Serving all members of the adoption circle, Barker provides ethical, child-centered services that fully respect everyone's needs. Clients are diverse in age, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic background. Expectant parents with crisis pregnancies access emotional support, housing and food, education about their options, and connections with community resources. (There are no fees and no one is turned away.) Post-adoption training and counseling are available to anyone – not just to Barker clients. Understanding that the adoption of children in foster care is absolutely critical – 25% will otherwise age out of care and experience homelessness; 50% will spend time in prison – Project Wait No Longer helps to find "forever families" for some of the 100,000 eligible children in the foster care system. Barker is always evolving to meet the needs of the children and parents it believes in and serves.
Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Statewide; VA-Statewide; Internationally; China; Columbia; India; Korea
Age Groups Served: All
Population(s) Served: All
Awards & Recognition
Hague Accreditation through the Council on Accreditation (COA) as authorized by the U.S. Department of State on February 29, 2008, good through February 28, 2013. The Hague Convention is an international treaty created to ensure that intercountry adoptions are in the best interests of children and to prevent abduction, exploitation, sale, or trafficking of children.
- And Frenice Makes Three
Sat Jul 31 2010, The Washington Post
Barker placed Frenice Rollins in a permanent adoptive home after she had experienced 14 foster homes.
- Former Foster Kid Overcame Odds, with Help from Many Friends, to Earn Law Degree
Fri May 7 2010, The Washington Post
Jelani Freeman, Barker Foundation board member, tells the story of how he "beat the odds" when he aged out of the foster care system.
- The current budget for The Barker Adoption Foundation is: $3 million or higher
- $1 million to $3 million
- $500k to $1 million
- Less than $500k
Catalogue charities range in size from $100,000 to
About Spur Local
Each year 150+ community advocates review applicants on the basis of governance, equity, and impact. Each featured nonprofit has been successfully site visited and its financials given the thumbs up. Spur Local charges no fees and raises funds separately to support its work. Since 2003, it has raised over $57 million for nonprofits across the Greater Washington region.
Spur Local looks to friends like you to keep our services independent and entirely free of charge. Consider a small contribution to Spur Local to cap off your gift and help the causes you care about get the full support they deserve!