Temporary Cessation of The Barker Adoption Foundation’s Adoption Programs in China, Colombia, and India

Last Updated: August 13, 2019

On August 9, 2019, the Intercountry Adoption Accreditation and Maintenance Entity (IAAME) required The Barker Adoption Foundation (Barker) to temporarily cease providing adoption services in China, Colombia, and India.  IAAME determined that it was necessary to take this action due to Barker’s failure to maintain substantial compliance with relevant accreditation standards. Barker’s adoption programs in other countries are not impacted by this action.

During this cessation, Barker must cease to provide all adoption services in connection with intercountry adoption cases in China, Colombia, and India, with the exception of home studies. Barker is not required to transfer any ongoing cases to another provider at this time.

If you have an open case with Barker in China, Colombia, or India, please contact them directly to find out how the cessation will affect your case.  You may also wish to review the information on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ website at If Your Adoption Service Provider is no Longer Accredited or Approved

Federal regulations authorize designated accrediting entities to review complaints and take action when it determines regulatory standards have been violated. The Department of State facilitates communication to the public about the outcome of accrediting entity determinations. Please direct any questions about this announcement to IAAME at www.iaame.net.