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.


Save the Date! 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Barker's 70th Anniversary Adoption
and Foster Care Conference

“The Commitment of a Lifetime: The Adoption Journey”

Click here for details

The Universities at Shady Grove Conference Center


Please join Barker for this festive family event and fundraiser on Sunday, February 8, 2015.  To purchase tickets, click here.

Are You Thinking about Adoption? Have You Considered an Older Child?  

Learn More About Barker's New Colombia Host-to-Adopt Program

Click here for information about hosting a child for 2-3 weeks this summer and for further details, please email or call Betty by February 1, 2015 at bbetz@barkerfoundation or 301-664-9664.