May 9, 2016

New Guidelines to Preserve Birth Parent Information for Indian Adoptive Children

The Ministry of Women and Children Development has made it mandatory for the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) to maintain records of all children from orphanages to include information on when, how and from whom they received the children in their care. Read More

April 21, 2016

Thank You for Supporting Barker Friends and Family Night at CRAVE

This past Sunday was Barker Family & Friends Night at Crave Restaurant in Bethesda. We had several staff members, board members and families come out to show their support for the Barker community and the CRAVE Cares Partnership. It was a great night! Read More

April 12, 2016

Reflections from Barker’s 22nd Annual Adoption and Foster Care Conference

The Barker Adoption Foundation’s signature educational event, its Adoption and Foster Care Conference, is sought out annually by families, adopted persons, birth parents, professionals and students. Read More

April 11, 2016

International Adoption Statistics for Fiscal Year 2015

The U.S. State Department has released international adoption statistics for FY2015 which covers visas issued between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015.  The numbers of incoming adoptions to the U.S. Read More

April 6, 2016

Chinese Characters

This week’s freakishly winter-like weather has made it even harder to get back into the groove of the school week after an extended Spring break spent in Caribbean sunshine.  This morning as we looked for winter coats in early April, loaded lunchboxes and checked Read More

April 6, 2016

Support Barker by Dining at CRAVE Restaurant

During the month of April, Crave restaurant is partnering with The Barker Adoption Foundation as the Crave Cares Partner to help raise money and awarenss for our agency. Read More

April 4, 2016

Alison Larkin Joins Adult Adoptee Discussion

The Adult Adoptee group was very excited that Alison Larkin, author, comedienne and keynote speaker at Barker’s annual Adoption & Foster Care Conference, held on Saturday, March 19, came to Washington, D.C. Read More

April 4, 2016

A Barker Legend Has Retired

The longest tenured employee at Barker, Beth Kirby, has retired, effective March 31, 2016, after 25 years of extraordinary service. Beth has served in many capacities, and her warmth and versatility are well known and greatly appreciated.  Read More

April 1, 2016

April News from Project Wait No Longer

Each month Project Wait No Longer offers updates and insights through its very popular newsletter. You can sign up to receive it directly in your good old fashioned U.S.P.S. mailbox by emailing Anna Beers at abeers [at], or, you can now find it in the Barker Blog. Read More

March 21, 2016

Register for April/May 2016 PRIDE Training

PRIDE (Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education) is a nationally recognized training model used for families who are interested in adopting an older child from the foster care system. Read More

March 8, 2016

Covering College Expenses When you Adopt an Older Child from Foster Care

Before you know it, it will be time to begin thinking about a college education for your child (and how you will be paying for it!).  Many of you may already be thinking about and planning for this time.  Below is a list of resources for D.C., Maryland, and Virginia families interested in securin Read More