At Barker, we are proud to be an LGBTQ+ affirmative and supportive adoption agency. Our agency warmly welcomes all families seeking to adopt, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or marital status. We firmly believe in the beauty of diversity and are committed to supporting every family in their journey to expand their family and provide love and safety to children in need of a lifetime family. Barker embraces inclusivity and celebrates the richness that each unique family brings to the adoption community. 

Contact us today: Tlusane@barkerfoundation.org

ADOPTION IS LOVE

At Barker, we understand that embarking on the adoption journey can feel overwhelming, but rest assured, you are not alone. Our compassionate team is here to guide you every step of the way with sensitivity and understanding. 

 

Read Barker's letter to the Federal Government about our support for LGBTQ+ Adoption

Hear from our LGBTQ+ families

Venet-Kool

Family Joy

"Our son Noah just turned one year old, and we can't overstate the joy that he brings to the world and to our family. We are grateful for Barker's support with everything from compliance processes to emotional support. Barker's staff ensured that the path of our adoption journey was clear and easy to navigate, and we are so grateful for their help!"

Buss-Difato

Barker Stood Out

"When we started our adoption journey, Barker stood out from other agencies with their decades long history and focus on ethics and integrity throughout the adoption process.From the 5pm call on a Monday until Patrick was placed with us that Friday- it was a bit of a whirlwind to get ready to bring him home. He has changed our lives. Nothing has brought us more joy than seeing all of the "firsts" like his first steps, first trip to Disney World, and the first "I love you." Now, at 3 and a half, Patrick's personality is starting to shine through - his laugh is infectious, he loves to play with Legos, and can't spend enough time playing outside."

Rosenberg-Rosenwasser

A Dream Come True

“We’ve always dreamed of being parents and now this dream has not only come true, but is also the greatest source of joy in our lives. Our children are such wonderful, amazing, and unique little humans each with their own individual talents, personalities, and of course, needs. From spending quality time with them at home as a family to going on vacation or having local DC adventures, life is so full of joy and we are so grateful.”

Want to learn more information? Attend an upcoming General Adoption Information Meeting!

Attending a general information meeting is the perfect first step to learn more about your adoption options. During this information meeting, you will learn more about Barker's adoption programs, the adoption process, and more! You will also hear from a family who went through the adoption process.

Explore Our Services

At Barker, we take immense pride in providing the finest adoption services available. With a comprehensive range options including Domestic Adoption, International Adoption, Older Child Adoption from Foster Care, and exceptional Post-adoptive services, we are dedicated to guiding families through every step of their adoption journey. Our unwavering commitment to finding loving families for children in need sets us apart as the leading choice for those seeking the highest quality adoption services.

Domestic

Domestic Adoption

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Home Study Services

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PWNL

Foster Child Adoption

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Post-adopt services

Post-Adoptive Services

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LGBTQ+ ADOPTION FAQ

Is your adoption agency LGBTQ+ supportive?

Absolutely! We are proud to be an LGBTQ+ affirmative adoption agency. We embrace and welcome families of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

Will our sexual orientation or gender identity affect our chances of adopting a child?

No, your sexual orientation or gender identity will not impact your eligibility to adopt. We believe that all loving and committed families, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, have the potential to provide a nurturing home for a child.

How do you ensure that your staff is LGBTQ+ inclusive and culturally competent?

Our staff receives ongoing training in LGBTQ+ sensitivity and cultural competency. We are committed to creating a safe and welcoming environment for all families. We value diversity and strive to provide an inclusive experience for every individual and family we serve. 

Sign up for our Queer Oppression training in the forthcoming months, designed to help social workers & mental health professionals better understand the cultural oppression of gender diverse & LGBTQ clients. Click here to register today!

Can we choose to adopt a child who identifies as LGBTQ+?

The sexual orientation or gender identity of the child should not be the sole bases for adoption. The most important factor is to find a loving and supportive family for the child, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. We focus on matching children with families based on compatibility, individual circumstances, and the best interests of the child.

What resources and support are available?

In order to help you navigate your adoption journey, build a strong support system, and provide support post-adoption, we host information meetings, support and discussion groups, home study services, individual counseling, search and reunion services, community and school education programs, homeland tours, and more!

Am I able to adopt a child internationally as an LGBTQ+ applicant?

While there may not be as many countries as progressive as the U.S. when it comes to LGBTQ+ adoption rights, options do exist, and Barker's knowledgeable staff is here to help you explore them.  Barker is committed to supporting LGBTQ+ families in their international adoption journey. We offer comprehensive home study services and can support families through the process of finding a placing agency that operates in international countries with LGBTQ+ friendly policies. Our dedicated team will assist you in navigating the process and connecting you with adoption opportunities that align with your needs and values. Interested in learning more information? Click here to sign up for our next Adoption Information Meeting.

Already attended, and hoping to talk more specifically about your family's options?  Click here to Sign up for Pre-Adoption Consult