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.


Barker Celebrates National Adoption Month 


Did you know that Barker has NEVER turned away an older child placement due to a lack of funds on the part of the family or placing State?  Thanks to the generosity of our  donors, board and grantors - we are able to provide our services to virtually any waiting child in the public foster care system, regardless of finances. 


This adoption month we are launching a campaign to raise $15,000 (the average cost of each older child placement) so that one more child can find a forever family!  Your donation helps ensure one less child in foster care waits for a permanent, loving family. Donate Now