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Barker is Wonderful
I could not be more pleased with the services of the Barker Adoption Foundation. I recently adopted two children working with their Project Wait No Longer, which is focused on adopting children from the US foster care system. The entire team provided thoughtful and relevant advice and insights as they guided me through the sometimes bureaucratic and confusing process. They were always available for questions and went the extra mile to make sure I had all the information I needed. I have found their training, seminars, and support groups to be well worth my time. I also very much appreciated the insights and advice of the social worker they provided as I went through the process. Thank you, Barker!
Barker made it wonderful
We adopted internationally through the Barker Foundation less than a year ago. They did a great job of guiding us through the complicated process and making sure everything went as smoothly as possible. They continue to be a great resource for post adoption support. We highly recommend them to any family looking into adoption to grow their family.
4 wonderful adoptions through Barker
I could not disagree more with the "Use an Adoption Attorney instead" review below. We adopted four children through Barker (two international and two domestic) and found everyone at the agency to be extremely professional and compassionate. We felt that Barker's first priority was the welfare of the children being placed, and we were grateful for that. At the same time, even through our last, very complicated domestic adoption, we found everyone at Barker to be extremely helpful and supportive; our social worker was always available and guided us through every difficult step. It is true that Barker is committed to counseling and supporting the birthparents as well, and we would not want it any other way. It gives us and our children great peace of mind to know that their birth parents were supported and comforted during such a traumatic time in their lives. Barker continues to play an important role in our lives. Through Barker's post adoption program, we have had excellent guidance during rough parenting
patches, and our kids have been able to begin exploring their roots. Again, the professionals at Barker have always been extremely responsive and helpful. Barker is an ethical and caring organization that truly supports all the parties in the adoption process.
Use an Adoption Attorney Instead
If you are a birth mother wanting to place domestically, Barker Foundation will treat you like gold. Birth mothers are their primary clients---without them and their babies, there's no Barker. But if you are an adoptive family, paying thousands and thousands for their services, you will be treated like a second class citizen. Be advised that if Barker involves you in a complicated adoption, working out the legalities is on you. The money you've invested in Barker goes almost entirely to securing birth mothers: not to supporting or assisting adoptive families. In our experience, post-placement services are worthless. If you need information about your child's background: even information promised at the time of placement, you will find yourself stymied by social-worker speak. In short----save your money and hire an adoption attorney. You will pay the same price, you will have an advocate protecting YOUR interests, and the wait won't be nearly as long. Do not let anybody fool you----Barker is a BUSINESS first and foremost.
Our successful adoption journey !
Our adoption journey finally came to a delightful conclusion after we switched to the Barker Foundation. We had been in the China Waiting Child Program for a couple of years and the agency we started with made a "change of strategic direction", discontinued their involvement with the China Program and recommended that we switch to Barker. When we first met Tina we were admittedly somewhat sceptical of her guestimate that within a few months or so we would be matched. That guestimate turned out to be optimistic only by a matter of another few months – which from today’s perspective pales into insignificance. In fact we had decided that the “paperwork refresh” we had just done would be the last and if we were not able to find a match we would discontinue our efforts. And then the match came. Barker’s proactive approach of dealing directly with orphanages in China to bring them up-to-speed with Hague Convention adoptions simply puts them ahead. We have had unequivocally excellent communications with all Barker folks on all occasions. The adoption process is daunting but taking it one step at a time with Barker’s guidance all along the way, we succeeded. We have been home with our delightful two year old Emma for seven months now. We owe a deep debt of gratitude to Barker and we wish them and all who decide to work with them the very best of luck.
The Barker Foundation is Excellent
When my husband and I moved to DC, we met with a few other agencies in the area before deciding on The Barker Foundation. We were immediately impressed with the level of professionalism among the staff at Barker and the educational resources available to families.
The adoption process (we chose the China Waiting Child Program) was always mapped out for us so that we understood step by step where we were in the process and what to expect next. The Barker staff was always available and eager to help whenever we had questions. When it was time to travel to China to pick up our son, every aspect of the trip was orchestrated perfectly by the Barker staff and coordinated through their contacts in China. It was an amazing experience, and we could not imagine trying to navigate the trip without Barker's assistance. We met many families while in China who were going through the same adoption process, but using different agencies, and they had been waiting weeks or months for the necessary appointments. The Barker Foundation worked out all of the details prior to our travel, and everything went perfectly and very professionally.
