At Open Adoption & Family Services we are pro-choice, welcome diversity, and offer fully open adoptions with lifelong services.

Families of Open Adoption & Family Services

About Open Adoption & Family Services.

Open Adoption & Family Services, (OA&FS), is a non-profit, pro-choice agency that welcomes diversity. Pregnant women/couples receive compassion and unbiased support as they explore all of their pregnancy options. If they decide to plan an open adoption, they choose, meet and create a friendship with adoptive parents that is similar to an extended family relationship. Our fully open adoptions include ongoing visits and lifelong services.

OA&FS is the first and only agency in the Pacific Northwest founded on the philosophy of openness in adoption. We do more domestically-born newborn placements than any other agency in the region. Our first office opened in Eugene, Oregon in 1985. We’re now licensed in both Oregon and Washington and provide services throughout the entire United States. Our offices are located in Seattle, Portland and Eugene.

We’re also part of an innovative partnership. Open Adoption & Family Services and Friends in Adoption have teamed up to form the National Pro-Choice Adoption Collaborative (NPAC), a union of two high-integrity agencies with a shared philosophy. We’re pro-choice, not religiously affiliated, embrace diversity and offer lifelong services. With our empowerment model, we’ve become the national experts in open adoption. Each of our non-profit agencies has 30+ years of experience, and we place children up to the age of three and one-half in open adoptions. We have offices on the east and west coasts, and work with expectant parents nationwide.

Connect with us.

Are you pregnant or parenting? Or is your partner, or someone close to you, pregnant or parenting? Learn more about the support we can provide. We’re honored to offer our services to women and couples throughout the United States. If you live in the Northwest and would like to meet in person we have offices in Portland and Eugene, Oregon and Seattle, Washington or we’ll come to you. Or, connect with a call, text or fill out our online inquiry form. (OA&FS can place children in adoption up to the age of three and one-half.)

If you’re pregnant and would like to explore your options:

Call 1-800-772-1115.

A counselor can talk with you now. We’re available 24/7 to listen and provide you with a compassionate, non-judgmental space to talk about your thoughts and feelings. You’ll be treated with dignity and respect as you explore all of your options.

Text “open” to 971-266-0924.

Text answering available 9 am-5 pm PST, Monday through Friday.

A counselor will contact you shortly when submitted Monday-Friday from 9 am-5 pm PST. If outside of these hours, we’ll reach out to you the following weekday.

Para Español: 800-985-6763.

Oficinas ubicadas en Oregon y Washington. Sirviendo a mujeres embarazadas y parejas por todos los Estados Unidos.

If you’re a prospective adoptive parent:

Call for info.

Our Client Services Manager is here to help you Monday thru Friday, 9 am-5 pm PST. She can answer your specific questions and also sign you up for our free Adoption Information Meeting or Adoptive Parent Seminar! To get free info anytime fill out the online form.

For Origins Counseling inquiries:

Call 1-800-309-2146

to schedule your appointment. This line will be answered by a live person Mon.-Fri. from 9 am- 5 pm. If calling outside of these times, please leave a message and we’ll return your call during business hours. Or, use our online inquiry form.

For all other inquiries email OA&FS:

Or contact one of our offices:

Portland (Directions)
5200 SW Macadam Suite 250,
Portland, OR 97239
315 West 10th Ave.,
Eugene, OR 97401

2815 Eastlake Ave. E., Suite 160
Seattle, WA 98102

How does counseling help expectant parents?

Counseling offers you a safe place to explore all of your options. We’re here to empower you with the information you need to make the choice that feels best to you. We are honored to offer you compassion, understanding and respect.

What makes us different from most adoption agencies is that we are here to support you no matter what decision you make. We are a non-profit, pro-choice agency not affiliated with any religion, and will treat you with dignity and respect. If you’d like to meet a counselor in person, we have offices in Portland, Eugene and Seattle or we’re happy to come to you.

What to expect during pregnancy options counseling.

An OA&FS counselor will listen and provide support as you consider each of your choices: parenting, abortion or adoption. You’ll explore questions such as:

  • How would each choice affect my everyday life?
  • How do each of the choices fit with my values and beliefs?
  • What would each choice mean to the people closest to me?
  • Who can I count on to support me through this process?
  • What are my plans for the future?

