b'From Homelessness andNeglect to a Home and Love Ayaand her youngerchild adoption program,The family has generously sisters Tala and Sarah wereDavid and Amy were able togiven their time to speak with originally born and raised inadopt all three of the girls, atprospective families and have Beirut, Lebanon. In 2004, theages 15, 13, and 11. Despitediscussed their story and girls were brought to the U.S.their previous circumstance,answered questions at many by their mother. However,Aya, Tala, and Sarah finallyPWNL Information Meetings because of their mothershad a home and wereand foster care adoption severe mental illness, Aya andsurrounded by love and atrainings, known as P.R.I.D.E. her sisters were subjected tostable family life where theyIn addition, at age 27 Aya neglect, homelessness, andwere all together.shared her story at the 2022 mental and physical abuse.Barker Adoption Foundation After the girls were taken intoBarker is what made myAnnual Meeting, in front of custody, Aya was separatedlife a possibility. Without137 attendees, something from her sisters for two yearsthem, my story wouldvethat would terrify most adults and spent most of her timebeen nothing. Without mysignificantly older than her. in between foster homes.parents love and support, IShe was an inspiration to all When Aya turned 15, shenever would have imaginedattending and continues to desperately wanted to begoing to college, muchbe that to all who meet her. reunited with her sisters butless pursuing a Doctorate.Thank you Aya, Tala, Sarah, was in danger of aging outBarker gave me theDavid, and Amy for all that of the system. And then theopportunity to meet theyou do to support Barker. impossible happened: Amylove of my life in seminary.Were here for you, always.and David found the girls.And now were having a Through Barkers Projectbaby! I couldnt be more Wait No Longer (PWNL) oldergrateful, says Aya. ANNUAL REPORT 2021 191 9'