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 24, 2015

As many of you have heard, Barker’s Bethesda offices were recently severely damaged by a freak flood that occurred when pipes, located several floors above Barker, burst, triggering the sprinkler system and unleashing tons of water into the Barker space below.

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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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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.

Matt and Katie

Matt and Katie

Thank you very much for letting us introduce ourselves. Our names are Matt and Katie, and we’re a couple in our thirties who have been married for over eight years. We have one daughter; one cat; live in Wheaton, MD; and we both have backgrounds in science. We very much hope to continue to grow our family through adoption. Having our daughter in our lives has been a wonder, and we know she will be a loving and silly big sister. We can’t wait to bring another child into our lives! We know that it will be tough at times (sleepless nights, even more rounds of singing “Wheels on the Bus”, fighting over toys, etc.) , but we also know that we will get to watch him or her grow and learn, read them books at bedtime, take them and their sister to the park, join in laughter at ridiculous things, cheer them on, celebrate birthdays and graduations, and someday in the future, enjoy their company as adults, maybe even with their own kids. That’s our hope for the future, but whatever it does hold for us, we wish you all the support you need at this difficult time and the best for you and your baby.