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The Barker Adoption Foundation


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Mission

Barker provides lifelong services for all in the adoption constellation and advocates for ethical, respectful, and child-centered adoption practices. We seek to ensure that every child has the loving and unconditional support of a permanent family, and that adoptees, adoptive families, and birth parents have our support for a lifetime.

Ruling year info

1951

Executive Director & CEO

Ms. Sue B. Hollar

Main address

7979 Old Georgetown Road 1st Floor

Bethesda, MD 20814 USA

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Formerly known as

The Barker Foundation

EIN

52-0642791

NTEE code info

Adoption (P31)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Family Services (Adolescent Parents) (P45)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

For 73 years, The Barker Adoption Foundation has been deeply committed to the belief that all children deserve a safe, loving, stable and permanent home. Barker is licensed in The District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. The agency's mission is to provide life-long adoption-related services for all in the adoption constellation and to advocate for ethical, respectful, and child-centered adoption practices. Our goals are to increase the number of people served while maintaining the highest quality of service and to increase the practice and environment of adoption by example, education, and training.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Pregnancy Counseling

Barker has bi-lingual pregnancy counselors on call 24/7 willing to meet women and their families in mutually agreed upon locations that ensure confidentiality. The counselors provide individual and personalized counseling for including helping access key services such as safe housing, food, medical and prenatal care and, if needed, specialized services such as substance abuse treatment. In addition, the Barker pregnancy counselors provide professional, compassionate, unbiased counseling to women, birth fathers, extended family members and help them make the best decision for their family as to whether to parent or place the baby for adoption with a family that has been evaluated, approved, and prepared by Barker social workers.

Specifically, Barker's Pregnancy Counseling Team performs the following services:

• Provide comprehensive, compassionate pregnancy counseling for local women and teens, their partners, and extended family and support decisions to parent or place for adoption with a family who has been trained and approved by Barker.

• Guide vulnerable pregnant women and teens to medical and prenatal care, including coordination of services and benefits to find safe housing, food and, as necessary, provide extended counseling to women with complicated situations involving trauma of sexual assault, mental illness, substance abuse, and bereavement.

• Offer all parents who are considering adoption, the option to place their infant in "Cradle Care” with a loving and nurturing Barker-approved foster family while the new parents take the time to confirm their decision to place a baby for adoption.

• Provide parenting resources and support for parents who decide to parent.

• Provide Barker post-adoption support services and no-cost support groups for all birth parents.

• Provide outreach and education on ethical adoption to community health clinics and hospitals that serve recent immigrants and the working poor in our region.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Families

Barker’s NO FEE, ethical and pressure-free crisis pregnancy services are vital to women and their partners facing unplanned pregnancies and in financial, medical, and emotional crisis. Because unplanned pregnancies are at an all-time low regionally and nationally, Barker counsels fewer today than in the past. Yet, we have never wavered in our commitment to serve individuals and couples who wish to explore adoption. Whether women decide to make an adoption plan (about 1 in 7 counseled by Barker) or decide to parent their child, Barker’s adoption competent social workers provide compassionate counseling, access to essential housing, healthcare resources, and more. Although there have been many changes in societal norms over our 78-year history, we will continue to be responsive to those who wish to make an adoption plan and serve anyone who wishes to explore adoption. That has not and will not change.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Adults
Young women
Young adults

Beginning with the Colombia program in 1976, Barker has provided international adoption services. Today, our program has long-standing, collaborative relationships with orphanages and agencies in South Korea, India, and China. Barker finds loving families for the young waiting children with developmental and medical specialized needs who otherwise will remain in institutional care.

With the passion and experience of Barker’s international adoption competent staff, and regional targeted outreach, Barker is committed to painstakingly thorough searches, and matching these waiting children with well-suited and well-prepared families and supporting them for a lifetime.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Barker provides adoption competent, lifelong mental health services. Our therapists are uniquely positioned to improve and sustain the overall health of children, individuals, and families with a connection to adoption. We provide individual and family counseling, support groups, summer programs, workshops, international homeland tours, search and reunion and our signature Annual Adoption and Foster Care Conference.

Our agency accepts medical insurance from six carriers for qualifying services. We are uniquely positioned to provide specialized mental health care to children and adults across socio-economic groupings, ensuring that the quality of care received is not impacted by income. Berker began accepting Maryland Medicaid in 2022. This has resulted in our providing specialized mental health care to even more children, including older foster children.

