Maryland/Virginia/DC 24/7 Crisis Pregnancy ONLY Hotline: 1-888-731-6601 or TEXT: 240-600-1106    PWNL after hours counselor: 1-888-955-3339

Barker Offices are temporarily relocated to Suite 700 on the 7th floor at 7979 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, Maryland.

Barker's Adoption & Foster Care Conference is March 19.  Get Details and Register Now.

Pregnancy Counseling Services
Confused and overwhelmed about options, including adoption? We can help. Our counselors are available 24/7 to listen and help navigate the choices ahead. No charge 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 is a nonprofit adoption agency licensed in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Barker supports birth parents, as well as adoptive parents and adoptees, with lifelong adoption-related services.

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.

March 5: Barker's 70th Anniversary Benefit Gala

Events Calendar

Feb 10
6:30PM to 8:30PM
Discussion group for prospective adoptive parents and adoptive parents in the Project Wait No Longer program.
Feb 10
7:30PM to 9:00PM
Please join us for a special event at Congregation Beth El on Wednesday, February 10th at 7:30pm. You will hear from a parent who has adopted an older child from the foster care system, a representative from The Barker Adoption Foundation, a representative from CASE (Center for Adoption Support and Education) and Rabbi Greg Harris as we explore adoption of older children from the foster care system and special considerations for Jewish families.
Feb 11
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.

Support Ethical Adoption

Support Ethical AdoptionFor 70 years, The Barker Adoption Foundation, a nonprofit agency, has worked to build families through ethical adoption services. Thank you for everything you've done to get Barker to this milestone year.  We wouldn't be here without you and with your ongoing support we will continue to do this work for many years to come.  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. Thank you!




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

February 4, 2016

We have been blessed to serve as cradle care parents for Barker.  It is hard to believe that ten newborn babes have graced our home.

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February 2, 2016

Barker's 22nd Annual Adoption & Foster Care Conference: Connected Lives: A Complex Privilege for the Family of Adoption. The adoption landscape today is in a state of flux. We find striking permutations on the theme of adoptive parenting and on the role of birth parents. Yet no matter how many variations or rearrangements exist, one principle grows ever clearer through the lens of rigorous clinical research and the rich findings of clinical practice: connected lives usually redound to the health of the child of adoption.

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Find a Family for My Baby

Yes, You Can Choose the Adoptive Family for Your Baby.

Our local Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC adoptive parents are thoroughly screened, prepared and excited to welcome your 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.