Event Description

Barker’s Department of Family and Post-Adoption Services invites you to participate in its new “Barker Book Club.”  

All members of the adoption circle – adopted persons, adoptive parents, birth parents – are encouraged to join us at our location in downtown Bethesda for one or all of these lively sessions facilitated by Barker's Director of Family and Post-Adoption Services.  To read more about why Barker is starting a book club and what we hope participants will gain from it, please check out this Book Club blog post from Varda Makovsky.

Barker Book Club titles and dates include:

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Ghost of Sangju, Soojung Jo

Soojung Jo, born in Korea, was adopted by a family in Kentucky as a three year old.  This often humorous memoir chronicles her journey toward self-understanding and adoptive identity through several key stages of life including childhood, college, marriage, parenthood (both as a biological and adoptive parent) and reunion with her birth family. Sign-up for this session

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Ithaka: A Daughter’s Memoir of Being Found, Sarah Saffian

Sarah Saffian was adopted as an infant and at age 23, was "found" by her biological parents.  This heartfelt memoir chronicles her powerful emotional journey of reconnection with her birth parents and path toward self-discovery. Sign-up for this session

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Three Little Words, Ashley Rhodes-Courter 

An inspiring true story of the tumultuous 9 years the author spent in 14 different homes in the foster care system, and how she triumphed over painful memories and real-life daily challenges and horrors to ultimately find her own voice.  Sign-up for this session

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 7:00 PM

General Discussion on Children’s Books

We’ll present favorite titles appropriate for a variety of ages and situations including explaining adoption to children, international adoption, transracial adoption and older child adoption.  Come ready to talk about your favorites, too!    Sign-up for this session

Monday, April 4, 2016 at 7:00 PM

An-Ya and Her Diary, Diane René Christian

This book chronicles the journey of a girl who was born in China and adopted at the age of 11.  Written in diary format, it chronicles her emotional journey as she is catapulted from a Chinese orphanage into a middle-class American home. An-Ya's story is one of incredible loss, filled with painful transitions and longed for hope. Sign-up for this session

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Participant’s Choice!

We’ll discuss potential titles at the February session and announce the “Participant’s Choice” selection at the April session.  All suggestions welcome!  Sign-up for this session


All meetings will take place at Barker’s Bethesda office located at 7979 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, and light refreshments will be served.

The fee to register is $15 per session.

Event Type: 
Special Events
Audience Type: 
Prospective Parent Project Wait No Longer-Older Child Adoption from Foster CareProspective Parent International AdoptionProspective Parent Domestic AdoptionAdoptive ParentBirth ParentAdult AdopteeProfessional

Date and Location

Event Date: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 7:00pm
Time Zone: 
The Barker Adoption Foundation's Bethesda Office

Event Contact

Varda Makovsky

Registration Information

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Sign up for each date using the link in the description. 

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$15 per session