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Barker is a winner of a Top Place to Work award from Bethesda Magazine. If you are interested in working for a nonprofit whose staff, board and volunteers work passionately to enrich the lives of children, please apply. 

Current Openings

Project Wait No Longer – Child Matching and Family Support Specialist

The Barker Adoption Foundation is seeking a social worker to serve as the Child Matching and Family Support Specialist for our Older Child Adoption Program (Project Wait No Longer).  The selected applicant will be responsible for managing the matching and placement services of waiting families, with children who are awaiting adoption in the public foster care system.  Duties include outreach to public child welfare workers, facilitation of match/disclosure meetings, maintaining program statistics, providing post-placement support, organizing and facilitating trainings as well as other relevant duties.   Ideal candidate has strong interpersonal and clinical skills as well as experience working in/with the public child welfare system.  The selected candidate must be proficient in the use of computer programs, have a car and be available for some evening and weekend work.  All applicants must hold a MSW degree.  Bethesda based office with some travel in DC/MD/VA area.  Please send cover letter, salary requirements, and resume to: bclarke [at]  Incomplete applications will not be considered, no phone calls please. 


Adoption Clinical Manager & Placement Support Specialist

The Barker Adoption Foundation is seeking a licensed MSW to serve as the lead clinician to provide placement coordination and support services from the time of match to adoption finalization in our older child program.  Experience in childhood trauma, child welfare and/or parent support services and licensure on the clinical level is preferred.  This is a full-time position located in Bethesda, MD, with hybrid work schedule available.  It is a great fit for an experienced social worker, who enjoys coordinating interdisciplinary teams, providing staff oversight and providing support to families in crisis.  The successful candidate must have at least an LGSW license (or higher) in MD or DC, with willingness & ability to attain licensure in both places.  Applicants must have reliable transportation, ability to work occasional evenings and weekends, and excellent clinical, organizational, and writing skills. Please send your resume and cover letter to smceachnie [at] No phone calls please.

Adoption-Competent Therapist

The Family and Post-Adoption Services Adoption-Competent Therapist position is a full-time licensed social worker, psychologist, or counselor in Maryland with the ability to get licensed in DC and VA once hired. The therapist is primarily responsible for providing counseling services, support groups, and workshops to children, adolescents, and families touched by adoption. This position is a full-time, 5-day-per-week position, with the expectation of evening hours. The position is a hybrid work from home & office position, with office hours primarily based in Bethesda, MD. As needed, travel to our DC & VA offices is required, so access to reliable transportation is preferred.


  • Applicants must hold an MSW degree and a social work license in MD or DC with the ability to attain licensure in both jurisdictions.
  • Experience preferred around permanency-related issues, including core developmental stages, loss, grief, trauma, behavior management, attachment, ADHD, and anxiety.
  • Ability and willingness to work at least three days in person based out of our Bethesda, Maryland office.
  • Willing to submit to criminal and CPS background checks.

People of color and diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Interest in working with children and teens is a must. Adoption-Competency Training provided.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter with salary requirements to Cynthia Cubbage at ccubbage [at] No phone calls, please.