Fulfilling the Promise of Adoption Spring 2005 It’s not too late to register for Barker’s 60th Anniversary Conference, “Fulfilling the Promise of Adoption,” which will be held on Saturday, March 5, from 9 AM to 4 PM in Rockville, Maryland, at the Shady Grove Conference Center. The conference features two nationally acclaimed authors and adoptive fathers: psychologist, Dr. Michael Thompson (The Pressured Child); and journalist Neely Tucker (Love in the Driest Season). Break-out sessions include panels of adopted persons, birth fathers and birth mothers, and adoptive parents. For an additional fee, onsite child care is available. Please call Sue Culver for more information: 301–664–9664, or email email@example.com. The registration form may be downloaded from Barker’s website: www.barkerfoundation.org. Our gratitude to the Pictured, left to right: Vita, Chipo and Neely Tucker Freddie Mac Foundation for sponsoring the conference! 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Th ith fun year co e adult s you w e h child filled and th la for t e , a t o b h i l d re n b e r G ye a r , ir, th e c Novem st one es Cha a mile Truste with the on d of c ting , Boar efle an In r e A k m i Non Connected Lives . . . Creating the Art Project New Barker Staff Invites From the When I was first asked to put together an art committee for Barker’s new office You to Make a Difference! Executive Director space, two Barker moms immediately came to mind: Diane Brooks, an art quilt and wearable–art designer; and Alice Corbett, a classically–trained artist. As longstanding The Barker team welcomes two new additions volunteers and parents of teenagers, we found irresistible the chance once again to share in 2005. Kimberly Watkins joined Barker in our creative energies on behalf of Barker, PLUS catch up on our own families! January as Executive Assistant to Marilyn Regier. Kimberly’s responsibilities include development, Back in July when we began this art project, we were somewhat overwhelmed by how event planning, and administration. Prior to many blank walls there were. So we visited galleries and consulted with outside joining Barker, she founded and ran a nonprofit professionals. Over time, we came to trust our own creative instincts. Diane became organization that taught youth financial literacy, excited about incorporating sepia–toned photographs of Barker children into a building successful relationships with local banks multi–colored quilt, to convey the idea of history while uniting children from many to support her organization’s mission. In her spare different countries. She was totally surprised to learn much later that the pattern for time she continues to teach young people and this particular quilt is actually called “Trip around the World.” And so the quilt Diane work with local schools to focus on youth Open House Co–Chairs, Sonya Ali & Meg Miller, survey Barker's new office space. created is now displayed in Barker’s reception area, offering a warm welcome to all. entrepreneurship. Kimberly lives in Silver Spring with her husband and son. Come Visit Barker’s New Home Alice came to our creative process thinking about the depth Juanita Holland, Ph.D., also joined Barker Sixty years is a remarkably long life for an SAVE THE DATE! On Sunday, April 10 from 1–4p.m., Barker invites you to an in January as the Senior Writer and Grants adoption agency. Indeed, there are only “Open House” to see the new main office at 7979 Old Georgetown Road in and breadth of the adoption experience. The broad spectrum Coordinator. As Grants Coordinator, she will be a handful of agencies that have Barker’s Bethesda. This family event, chaired by Sonya Ali and Meg Miller, will include good growing the base of foundation support that longevity. Since 1945, the agency has food, a raffle drawing, an art “quilt” project for children to participate in (that will of life experiences in adoption could be represented by nourishes vitally important Barker services. Juanita touched the lives of countless individuals, later be displayed in the office) and balloon sculptor for the kids. The afternoon will be has been writing successful grant proposals for and in 2005, we are planning a number of an opportunity to visit with old friends, make new ones or to just catch up on the a spectrum of hues and light–dark values, contrasting with major area nonprofits for the last five years. events designed to bring the Barker family changes that have taken place at Barker over the past year. She brings writing skills honed as an historian together throughout the 60th anniversary each other and creating a background for children’s faces. and published writer to advocate on behalf of year. Some of these events are more Volunteers are needed for the Open House. If you would like to help with the Barker’s domestic, international, and post–adopt ceremonial, some more informal. But all are quilt project, or if your child would like to be present for the “ribbon cutting,” From this concept came our idea of mixed–media, multi–colored programs. Along with raising a son and many intended to foster connections among the please