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Pregnancy Counseling Services
Confused and overwhelmed about options, including adoption? We can help. Our services are available to you anytime free-of-charge, free-of-pressure and always confidential.
Domestic Infant Adoption
Barker’s extensive experience in helping to create families through domestic adoption in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia dates back to 1945.
International Adoption
From direct programs in China, Colombia, India and South Korea, to local services for others, Barker is your passionate and committed ethical partner, navigating the ever-shifting landscape of international adoption.
Older Child Adoption From Foster Care
Our belief at Project Wait No Longer is that no child is ever too old to receive the unconditional love and guidance of a parent. We are seeking families in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Every child deserves a permanent and loving family.
We are advocates for ethical, respectful, child-centered adoption practices.

About The Barker Adoption Foundation

The Barker Adoption Foundation, a nonprofit adoption agency licensed in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, is built on the fundamental belief that all children deserve safe, loving, and permanent families. The Barker team is passionately dedicated to this vision, and offers comprehensive, ethical, child-centered adoption services and lifelong education and support for birth parents, adoptees, and adoptive parents.

To date Barker has placed more than 7,000 children into the welcoming arms of adoptive parents and provided counseling and related support services to more than 30,000 women and their families who are considering placing a child for adoption.

Join Barker's Annual Giving Campaign

For 70 years, the Barker Adoption Foundation has worked to build families through ethical adoption services.  Last year Barker placed 100 infants and children with permanent, loving families -- and we now count over 7,000 "Barker babies" since the agency's inception.  Thank you for everything you've done to get Barker to this milestone year.  We wouldn't be here without you.  

This fall we will once again conduct the Barker Adoption Foundation's Annual Giving Campaign.  Please click the link below to make a financial donation to the Campaign.  With your ongoing support we will continue our long history of building families through adoption.  Thank you!

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Events Calendar

Oct 6
7:00PM to 9:00PM
This discussion group is open to parents of adopted adolescents and teenagers. The group is facilitated by a Barker staff social worker.
Oct 8
7:00PM to 9:00PM
This Group is open to anyone who has placed a child for adoption or is considering making an adoption plan. The purpose of the group is to provide a place where birth parents can talk about their experiences, and share their feelings and thoughts with others who have made the same decision. The group is facilitated by a Barker staff social worker.
Oct 13
7:00PM to 9:00PM
This discussion group is targeted to the needs of parents of young adults who are beyond high school age 18+, and will focus on issues related to young adulthood. The group is facilitated by a Barker staff social worker.

Support Ethical Adoption

Support Ethical AdoptionThe Barker Adoption Foundation is a nonprofit agency that relies heavily on generous donations from individuals and grants to provide the ethical adoption services it has grown known for over the past 70 years.  Your gift to The Barker Adoption Foundation can truly change lives. Please click below to join in our efforts to build and sustain healthy, loving families through adoption. 




Children Are Waiting

After age 10, a child’s chances for adoption drop by 50%. At Barker, we are committed to finding loving families for older kids, and those with special needs. We place children from both U.S. Foster Care and waiting children from China.

China Waiting ChildrenProject Wait No Longer

Barker Spotlight

September 30, 2015

Despite the gloomy forecast for rain this past Sunday, the sun came out and we had lots of fun while we enjoyed plentiful food and the company of friends! In fact, over 200 members of the Barker family gathered Sunday, September 27 at Cabin John Park in Bethesda including: adoptive families, waiting families, Cradle Care families, birth parents, and Barker staff and trustees.

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September 23, 2015

So many questions run through the minds of the birth parents I work with, but they often pale in comparison to this one question: How soon can I pick a family for my baby? That makes sense.

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Families Ready to Adopt

You Select the Adoptive Family for Your Baby

Our adoptive parents are thoroughly screened, prepared and excited to welcome a baby into their home through adoption.

Jori and Thoko

Jori and Thoko ready to adopt infant

Hello from Thoko, Jori, and Isaiah! We are a loving and playful family and are looking forward to having another child through adoption. We live in a diverse and beautiful neighborhood near the James River in Richmond, Virginia and have been married for 8 years. We are both doctors and met during our medical training.  Thoko is from Malawi, Africa and Jori is from California, and we now have a beautiful home together in Virginia. We love to travel (all over the world), swim, go to the parks and zoo, and spend time with family and friends. Isaiah joined our family though adoption as a newborn in April 2014 and we are lucky to have a wonderful open relationship with his birth family. We have regular contact with them by phone and have visited several times. It is important to us that our children know their adoption stories. We know that this decision is as important to you as it is for us, and you will be celebrated and honored for your loving decision.