An adoption counselor

An adoptive mother with her child

Your contributions help connect OA&FS
services to those who need them most.

Open Adoption & Family Services is one of the very few agencies that truly empowers pregnant women to explore all of their pregnancy options in depth. Just as Planned Parenthood takes great pride in bringing their services to women across the country, we are also immensely proud to offer all-options, pro-choice counseling nationwide. Donate today to help us provide expectant parents access to unbiased, accurate information about all of their pregnancy options.

As a cutting-edge agency, we’ve formed our services by listening to women today. In the 60s and 70s, at the height of adoption, birthparents were scared, shamed and naïve. That is not the Millennial birthparent of 2015. When it comes to pregnancy counseling and adoption, Millennials seek empowerment and complete access to information. They want choices and the ability to customize their experience. At OA&FS we’ve redefined the process in a way that meets their needs:

  • Women and couples facing an unplanned pregnancy have a right to receive all-options pregnancy counseling in which they explore parenting, abortion and adoption.
  • For those that choose adoption, we’ve replaced secrecy with transparency, separation with lifelong relationships and shame with transformation.

In this way, their open adoption vision is honored and realized. Millennials tell us they would not choose adoption under any other circumstances.

Give now to Open Adoption & Family Services.

Thank you so much for your support.


Agency news.

We’re hiring!

OA&FS in the media.

Our expertise: open adoption
and reproductive choices.


Media Inquiries

Interested in writing a story about Open Adoption & Family Services? Need a source for open adoption or reproductive choices information? You’ve come to the right place. Simply contact our Marketing and Development Director Sally Shuey, 503-226-4870, She’ll be happy to make connections for you.



Because of our agency’s decades of experience, we often give presentations to groups both locally and nationally. For these presentations on the changing world of adoption, we draw from materials developed by OA&FS as well as other subject matter experts. Click below to download materials of interest to you. If you’d like to schedule OA&FS to speak at your organization, please contact us.

Counselor Sari with OA&FS adoptee Emma and adoptive parents Kevin and Joe

Counselor Sari with OA&FS adoptee Emma and adoptive parents Kevin and Joe.

Meet our staff.

Dedicated, professional and hospitous.

We care deeply about the needs of the clients we serve. Our counselors embody all that hospitiousness celebrates — working with clients in a way that gives them a sense of being completely welcomed, accepted and comfortable. Our offices are located in Oregon and Washington, and from that base counselors work with clients throughout the U.S. Their social services experience, advanced degrees and ability to navigate a wide variety of situations make them key pillars of the OA&FS mission. Our support staff enriches these efforts with specialized expertise in program management, client support, marketing and financial services.


Management and Counseling Staff

Shari Levine, MA, Executive Director

Shari has been a key part of OA&FS since 1992. She is honored to watch birth and adoptive parents cultivate and nurture healthy open adoption relationships that meet the ongoing needs of the child. As the director at OA&FS, Shari is grateful for the opportunity to advocate for OA&FS’ high-integrity open adoption model locally and nationally. Read Shari's bio. Connect on LinkedIn.

Shari Levine - Executive Director of Open Adoption and Family Services

Suzie Williams, MA, Counselor, Program Manager

Suzie began working at OA&FS in 1993. She appreciates the agency’s commitment to enhancing the services provided based on what is learned from ongoing contact with clients and families. Suzie is inspired by the compassion, honesty, and integrity that birth families and adoptive families model for their children within their open adoption relationships.

Suzie Williams - Counselor and Program Manager of Open Adoption and Family Services

Sari Prevost, MA, Counselor

Sari came to OA&FS in 2002, and loves how she is always challenged to be the best that she can be at her job. She is impressed and inspired by the families she works with that allow her to witness their transformation as they move through amazing journeys. Sari is honored to be a part of an agency that has great integrity and is truly a leader in fully open, respectful, hospitious adoptions.

Sari Prevost - Counselor of Open Adoption and Family Services

Jessica Blei, LMFT, Counselor

Jessica has been a Family Therapist since 2003. For almost as long she has admired Open Adoption and Family Services and was thrilled to join the team in 2014. She feels that the work of forming new families is sacred and that OA&FS honors every member and every step of the journey. Jessica is grateful to work for an agency that empowers and supports women and families to make fully informed choices. Every day she is inspired by her coworkers’ and clients’ commitment to working with intention when supporting openness and all the benefits it creates.

