24/7 Crisis Pregnancy ONLY Hotline for Maryland/Virginia/DC:

Phone: 1-888-731-6601 or TEXT: 240-600-1106

PWNL (Older Child) after hours counselor: 1-888-955-3339

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.

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.

laura and charlie ready to adopt infant baby

Charlie and Laura

Hello! Our names are Charlie and Laura. We have known each other since elementary school and are high school sweethearts. We are both 30 and have been married for 7 years. We live in a large neighborhood that is full of children. We cannot wait...

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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.

Barker Lifelong Education and Support

Barker Monthly Discussion Support Groups

 

Events Calendar

Mar 2
7:00PM 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.
Mar 4
9:00AM to 5:00PM
The Pre-Adoption Group one-day training is required for all prospective adoptive parents in our Domestic Infant and International programs, and is designed to help you think about both the rewards and the challenges of adoption and the life-long adoption issues that are involved.
Mar 5
9:00AM to 4:00PM
This session is the 2nd part of the Pre-Adoption Training for all families adopting internationally. The training focuses on specific issues such as attachment, loss and grief, discipline, specialized resources, and other important topics – all from the perspective of what an internationally adopted child experiences and needs.

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!

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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 22, 2017

Watch the story of how Alexandre and Franciso, adoptive parents from Brazil, found themselves adopting a sibling group of three boys.

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January 31, 2017

Entering the foster care system at just one year of age, 21 year old Noel Anaya shares his story in an NPR news segment.

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January 23, 2017

We advise anyone who is interested in adoption to see the movie “Lion.” There are many beautiful (and wrenching) aspects of this movie, but one of the aspects we found especially poignant was how technology and the internet can affect adoption.

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