Dr. Helen M. Barker-Adams, Founder

Dr. Helen M Barker Adams

Dr. Adams, founder, was born in the Caribbean Island of Trinidad and Tobago. She is the second child of nine siblings. She migrated to the United States in 1965 and became a naturalized U.S citizen in 1973. She is the mother of three adult children and the grandmother of six grand children.

Dr. Adams is a Highly Qualified and Certified Special Education Teacher in the state of Florida. She is also a Certified Trainer and Curriculum Designer. Dr. Adams has a B.A. in Education (specializing in Special Education), an M.A. in Computer Science (specializing in Computer Resources and Data Management) and an Ed.D. in Education (specializing in Organizational Leadership and Education Leadership). Dr. Adams Parenting Skills Program provide parenting skills to at-risk parents with disabilities, to at-risk parents with children with disabilities and to foster parents willing to provide foster care to children with disabilities.

The program curriculum is comprised of 14 different, but related training units. Many of the activities in the units are hands-on allowing for the practice of the skills. A need analysis is established during the first meeting with a client. Activities are tailored based on the specific needs of the client as presented by the case manager, the data in the client's profile and the information gathered from the need analysis survey completed by the parent/caregiver.

Dr. Adams is a former teacher of students with diverse disabilities at the Polk County School District. Her availability is flexible and she is in close proximity to most cities in Polk County. She is also knowledgeable about the various agencies that can assist or provide support to the clients who participate in our programs.

Reference: Please contact Heartland For Children
Chief Quality & Performance Officer,
William Numally
863-519-8900 extension 213