Population(s) Served
Families
Non-adult children
Foster and adoptive parents
Children and youth
Foster and adoptive children

The Barker Adoption Foundation believes that all children, regardless of age, deserve safe, loving, and permanent families. We recruit, train, and support adoptive families for our most vulnerable youth who, by no fault of their own, are languishing in foster care. In its 78-year history, Barker has become a national leader in older child adoption from foster care and adoption competent, trauma-informed mental healthcare.

100,000 vulnerable and scared kids live in the US foster care system and are eligible to be adopted. n the past five years the number of vulnerable, legally free older foster children has increased. Tragically, 23,000 youth age out every year. Barker's foster care adoption program, partners with public child welfare across the country to find loving, safe, and permanent families for these older children. We are committed to this population and has adopted a vision to increase our impact for these vulnerable youth.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Foster and adoptive children
Foster and adoptive parents

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of pregnant women, teens, thier partners and other family members who recieve compassionate nonjudgemental crisis counseling to help decide whether to parent or make a plan for adoption.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Families

Related Program

Pregnancy Counseling

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children placed with permanent loving families.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Barker Adoption Foundation aspires to expand its leadership role as a model for building and sustaining families through adoption to ensure that every child has a loving, safe, and permanent family. Barker's mission is to provide lifelong services for all in the adoption constellation and advocates for ethical, respectful, and child-centered adoption practices.

Our mission is accomplished by practicing according to our core values, of which the following are key:

Child-centered focus: While we serve all members in the constellation of adoption relationships, our primary client is the child who has no voice and often no advocate. We understand that the child's needs lie at the intersection of birth parent and adoptive parent needs. The litmus test for all we do is whether we are acting in the child's best interest.

Integrity: Barker strives to uphold the highest ethical standards of practice, acting with honesty and understanding and respecting the rights of all parties.

Inclusiveness: Barker values diversity of perspective, culture, race, ethnicity, religion, economic circumstances, age, sexual orientation, gender expression, and marital status. We strive to remove barriers for clients who seek our programs and services, and we value and seek diversity in our board governance structure and staff composition.

Compassion: Our expression of concern for clients extends beyond empathy to true compassion. Compassion moves us to actions that put resources in place that make a difference in the lives of our clients.

Innovation: Although Barker is one of the oldest adoption agencies in the country, we value innovation that expands opportunities for our clients. We endeavor to anticipate challenges and be creative and proactive in our solutions. We initiate new programs where the need is compelling, and we use the latest social service research and new technologies to guide our practice.

The Barker Adoption Foundation is one of the four oldest, most established adoption agencies in the country, and is a leader in the field of non-profit, ethical adoption. Many adoption agencies have succumbed and continue to succumb to the economic pressures from the drop in adoption numbers overall and competition from for profit agencies and “private" adoptions that often rely on strategies and tactics that devalue the expectant parents legal rights and the best interests of the child. At our core, Barker is unique beause of our ability to find permanent, loving families for children and sustain those families for a lifetime. We believe that there is a critical need for the service Barker provides because of our ethical adoption practices that provide a life-long commitment to birth parents, adoptive families and children. Barker strives to fill this important role in the Washington DC metro area by opening our support groups, post-adoption services, educational programs and Annual Conference to all in the community who are impacted by adoption regardless of whether Barker was involved in the adoption. This means that a birth father that just placed his child, a parent who never thought they would be a parent, and a 17 year old adoptee who has been in foster care for a significant portion of his life can find a home, community and support for the grief, joy, challenges and rewards that are adoption.

Over 73 years, Barker has placed over 7,000 children with loving, permanent families and offered counseling and support services to over 35,000 women facing unplanned pregnancies. In 2016, Barker completed our Hague Adoption Convention evaluation and was awarded the Hague Accreditation for international adoption. Barker was selected as “One of the best nonprofits" by the Prestigious Catalogue for Philanthropy. Barker's commitment to leadership in ethical adoption practices and continued education and support of all individuals impacted by adoption is also reflected in the topics and issues addressed in our Annual Adoption and Foster Care Conference.

Financials

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The Barker Adoption Foundation

Board of directors
as of 10/18/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Eugenia Collis


Board co-chair

Mr. Alan Heymann

Eugenia Collis

Kathryn Bucher

Michael MacFarland

Benjamin Murray

Christopher Young

Charmayne Anderson

Alex Altman

Rajiv Dembla

Meghan Duffy

Mara Gandal-Powers

Melissa Gray-Hughes

Russ Gudzar

Hemi Hunt

Daniel Hwang

Aaren Keith

Jacqueline Perrins

Jo Ann Regan

Michelle Wilson

George Wolohojian

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/18/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data