Jessica Blei - Counselor of Open Adoption and Family Services

Lilly Hankins, MSW, Counselor

Lilly joined OA&FS in 2014, building on her previous positions in the fields of reproductive and social justice. She is honored to be a part of an organization dedicated to empowering women and families. Lilly believes that the integrity of open adoption relationships not only profoundly impacts children and families, but also has the potential to increase the empathy and caring we have for each other as a society.

Lily Hankins - Counselor of Open Adoption and Family Services

Support Staff

Sally Shuey, Marketing & Development Director

Sally brought her love of all things marketing to OA&FS in 2012. Tasked with directing the communications, fundraising and events efforts for the agency, She's inspired by the OA&FS mission and welcoming spirit. Sally specializes in strategic marketing, social media, web design and print production, and uses these platforms to connect people in need of pregnancy counseling and open adoption services to OA&FS.

Sally Shuey - Marketing and Development Director of Open Adoption and Family Services

Lori Mass, Client Services Manager

Lori has been at the support helm of OA&FS since 1999. She explains the agency's child-centered philosophy to prospective adoptive parents, and helps them get started with the process when they choose to work with OA&FS. Lori also provides ongoing support to adoptive parents and counseling staff, and is proud to work for an agency that so honestly reflects her own values.

Lori Maas - Client Services Manager of Open Adoption and Family Services

Cindy Lee, Fiscal Manager

Cindy joined OA&FS in 1996. She began her tenure as Office Manager, and added fiscal responsibilities in 1999. Cindy also coordinates IT and HR for the agency. She loves the diversity of her job and appreciates the amazing staff she works with on a daily basis. Cindy takes great satisfaction in working for a non-profit that's continually evolving and finding new ways to be more inclusive and transparent in the services it offers.

Cindy Lee - Fiscal Manager of Open Adoption and Family Services

Rene Rice, Outreach Coordinator

Renee joined OA&FS in 2014. She brings her experience in customer service and customer contact, reaching out to the organizations in our communities that come into contact with expectant parents. Rene values the opportunity to build connections between organizations to ensure that everyone has access to the resources available to them. She is also pursuing her education in the social services field. Rene also assists our Portland office with administrative tasks.

Rene Rice - Outreach Coordinator of Open Adoption and Family Services


Management and Counseling Staff

Jan Jamieson, BA, Regional Supervisor / Counselor

Jan became a part of OA&FS in 2005. She loves the opportunity to work with and meet so many amazing, insightful, generous people. Jan is honored to watch as open adoptions unfold over time, especially when she hears stories from birthparents, adoptive parents, and their children talk about how much they all care about one another.

Jan Jamieson - Regional Supervisor and Counselor of Open Adoption and Family Services Eugene

Irie Hoffman, M.Ed., Counselor

Irie began working at OA&FS in 2010. She appreciates that OA&FS is a progressive, extremely supportive, inclusive agency. As a counselor, she is always taken aback by the grace and selflessness she witnesses in her clients. Irie appreciates that OA&FS empowers people to be their best, and she is honored to support the lifelong connections that are created.

Irie Hoffman - Counselor of Open Adoption and Family Services Eugene

Ally Simone, M.S., Counselor

Ally joined the OA&FS staff in 2016. She has worked with diverse populations as a counselor and case manager and is honored to be part of an organization that shares her values, respect for diversity and autonomy, and strength-based perspective. She is inspired by the ability of others to draw upon internal resources such as strength and compassion during periods of transition and grateful for the opportunity to witness the process of personal growth, healing, and relationship development that is unique to open adoption.

Ally Simone - Counselor of Open Adoption and Family Services Eugene

Support Staff

Robin Francisco, Administrative and Outreach Assistant

Robin landed at OA&FS in 2011. She provides outreach for organizations such as high schools, universities, community agencies and clinics, and well as general office support. Robin appreciates OA&FS's progressive adoption stance and focus on relationship building. She loves to share this great work with other

Robin Francisco - Administrative and Outreach Assistant of Open Adoption and Family Services Eugene


Management and Counseling Staff

Heather Goldy, MSW, Regional Supervisor

Heather has been a social worker since 1997, and became a counselor at OA&FS in 2010. She loves engaging with families and children as they process a deep array of emotions, and she highly values the cutting edge information, education, and research brought to staff, adoptive parents and birth parents. Heather says it is a privilege to witness the respectful, caring, thoughtful nature in which two families come together through open adoption.

