NEW BARKER S.T.A.R.S. Kids & Parent Groups

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Designed for adoptive children who are currently in 1st to 5th grade and their parents, Barker’s S.T.A.R.S. Workshops will empower you and your child with skills, language, and the confidence to respond and make decisions on how your unique family will tackle uncomfortable/invasive questions and comments.

Register today for one of our new Barker S.T.A.R.S. Kids & Parents groups held on Saturday, April 18 at our Virginia Office.


During this workshop custom plush "teddies" Sami, Tessa, and Riley will empower your child to be ready for comments and questions about adoption from others and focus on exploring their own feelings about adoption. Sami, Tessa, and Riley will go home with your child filled with memories and representations of what makes them a unique and wonderful person. Parents will have the opportunity to meet other adoptive parents while your child is in their Kids Group. During the Parent group, you will hear from other adoptive families and how they approached questions and comments about the family. Our adoption expert facilitators will provide you with the tools and support to help you and your family navigate through uncomfortable moments, and ways to talk to your child about these questions.

Learn more about Barker S.T.A.R.S. Kids & Parents groups for 1st - 2nd graders and their parents here

Learn more about Barker S.T.A.R.S. Kids & Parents groups for 3rd to 5th graders and their parents here

Barker's 26th Annual Adoption & Foster Care Conference - POSTPONED

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Annual Adoption Conference - Important Update—COVID 19 (Coronavirus) 

As you know, Barker's 2020 Annual Adoption & Foster Care Conference and Teen Connections Event, originally scheduled for this weekend, has been postponed due to public health concerns. We are thrilled to announce that we have rescheduled the conference and teen event for Saturday, November 14, 2020, and look forward to seeing you then.

November is an exciting month to bring together hundreds of adult adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents, and adoption professionals from around the region and the country as it marks National Adoption Month!

Many of you have let us how eager you are to attend the conference later this year, and we hope that all who previously registered will join us on November 14. Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to seeing you at the conference in November. Learn more about our annual conference here

FOUR PART SERIES- It’s Not Just Parenting: Special Obligations in Transracial Adoptive Parenting

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All parents have obligations to their children. But things get more complex and surprising when it comes to the responsibilities of adoptive parents. In this groundbreaking 4-part series- starting Monday, November 18 at The Hill Center from 7 - 9:30P, ethicist and transracial, international adoptee Nabina Liebow, PhD discusses what special obligations adoptive parents have to their transracially adopted children. We will examine a unique set of obligations in each session and why these matter to your child. While participants can choose which sessions to attend, participating in all four will provide parents with a more comprehensive set of tools for understanding what they owe their transracially adopted children. Learn more about each session below and register today!

Register for all four sessions and save $50/person

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