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Barker has served women facing an unintended pregnancy, creating families through adoption, and supporting the adoption community through post-adoption services for over 75 years. Your donation to our Annual Fund provides urgent, unrestricted funds to support all of the agency’s operations. Close to 35% of Barker’s annual budget is raised through donations by generous individuals like you. Partner with us today with a one-time or monthly gift

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Become a Barker Sponsor

Partner with The Barker Adoption Foundation in 2022

We need your help to build programs and support services for special needs and foster care children and their adoptive families. The placement of significantly more children suffering from severe trauma and other physical and emotional conditions requires a wide range of mental health and education services to give children and their families their best chance of success. Sponsorship funds will be used to support our mental health services, including group, family, and individual counseling, community events, and training to manage trauma and behavioral issues that interfere with families trying to stay together and thrive.

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Ways To Give

Donate to Barker Foundation's Annual Fund

Become A Monthly Donor

Your gift goes further as a monthly donor! Your monthly donation helps to provide no-cost pregnancy counseling, find permanent families for older foster youth, build families through infant adoption, and provide comprehensive post-adoption support and services all year round.

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Donate to Barker Foundation's Honor or Memorial Gift

Give A One Time Gift Today

Your donation to our Annual Fund provides urgent, unrestricted funds to support all of the agency’s operations. By giving a one time gift today you help ensure Barker continues to fulfill our mission well into the future.

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Other Ways You Can Support Barker

Honor/Memorial Gift

A donation to Barker is a meaningful way to honor someone special or give in memory of a loved one. A gift to The Barker Adoption Foundation is not only a thoughtful way to honor or remember others but also helps support ethical adoption services for all. Make a gift In Honor or In Memorial of a loved one today!

Many companies and organizations have a “matching gift program.” For every dollar you donate to Barker, the employer will also donate.  This is an easy way to double or triple the strength of your contribution.  Check with your HR department to find out more.

A gift of stock is a wonderful way to support Barker. 

Planned giving is an easy, tax-smart way to leave a legacy to Barker. Please speak with your financial advisor to determine the best way to honor the role Barker has played in your life. Ways to incorporate a planned gift may include, for example:

  • Designate The Barker Adoption Foundation as a beneficiary in your will, living trust, or other estate plans
  • Create a charitable remainder trust
  • Create your own family-named fund
  • Establish a charitable gift annuity with The Barker Adoption Foundation as the beneficiary.

When you next plan to shop on Amazon.com, please visit AmazonSmile and select The Barker Adoption Foundation as your charitable donation beneficiary. Or, go directly to this link to automatically designate Barker. For eligible purchases at amazon.smile.com, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% to Barker. It's that simple.


Legacy II/Endowment

Income from The Legacy Fund provides a vital financial safety net, allowing Barker to work in a stable, debt-free environment – assured in our ability to provide services crucial to all members of the adoption community in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., today, tomorrow, and for generations to come.

To make a pledge to Barker's Legacy II Endowment campaign, please email mmazzei [at] barkerfoundation.org (Michele Mazzei).

Join the Combined Federal Campaign!

The Combined Federal Campaign is the workplace giving program of the United States federal government. Each fall, federal employees are invited to donate to a charity of their choice – and we hope that you will choose Barker! You can elect to have a specific monetary amount withdrawn from each paycheck or make a one-time donation. Donating through the CFC is a proven, effective, and efficient way to support Barker. Barker’s CFC designation # is 38308.

For more information, please contact Michele Mazzei, Director of Development, at 301-664-9664 or by email at mmazzei [at] barkerfoundation.org.

Volunteer / Intern at Barker

Volunteer at the Barker Adoption Foundation
Volunteer at the Barker Adoption Foundation

Volunteers are at the heart of our mission.

Every day, volunteers help us find permanent, loving families for children by donating their time and talents – while simultaneously building their own new skills. Service and/or academic credits may be available for middle-school and high-school students. 

The types of activities and events we often need volunteers to support may include, for example:

  • Communications mailings
  • Annual Adoption & Foster Care Conference
  • Guest bloggers for the Barker blog
  • Grant research
  • Photographers at Barker events
  • Fundraising events including Lunar New Year, 70th Anniversary Gala, “Barker Goes Nats!”
  • Organizational tasks around the office
  • Annual Appeal Campaign 
  • Data entry
  • Connect Mentoring

For more information, please contact Michele Mazzei, Director of Development, at 301-664-9664 or by email at mmazzei [at] barkerfoundation.org