email Meg Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions, you pets, Juanita continues her scholarly work, writing members of the greater Barker “family.” may also call Kimberly Watkins at Barker, 301–664–9664, ext. 210; or send her an “quilt–canvases” featuring photo collages of Barker children and teaching African American history. email at: email@example.com. Please also feel free to invite family or As we embark on this eventful year, one of friends who may be interested in adoption to attend the open house. transferred to fabric and canvas, Barker's wonderful Art Committee tests out a wall as a potential "home" for one of its representing Barker’s domestic Kimberly is building the pool of Barker the most encouraging recent developments creations. Pictured, left to right: Diane Brooks, Alice Corbett, and Maureen Golden. volunteers, most immediately for the March is the reemergence of the “volunteer spirit” Additional information on the Open House will follow in the mail in the next and international families. 5th conference, the April 10th Sixtieth in Barker families. Volunteerism seemed for few weeks. Anniversary Open House, and the June picnic. a time to go out of style, perhaps from some And I was struck by how meaningful it has been for each of us personally to be part of — by Meg Miller a project which reflects so much of what Barker is all about–lives connected by adoption. Please contact her if you’d like to volunteer for confluence of demographic shifts, women these dates, or to help out with other Barker in the workplace, staff turnover at Barker, Over the course of many hours, our work and our lives became intertwined, much in the traditional way of coming together to stitch a quilt, but enhanced by the special activities (firstname.lastname@example.org). and quite simply—apathy. We are a small Pictured are the children and staff of the Juanita is always interested in hearing staff and very dependent upon and grateful perspectives we share as adoptive parents. Not only have we created truly unique Samaritan Children's Home in Sri Lanka. from those who may have contacts in or for the volunteers who have recently come artwork which we hope will touch many, but we also experienced once again why we The orphanage is run by Dayalan Sanders, information about the foundation community forth, especially eager to make Barker’s 60th and other families connected by adoption cherish our continuing relationships with brother of Barker adoptive parent, Kanya (email@example.com). Your input truly special. Sanders. The home was destroyed in the recent each other and with Barker. Come see for yourself on April 10! can be instrumental in helping Barker to win the tsunami, but every single orphan was saved — by Maureen Golden funding we need to provide critical assistance to Someone has observed that ceremonies are after a dramatic rescue by Dayalan. The birth mothers, children, and adoptive families. “the punctuation marks of life, which help Barker Foundation sent a donation for the Both Juanita and Kimberly look forward to us to pause and possess our lives, rather rebuilding of the home. Interested readers may News in Brief getting to know the larger Barker family in the than being simply rushed along by them.” visit www.samaritanchildrenshome.org coming year. So, with all the gratitude of one who is We welcome Angelika Balik as Domestic Program Assistant and bid farewell to both an adoptive parent and an adoption her predecessor, Meagan Lyon, who has entered a graduate school program. Pictured, left to right: professional, I invite you to pause, reflect, Kimberly Watkins, Marilyn Regier, and Juanita Holland and celebrate this wonderful year, while With Sympathy If you have an interest in Barker’s first Birthland Tour to Colombia this summer, also recommitting your energy and your please email Colleen McLain at firstname.lastname@example.org. resources to the task of ensuring that We send our heartfelt sympathy to two Barker families who mourn the loss of loved ones. Jennifer Hammer, beloved wife of Tom, and mother of Adam and We are compiling a Barker Cookbook and welcome recipes from our families. Please Barker is there for future generations. submit contributions to Dionne Johnston by April 2: email@example.com. Samantha, died on November 22. Jennifer's spirit was an inspiration to many, and her devotion to Barker was evident through her many volunteer activities. We also send condolences to the family of Col. (U.S. Army Ret.) Hayden Thanks to Barker parent, Karen Lerner, for making available a a speaking opportunity Estey, father of Victoria Burch and John Estey. Col. Estey died December 13 at Cedar lane Unitarian Universalist Church's Sunday Forum series. Marilyn Regier gave and was preceded in death by his wife. Barker is grateful to the Hammer and a symposium lecture on January 16, "Ethical Challenges in Contemporary Adoption Estey families for designating Barker as a memorial gift recipient. Practice." Please let us know of any additional opportunities for Barker staff to get out into the community!
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