The Barker Adoption Foundation has a distinguished history dating to 1945. That year, Ruth and Richard Barker, themselves adoptive parents, founded the agency in response to a request by the U.S. Navy Department post-World War II to support pregnant women who had participated in the Navy’s Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) program, an all-women division of the Navy. Read more...
The question can be asked, “When is a person too old to need a parent?” The answer is never. Life is full of pivotal events and important decisions, including dealing with peer pressure, graduating from high school, deciding which college to attend, getting married, and experiencing the birth of grandchildren. Many of the children in foster care grow up to be young adults with no family ties. They have no one to reliably turn to for advice or to help celebrate their life accomplishments or support them through life’s disappointments. At The Barker Adoption Foundation, we believe all children, regardless of age, deserve a safe, stable and loving family.
The Barker Adoption Foundation’s international adoption experience spans four decades and includes placing children from Latin America, Asia, and Eastern Europe.
In 1998, Barker's existing international program was augmented by the addition of the American Adoption Agency, another Washington, D.C.-based agency. It managed established international programs, including one in India, for many years.