Why Choose Barker?

Since 1945, the Barker 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.


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.


Have you been thinking about becoming a temporary family for a newborn infant?  Here is your opportunity!

We are seeking two families with at least one stay-at-home parent, to provide short term foster care for newborns in the District of Columbia.  You must reside within Washington, DC to be eligible. If you would like to be a critical part of a baby’s foundation and join his or her journey to a permanent home, please contact Beth Kirby, Foster Care Coordinator, at 301-664-9664 or bkirby@barkerfoundation.org, for additional information.


Please visit our PWNL Blog for older child adoption resources!

Registration for the July/August 2014 Training is now open!

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