Why Choose Barker?

Since 1945, the Barker Adoption Foundation has served all members of the adoption circle as a licensed, non-profit agency serving Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Our comprehensive adoption center offers:


Today, Barker is regarded as one of the nation’s premier adoption agencies. Our life-cycle model of comprehensive services, robust educational programs, and commitment to the highest standards of ethical practice are the hallmarks of our work.

Whether you're considering placing a child for adoption or adopting a child… if you are an adoptive parent, a birth parent, or adopted person ... an adoption professional, a researcher, a therapist, or simply interested in adoption … you've come to the right place.

We're here to listen and to help with support and information.



We just received exciting news from our partner agency in Korea, Social Welfare Society (SWS) - the Ministry of Health and Welfare (Ministry) has decided to offer an age waiver on a case by case basis. Korea has had a long standing upper age limit of 45 in the past. Under this new policy of the Ministry, prospective adoptive parents up to 50 years of age who meet one of the following criteria may be considered for an Age Waiver:

- Both parents are of Korean heritage


- Either parent is an adoptee themselves (of any heritage)


- Parents (of any heritage) already have previously adopted a child from Korea

In response to this policy change from the Ministry, SWS has advised us that we could  request an age waiver for a family when they meet one of the criteria listed above and when their dossier can be submitted to SWS by the 48th birthday of the older of the prospective adoptive couple.

Barker currently has a short list of waiting families in our Korea program. We are excited that this new policy may open up the program for some families. If you are interested in learning more about the program, please feel free to contact us at bbetz@barkerfoundation.org or tji@barkerfoundation.org. Please also help us spread the word. 

Journey of Hope - Guangxi Children

Over the years, Barker has participated in several China Waiting Children programs. Currently, Barker  has received the files of children assigned specifically to our agency through our Journey of Hope program. 

Click here for more information and a list of children.



Please visit our PWNL Blog for older child adoption resources!

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