Heather Goldy - Regional Supervisor of Open Adoption and Family Services Seattle

Delphine Veith, MSW, Counselor

Delphine joined OA&FS as a counselor in 2015. She appreciates being part of people’s journeys at a pivotal time in their lives, and being able to witness the unfolding of new families and relationships over time through open adoptions. Delphine is proud of the progressive history of OA&FS, including providing full options counseling for expectant parents. She strives to support everyone in making informed and empowered decisions for themselves and for their children, and enjoys the diverse group of people she interacts with through this work.

Delphine Veith - Counselor of Open Adoption and Family Services Seattle

Lynn Skirven, LCSW-A

Lynn comes to open adoption with a variety of experiences in child welfare. After working in the foster care system, she recognized the importance of building a healthy and deep connection between birth an adoptive families. Lynn is drawn to OA&FS' progressive and empowering approach to open adoption.

Lynn Skirven - Open Adoption and Family Services Seattle

Katie Stallman, LICSW, CGE, Origins Therapist

Katie began working at OA&FS in 2001. For her, helping people in their open adoption relationship throughout their life span is an amazing experience. Katie says the personal growth she has seen in the clients at OA&FS is profound. She especially enjoys seeing the ways birth families and adoptive families express their value and respect for one another in front of their child.

Katie Stallman - Origins Therapist of Open Adoption and Family Services Seattle

Support Staff

Megan Mehlum, Office Manager / Outreach Coordinator

Megan joined the Seattle OA&FS team in 2014. Megan supports the counselors in providing great service to our clients and connects with organizations in the community. She worked in independent adoption years ago, and is excited to work in adoption again. Megan feels lucky to be a part of such a special organization and fun team.

Megan Mehlum - Office Manager / Outreach Coordinator of Open Adoption and Family Services Seattle

Eastern Oregon

Angie Lunde, MTE (MA), Counselor

Angie joined the team at OA&FS in 2007 after a career in parent education and family support. She values working with pregnant women and couples as they face difficult choices, and she appreciates the opportunity to witness the hospitious nature of adoptive parents as they welcome birth families into their lives. Open adoption fits with Angie’s belief in the importance of honesty and integrity in relationships.

Angie Lunde - Counselor of Open Adoption and Family Services Eastern Oregon

Southern Oregon

Karen Roertgen, MS, MFTI, Counselor

Karen supports OA&FS clients in Southern Oregon.

Karen Roertgen - Counselor of Open Adoption and Family Services Southern Oregon

Eastern Washington

Marianne Harris, MS, Counselor

Marianne has been a part of the OA&FS team since 2009. She appreciates watching open adoption relationships form as “extended family.” Marianne enjoys supporting adoptive families, and she says advocating for women who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy has been one of the most fulfilling aspects of her work.

Marianne Harris - Counselor of Open Adoption and Family Services Eastern Washington

Hear from families living in open adoptions.

We’re amazed by the abundance of misinformation concerning open adoption. One of the ways we counter this is by sharing stories from OA&FS families. These first-person narratives give voice to the many benefits of child-centered open adoptions.

Have a take you’d like to share? Stories are welcome from all points of the adoption constellation. Please contact Marketing & Development Director Sally Shuey at She’ll be very happy to hear from you.

Read Open Page Blog
Another family brought together by Open Adoption Family Services

About open adoption.

The field of adoption has undergone sweeping changes over the years. In fact, according to a recent research project by the Donaldson Adoption Institute (a national adoption think tank), the era of closed adoption is over. In their report, “Untangling the Web: The Internet’s Transformative Impact on Adoption” they state that, since the process of finding birth relatives is accessible and commonplace, closed adoptions are a thing of the past.

At Open Adoption & Family Services, we have been cultivating and supporting open adoptions since our inception in 1985. In an open adoption, birthparents choose adoptive parents after reading a comprehensive packet of materials about them. They meet and create a relationship that is similar to an extended family. Since our expertise is in the area of relationship development, we work with birth and adoptive parents to help them build a strong and healthy foundation to their open adoption relationship. Together, they create a legally enforceable adoption agreement that outlines their ongoing visits.

