U.S. Read More

February 2, 2016

Barker's Annual Adoption & Foster Care Conference: March 19

Barker's 22nd Annual Adoption & Foster Care Conference: Connected Lives: A Complex Privilege for the Family of Adoption. The adoption landscape today is in a state of flux. We find striking permutations on the theme of adoptive parenting and on the role of birth parents. Yet no matter how many variations or rearrangements exist, one principle grows ever clearer through the lens of rigorous clinical research and the rich findings of clinical practice: connected lives usually redound to the health of the child of adoption. Read More

February 2, 2016

On My Own

When many people think of an orphanage, I think they often envision babies and toddlers. I used to be one of those people myself. On my many trips to China, however, I began meeting and falling in love with the older children who have grown up in institutions, many who never had any true chance of finding a permanent home. Read More

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