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.

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.

Buy Tickets: Barker Goes Nats! Sunday, June 12


Events Calendar

May 4
7:30PM to 9:00PM
This monthly discussion will cover a variety of issues including (but not limited to): transracial adoption, talking about adoption with your child, integrating the child’s birth culture in the family, fostering a spirit of openness about birth family, building positive self-esteem, answering with questions from others, and family dynamics. The group is facilitated by a Barker staff social worker.
May 5
7:30PM to 9:00PM
This group focuses on issues including navigating communication with birth families, talking to children about these unique relationships and preparing for visits. The group is facilitated by a Barker staff social worker.
May 7
10:00AM to 4:00PM
April 9, April 16, May 7 and May 14 -- Attendance required at all 4 sessions PRIDE Training specific to the adoption of older children from the foster care system. The curriculum covers trauma, grief & loss, attachment & bonding, development, communication, behavioral and emotional challenges, transracial and transcultural adoption, financial assistance, as well as the legal process.

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

April 21, 2016

This past Sunday was Barker Family & Friends Night at Crave Restaurant in Bethesda. We had several staff members, board members and families come out to show their support for the Barker community and the CRAVE Cares Partnership. It was a great night!

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April 12, 2016

The Barker Adoption Foundation’s signature educational event, its Adoption and Foster Care Conference, is sought out annually by families, adopted persons, birth parents, professionals and students.

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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.

Jade and Willie

Jade and Willie - ready to adopt baby infant

First and foremost, please know that we have profound respect for you and the decision you are considering. We come to adoption open-hearted, with respect, recognition, and appreciation for the amazing love you have, and will always have, for your child. Throughout our life together (and before we even met and married), we’ve dreamed of building our family through adoption and we believe that we have much to offer a child through all stages of life. Our home is full of love, laughter, amazing people, good food, books, and the loving snuggles of our sweet dog. Originally from California, Jade loves to read, paint, cook, and volunteer for a hospice program. Originally from Alabama, Willie loves reading, hiking, playing several instruments, and tinkering in his workshop. Our amazing family includes many loved ones locally, and everyone joins us in being so excited to shower our child with limitless love and support. Our child will be loved unconditionally and raised in a family that values individuality, kindness, curiosity, integrity, creativity, responsibility, and education. We cannot wait to explore and enjoy the delights of this world with our child and look forward to bringing them a lifetime of love, joy, and comfort.