Ongoing contact provides birthparents with the reassurance that their child is thriving in the adoptive home. This helps them feel at peace with their decision. Knowing that the birthparents fully support the adoption, the adoptive parents feel secure in welcoming the birthparents into their lives.

Open adoption relationships are built on a foundation of mutual respect. In an open adoption, adoptive parents and birthparents value one another’s unique role in the child’s life. By witnessing this relationship, the child feels an unconditional acceptance of his full identity. The child has direct access to information about his history and answers to his questions. This allows for healthy development of the child’s identity and self-esteem. Children need to know that these important people believe in them, love them, and celebrate them.

OA&FS is a non-profit, pro-choice agency that offers an empowerment model to expectant parents. They are treated with dignity and respect as they explore all of their pregnancy options. They are empowered with extensive information so they can make the decision that feels best to them. Regardless of their choice, they receive compassion and support.

We honor diversity and welcome same-sex couples, single parents, as well as married couples. Our fully open adoptions include ongoing visits and lifelong services. We provide adoption-related counseling, relationship guidance and mediation. We have a thriving open adoption community, with ongoing events throughout the year, including a birthmother’s retreat. All services are free of charge to expectant parents and birthparents.

At OA&FS, our goal is for all of our clients – birthparents, adoptive parents and open adoptees – to feel at home in their open adoptions. Feeling at home is the reassuring sense of being completely welcomed, accepted and comfortable.

Adoption has changed tremendously since the days of closed adoption. Adoption has come out of the shadows and shed decades of secrecy. Now birth and adoptive parents form natural friendships that meet the ongoing needs of the child. Adoption is an experience they can all regard with pride.

Written by Shari Levine, MA. Shari is the Executive Director of Open Adoption and Family Services and has been with the agency since 1992. She’s also the adoptive mom of two children who were born and raised in open adoptions. Shari has very close relationships with both of their birthmoms.


Adoptive parents meeting their adoptive child for the first time

Logo for the National Pro-Choice Adoption Collaborative

Connect with the experts in all-options counseling and open adoption.

Open Adoption & Family Services (OA&FS) and Friends in Adoption (FIA), two non-profit, high-integrity, national agencies have formed The National Pro-choice Adoption Collaborative, (NPAC). Our agencies are very unique in that we are pro-choice, not religiously affiliated and do not discriminate.

Much misinformation still exists about adoption. Many unsuspecting women fall prey to exploitative, for-profit adoption facilitators. Additionally, over 95% of adoption agencies are religiously affiliated, advocating an anti-choice agenda and antiquated adoption practices.

NPAC provides an empowerment model to expectant parents, and will truly honor your individual choice. We are the experts in open adoption. The genuine and lasting child-centered relationship is at the core of our high-quality option adoptions. Over the past thirty years we’ve placed nearly 4,000 children.

Learn More About NPAC

Access tools and resources to empower expectant parents with our free webinar.

Expectant parents deserve access to unbiased, accurate information about all of their pregnancy options: parenting, abortion and adoption. Learn about an engaging, client-driven all-options pregnancy counseling model in which you can assist women facing an unplanned pregnancy with their decision-making process.

You’ll also become familiar with our new alternative to state adoption. Many high risk moms assume that adoption is an adversarial process of losing their child to the state. Learn about our new pre-emptive step to state adoption in which these moms can proactively plan an open adoption for their child.

The future we work towards.

A tree in a meadow filled with flowers

What should adoption look like five or ten years from now? Whose voice will affect the trajectory of adoption? At OA&FS we gain our insights from listening to the experiences of open adoptees. This infographic traces the history of adoption over decades, and brings us to a new level of understanding about what adoptees truly need.

Infographic: The Adoption Reform Movement Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

A table which includes information regarding the past, present, and future of the adoption reform movement

Click on image to view full size, download and print.

Publications with first hand experience.

At Open Adoption & Family Services, we’ve learned so much from working with expectant parents and families who are in the midst of making decisions regarding reproductive choices and open adoption. We feel strongly that this learning should be shared, and regularly publish original articles that illuminate the multi-dimensional experiences of our clients. Read our annual reports and “Open Page” newsletters below for stories, insights and continuing education.

