International Adoption Overview
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.
Prospective adoptive parents considering an international adoption are encouraged to attend one of Barker’s general adoption information meetings to get to know our staff and the services we provide. Click to view Barker's Event Calendar to register for an upcoming session. If you do not live near or are unable to travel to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area for the information meeting, you are always welcome to call Barker to discuss international adoption services.
When considering where to adopt from, it's important to recognize that the adoption process is a complex journey of the head and the heart.
At The Barker Adoption Foundation we recommend you learn as much as you can about adoption in general, and adopting internationally, and then, before you proceed, be honest with yourself about what’s truly important to you and your family.
The first consideration is whether you are eligible to adopt on the basis of the country's guidelines. Each country sets its own criteria for adoptive parents. Your ages and health as prospective parents, your marital status, the number of years you have been married, and whether you have other children are among the factors that affect your eligibility. You can find more details in this comparison chart, on each program’s page or by contacting us directly for information specific to your family.
Barker staff can help you better understand our international partnerships and help you prioritize which factors are most important in choosing the program that would be the best fit for your family and the prospective adoptive child. Staff help you learn about the particular needs of the children in each country who seek permanent loving families and recommend resources and information for learning more about the culture, history, and traditions of the country. Barker also recommends that you try to remain as flexible as possible, as conditions and opportunities in international adoption programs change from time to time.
Here are other factors to consider when evaluating whether international adoption is a good fit for your family and, if so, from which country to adopt a child. Barker staff are available to answer your questions and point you to additional relevant resources.
For more detailed information on the costs, guidelines, and time frames of each program, click here.