We met wonderful friends through the programs at Barker who were able to share their adoption experiences with us, and we continue to keep in touch and visit one another even though we are no longer in the DC area.
We had a wonderful experience with The Barker Foundation when adopting from China in 2010. Since international adoption is always changing, we had to work through some new rules out of China, but Tina Ji (Program Director) was always prompt, responsive, and communicated well. She was reassuring and proactive with paperwork issues. She was compassionate and thorough. Our travel experience was very good and well organized. We had no issues with traveling and had a very well planned and efficient trip. Fees were fair.
My only feedback was that the agency could have (had) a more thorough packet on dossier prep (even though I had already completed my dossier prior to coming to this agency) and more direction on process and paperwork direction. Luckily, I was in touch with other adoptive parents who could better answer these. But, we adopted in 2010 and they may have addressed this by now.
While we do not plan to adopt again, if we did, we would definitely use Barker a second time, especially if Tina were there.
Barker is wonderful
We had a wonderful experience with the Barker Foundation in their Korea program. The staff was very attentive, responsive, and always kept us informed. We felt like we were well taken care of during the entire process.
One of the many reasons we chose Barker is for the vast array of post-adoptive services and support they offer. These include counseling, incredible conferences, support groups, etc. It is very reassuring for our family to know the agency is still supporting us even though we have had our daughter for almost 5 years. I could not recommend Barker more highly.
Wonderful Adoption from Korea
My husband and I went through the process of adopting a 13-month-old boy from Korea in 2008-2009 through the Barker Foundation. It was a great experience, and Barker has continued to support our family since then, particularly by arranging for us to meet with our son's social workers and foster mother at his Korean adoption agency when we visited there in 2012. Everyone we worked with at Barker was well-informed about adoption, especially the director, Marilyn Regier, who amazed us with her expertise. All of our questions were answered quickly and candidly, and the Barker staff guided us with great professionalism through every step of the adoption process. We recommend the Barker Foundation to all prospective parents looking for knowledgeable, conscientious, compassionate help in adopting.
Incredible Support and Wonderful Adoption Story
From start to finish we have nothing but positive things to say about our experience adopting through the Barker Foundation. We selected the agency because they are compassionate towards everyone involved in an adoption, including the adopted child, birthparents, adoptive parents and extended family members.
Barker's classes and annual conference were critical in helping us to understand the type of adoption we wanted to pursue, as well as helping us to answer our family's and friends' questions regarding the adoption process. We started attending the annual conference before we completed our homestudy through Barker, and now we recommend the conference to all the adoptive parents we know, regardless of whether they adopted through Barker or not.
One of the services provided by Barker is assistance with the adoption album that will be viewed by prospective birthparents. The pregnancy counselor who reviewed our adoption album spent hours helping us to edit it and was phenomenal at guiding us towards the wording that truly conveyed our meaning. She guided us through our face to face meetings with our daughter's birthparents, really shaping what could have been an awkward or tense few hours into a lovely first meeting. She even called us beforehand to help us prepare for the meeting with possible questions to ask the birthparents. The pregnancy counselor was also with us at the hospital when our daughter was born, acting as a seamless mediator between us and the birthparents throughout the week. We were so grateful for her professionalism and compassion as we navigated the incredible emotions (as well as all the legal paperwork) during the first few days of our daughter's life.
We also loved the social worker who was assigned to us. She put us at ease and was incredibly professional, yet kind and understanding. Barker tries to keep continuity for adoptive families, so our homestudy social worker was also our post-placement social worker. We actually looked forward to her visits.
We've made great connections in the VA-DC-MD area by attending Barker's adoption group for 2012 babies. It's been fun to get together with other adoptive families, but the group also provides a support network for those of us who have recently adopted. Although the formal meetings orchestrated through Barker ended in the winter, our group continues to get together at least once a month.
The staff at Barker continued to provide post-placement support, and I would consider them to be very knowledgeable about our current relationship with our daughter's birthparents. I know that they provide post-placement counseling for birthparents, as well. We've been so impressed with their comprehensive services.
Barker takes a conservative approach regarding wait times for prospective adoptive parents. We were told it could be up to three years, but our healthy newborn baby girl was placed with us only eight months after our initial intake meeting with Barker. The timing for Barker, as with any credible adoption agency, depends a lot on the type of child you are open to adopting, as well as factors relatively beyond their control, such as the number of birthparents who choose an adoption plan after discussing their options with Barker pregnancy counselors.
We highly recommend this adoption agency.