Several publications produced by Open Adoption and Family Services

“Open Page” Newsletter

Our “Open Page” newsletter is now a blog, however you can access back issues here:

  • Spring 2014 (PDF). Articles include: Openness as an Attachment Enhancer, Talking with your Child about Their Adoption, Make Lasting Connections Through Groups, Teen Affinity Group, Agency News — Birthmothers’ Retreat, Out-of-State Placements UP, Origins Therapy.
  • Summer 2013. Articles include: Celebrating Marriage Equality in Washington, Adoption Transparency Law, How to Talk About your Open Adoption, Agency News — Marketing and More, Birthmothers’ Celebrated at Retreat.
  • Fall 2012 (PDF). Articles include: Hospitality in Action; Keep OA&FS in the Loop. This keepsake edition provides a unique picture of how truly hospitious open adoptions work in the real world.
  • Spring 2012 (PDF). Articles include: Feeling at Home in Your Open Adoption; Gritter Event; Developing Resiliency: Seven Core Beliefs; Milestones and Changes by OA&FS Birthmother and Birthmother Mentor Bethany; Communicating to Resolve Issues also by Bethany.
  • Winter 2011. Articles include: About My Open Adoption by Ariel (Open Adoptee); Why We Chose Open Adoption by Ariel’s Family; Milestone Reached with DHS; OA&FS Sister Agencies; The Birthmom to Birthmom Connection by Liane (OA&FS Birthmother).
  • Summer 2011. Articles include: New OA&FS Web Site Launches, Creating Community by OA&FS Adoptive Mother Lisa Adriance, Becoming A Family by OA&FS Adoptive Father Scobie Puchtler, Resource for Seattle-Area Families by OA&FS Adoptive Mother and AFFGS Volunteer Toni Higgs, Bulgarian Adoption Professionals Visit OA&FS, Open Adoption: What Do You Want the World to Know? and more.
  • Fall 2010, (PDF). OA&FS 25th Anniversary Issue, articles include: Raising Awareness About Open Adoption; Remembering Annette Baran; Meet Board Member April Vanderkamp (Open Adoptee); Pregnancy Options Dialogue in Portland; Birthmother Retreat 2010; Volunteer Spotlight: A Birthmom Shares Her Wisdom; OA&FS Joins the Adoption Access Network.
  • Winter 2010. Articles include: Opening Adoption: A National Trend; Do You Have Any Children? by Birthmom and OA&FS Board Member Melissa Busch; Study Includes OA&FS Families; Culture, Race and Opennness; Birthparent Grief and Openness; Support for Adoptive Parents.
  • Summer 2009 (PDF). Transracial adoption issue, articles include: Preparing for Transracial Adoption; Pregnancy Options Dialogue, Interview with Claire (Open Adoptee adopted transracially); Lifegivers: An Annual Retreat for Birthmothers; Words from Adoptive Parents Who Adopted Transracially; Resources for Transracial Adoption; A Transracially-Adopted Child’s Bill of Rights.
  • Winter 2008 (PDF). Articles include: Dialogue with David (Open Adoptee and OA&FS Board Member); Rain or Shine Children’s Book Now Available; This I Believe by Ashleigh (Birth sister of Lela); Adoption Dialogue; Dan Savage; Making Room In Our Hearts book review by Kathleen Silber; OA&FS Teen Panel and Birthmother’s Story DVDs Available.
  • Spring 2008 (PDF). Articles include: Benefits of Birthfather Involvement; Birthfather’s Matter; Including Birthfathers?; Juno movie review by Shari Levine (OA&FS Executive Director); 2008 Client Survey.
  • Summer 2007 (PDF). Articles include: Out of Touch 2: Guidance from a Birthparent on Maintaining Contact; Sharing the News: Why Adoptive Parents Might Slip Out of Touch by Carol Merwin (OA&FS Board Member and Adoptive Mother); Life Challenges Can Create Distance; Insights from Lifegivers Retreat
  • Spring 2007 (PDF). Articles include: Openness Without Contact?; Out of Touch: Why Some Birthparents Are Unable to Stay in Contact; Honoring Sibling Connections; Tool Kit for Creating a Culture of Openness In Your Adoption; Ask Astrid; Openness A to Z by Carol Merwin (OA&FS Board Member and Adoptive Mother).

