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October 14, 2016

DNA Analysis and Its Challenges for Adoption

I found the following article, DNA’s new ‘miracle’: How adoptees are using online registries to find their blood relatives, on the front page of the Washington Post Thursday morning very interesting. Read More

October 5, 2016

Maryland Enacts Policies to Protect Foster Youth Who Identify as LGBTQ

Maryland has officially enacted policies aimed at making the foster care system safer for foster youth who identify as LGBTQ. Many LGBTQ youth who enter the foster care system are subject to more trauma and violence because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Read More

September 23, 2016

Barker Annual Picnic: A Tradition More than a Decade Strong

After a fun-filled sunny day on Sunday, it is safe to say the Barker tradition of the annual picnic being one of the highlights of the year for the Barker community continues strong. In fact, we were thrilled to see over 150 of you at the picnic! Read More

September 23, 2016

Congratulations to an Amazing PWNL Mom on Her Award Winning Blog!

One of our very own PWNL Moms has been recognized as one of the best Adoptive Mom Blogs of 2016 by Healthline for her blog, Adoptive Black Mom.  Adoptive Black Mom chronicles her adoption journey from the searching process to her every day parenting struggles in an honest and re Read More

September 9, 2016

Feel Good Friday!

When Abby's adoption finalization hearing was scheduled for the same day as her first day of school, her entire class came to support her big day! Read More

September 1, 2016

September News from Project Wait No Longer

Each month, Project Wait No Longer, offers updates and insights through its very popular newsletter. You can sign up to receive it directly through U.S.P.S. Read More

August 16, 2016

When Foster Youth are Given a Chance, This is What Happens...

Despite all of the obstacles in his way, James Turner was able to graduate from high school, excel in track, and get accepted to college. Read More

August 9, 2016

August News from Project Wait No Longer

Each month Project Wait No Longer offers updates and insights through its very popular newsletter. You can sign up to receive it directly in your good old fashioned U.S.P.S. mailbox by emailing Namatie Mansaray at nmansaray [at] barkerfoundation.org, or, you can now find it in the Barker Blog. Read More

July 21, 2016

Catching Up With PWNL

PWNL has been busy in the beginning of the 2016 summer months! If you haven't had a chance to read our newsletter, please take the time to catch up on what's been going on in PWNL! Read More

July 13, 2016

Perspectives of Children in Foster Care

Children in foster care have often experienced trauma and find it difficult to communicate how they feel to the people around them. Read More

June 24, 2016

Feel Good Friday!

In case you missed it, watch this little girl's adoption finalization become even more special with a lot of hard work and a little magic.    Read More

June 17, 2016

Barker Celebrates Fathers!

I am always surprised by the calls and emails I receive from adoptive dads around this time of year.   One father of teenagers wrote: “Each Father’s Day as I reflect on my family and our two beautiful daughters, I think about ALL the families made possible throug Read More