New Announcement from The China Center of Children’s Welfare and Adoption(CCCWA)


The China Center of Children’s Welfare and Adoption(CCCWA) posted a notice today notifying agencies that all activities of the One-on-One programs, Journey of Hope Programs and Summer/Winter Hosting Programs will be terminated. Through these programs, the CCCWA has allowed agencies better access to the children with special needs in orphanages for the purpose of finding homes for them. Barker has had the privilege of participating in a Journey of Hope program in 2014 and in multiple One-on-One Programs, which we call our Partnership Program, since 2011.

Jet-lag, Culture Shock and Doubts of an Adoptive Parent

When an adoptive family travels to pick up their new child in the child’s birth country, as an international adoption coordinator, I am anxious during that first week when they meet their child, and breathe easier after the week has passed if I haven’t heard from them.  Why? Because while everyone expects it to be a week of great joy and happiness, I know from my own experience it can be quite the opposite. You see, before I became an adoption professional, I was an adoptive mom.

A Family Is What You Make It. Revisiting a China Waiting Children Family Story

"A Family Is What You Make It" That’s what National Public Radio Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep says. He should know – Steve is both an adopted person and an adoptive father. A few years ago Steve, Carolee, his wife, and their daughter, Ava, traveled to China to welcome Ana Xiao, a vivacious three-and-a-half-year-old, into their family. Steve and Carolee shared their adoption story, and why they trusted Barker to help them on their journey.  

Our New Normal

On an otherwise uneventful Friday in late November 2015, I opened my email to find a message about a little boy from Ann Morrison, the director of the domestic adoption program at Barker. He was two years old, had big beautiful eyes, lived in China, and was diagnosed with hemophilia. My husband and I were approved and waiting for a domestic adoption match, but Ann knew that our hearts were pulling us toward adopting a toddler and Barker was hoping to find that little boy’s family quickly due to his medical needs, so she sent us a little information just in case. My husband opened his email at nearly the same moment and we immediately began messaging back and forth.


Did you see?

Reading now. Cute boy.

Really cute. China?

Did you see his little feet?