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November 30, 2018

Ways You Can Celebrate National Adoption With Your Family

When one thinks of adoption, one might often think of permanency, bringing a child into your home, or creating a forever family for a child in need.  While these are all very consistent with the theme of adoption, and certainly are the most common aspects, I took a moment this week to think of so Read More

November 30, 2018

Keeping Siblings Together

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November 1, 2018

My Adoption Journey

“You have two mothers. I’m just the lucky one who gets to raise you,” my mom always said. “Your other mother loved you so much she gave you away.” I was given up for adoption so that I could have a better life. And I did. Read More

July 31, 2017

How Childhood Trauma Could Be Mistaken for ADHD

Anyone who works in child welfare or has fostered/adopted from the child welfare system knows that an overwhelming percentage of children in foster care are diagnosed with ADHD. Read More

July 28, 2017

More Than a Service: Love & Support From Cradle Care Mothers

So much conversation about adoption centers around adoptive parents, birth parents, and the children who are adopted, but there is one group that often goes unnoticed – the families that tirelessly care for babies during the time when the biological mothers and fathers of the babies are trying to Read More

July 12, 2017

How to Ruin Your Relationship with Your Teen

Relating to teens can be difficult, especially when parenting an older child adopted from foster care. For first time parents, jumping into parenting during the teen years can be daunting and exhausting. Here are some tips and tricks from Michelle Lehnardt, a blogger with the Today Show. Read More

June 22, 2017

Pregnant and Considering Adoption? We can help.

If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and are not sure what to do Barker Adoption's Pregnancy Counselors are here to help you navigate through your options and help you make the best plan for you and your baby. Read More

June 22, 2017

Parenting Teens and Tweens - What They Really Need

So what does parenting a tween or teen actually entail? What do behaviors of these kids actually look like? Read More

June 9, 2017

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? Read More

May 26, 2017

13 Reasons Why - Addressing the Concerns

You may or may not have heard of the Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why. The show depicts many issues that affect teens today, including bullying, sexual assault, and suicide. Read More

May 5, 2017

Feel Good Friday!

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