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


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.

Events Calendar

Dec 1
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 and meets the First Tuesday of every month from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Dec 3
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.
Dec 5
9:00AM to 4:30PM
November 7, December 5 and December 12 -- Attendance required at all 3 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.  We are now conducting our Annual Giving Campaign. 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

November 23, 2015

The Barker Adoption Foundation is proud to be the gold sponsor for the upcoming Adoption and Foster Care Expo being held on Saturday, December 5th from 11am to 3pm at the Carnegie Library - 801 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001.

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November 19, 2015

Whether you have worked through grief associated infertility, or you are now able to legally marry your partner (about time!), your decision to build your family through adoption has already been a journey. Domestic Infant Adoption organizations are numerous, and a quick Google search can produce an overwhelming amount of options. With 70 years of domestic adoption experience, the Barker Adoption Foundation can help you find a reputable agency that meets your needs. Here are some key factors to consider as you begin.

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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.

Rachel and Eliza

Rachel and Eliza - parents ready to adopt infant baby

Hi there, we are Rachel and Eliza, and we can't wait to welcome your child into our home alongside our two cats and silly dog. We met in college over 11 years ago, and have been married for six years. We have moved all around the east coast together and are so happy to finally be settled down in a diverse and walkable neighborhood in Washington, DC. We are fortunate to be working at jobs that we are passionate about and living in our own little rowhouse with family and friends nearby. We love spending time outdoors and around the water, cooking and eating great food, traveling to see friends and family and new places, and just lying in the grass and telling stories. As a same-sex couple, we have always known that we would need to carefully consider how and when to build our family. As we learned more about adoption, we knew that it was the right choice for us. If it’s the right choice for you, know that with us your child will be deeply loved and will be taught above all else to be kind and loving in the world. We wish you all the best in your journey.