The Adult Adoptee Perspective


Books and Publications:

Attachment and Adoption

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Children’s Books

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Open Adoption



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Origins Therapy


  • Donor Conception Network. A site that welcomes couples and individuals – heterosexual, lesbian, gay, single, married, divorced or cohabiting – who are facing issues about donor conception at any stage, and would like to hear the experiences of those of us who have been there before. (UK-based.)
  • Donor Sibling Registry. A registry that offers an opportunity for donor conceived people (children and adults) to make connections with half siblings and donors by mutual consent of all parties.
  • What is Assisted Reproductive Technology?  U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention formal definitions of ART.
  • The Adoption Institute. Provides leadership that improves laws, policies and practices – through sound research, education and advocacy – in order to better the lives of everyone touched by adoption.

Books and Publications:

  • Building Your Family with ART.  by Elizabeth Larsen for Adoptive Families Magazine. A look at choices American families are making as infertility treatment technology advances.
  • X, Y, and Me. this website carries a series of children’s books to assist parents in disclosing their conception by assisted reproduction and donor. They believe that every child has the right to know of his/her circumstances and their special story that occurred before they were born.

Parenting the Adopted Child


Books and Publications:


Parenting and Discipline Strategies


  • Hand in Hand Parenting has classes, resources and support for parents of young children and professionals who work with them.
  • Healthy Children created by the American Academy of Pediatrics, this website covers topics such as physical and emotional health, child development, car-seat safety, immunizations, general safety tips and injury prevention, literature recommendations, and links to other resources.
  • Zero to Three promotes the health and development of infants and toddlers.

Books and Publications:

Pregnancy Options


  • Choice Links. A part of Abortion Care Network that provides a variety of resources for information on pregnancy options as well as birth control, sexuality, infertility, and finding the resources to pay for an abortion.


  • Backline. Toll-free talk line provides unconditional and judgment-free support for the full spectrum of decisions, feelings and experiences with pregnancy, parenting, adoption and abortion.
  • Birthmom Buds. Support for birthmoms and pregnant women considering adoption.

Books and Publications:

Prenatal Drug and Alcohol Exposure


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  • Babies First! is a nurse home visiting program in Lane County for families with children up to one year of age who have experienced prenatal drug exposure or prematurity.  Nurses provide parents with information to help them overcome or cope with potential issues related to these risks and connect with other medical or support services.
  • CaCoon is a nurse home visiting program in Lane County that provides support to families with medically fragile infants.
  • Center for Adoption Medicine, University of Washington Medical Center. Information and articles on prenatal drug/alcohol exposure, various medical issues, parenting and attachment tips.Doctors specializing in adoption medicine are available for phone consultation, as well as pre-adoption and post-adoption clinic appointments.
  • Child Development and Rehabilitation Center. With locations in Portland and Eugene, the center provides comprehensive diagnosis, evaluation, and management of various conditions including developmental delay, speech and language disorders, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and orthopedic impairments. CDRC serves individuals birth to 21 years of age. A primary care physician referral is necessary.
  • Early Childhood Cares. Developmental screening, early intervention and early childhood special education to children (birth to school age) who have developmental delays. Educational services may include home visits and parent consultation; education in community preschools; speech, physical or occupational therapy; behavior or autism consultation.  All educational services are free to eligible children.
  • March of Dimes. Fact sheet on the effects of smoking during pregnancy. The March of Dimes also has information on pregnancy and various risk factors.
  • Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS). Specialists are available to consult with prospective adoptive parents about prenatal drug or alcohol exposures. They also have an excellent website providing information on the effects of a variety of drug exposures (prescription and illicit), plus information on other medical issues and pregnancy.
  • Pediatric Interim Care Center, (PICC)  This center located in Kent, WA cares for drug exposed infants that are in the custody of the state. Founder Barb Drennen works closely with pediatricians at University of Washington in caring for these premature newborns. She’s happy to talk to prospective adoptive parents considering adopting a drug exposed infant. Rather than cite research, Barb can share her knowledge that is based on her experience and what she has witnessed. Both Barb and the PICC website have information on how to care for an infant exposed to drugs, as well as what symptoms you can expect to see. She can give hands-on instruction or consult over the phone, 253-852-5253.
  • University of Washington’s Fetal Alcohol and Drug Unit. An information specialist can provide information on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, potential effects of prenatal alcohol exposure and parenting interventions for those raising a child affected by prenatal alcohol exposure.
  • Washington State Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Diagnostic and Prevention Network, (FAS DPN). This organization is a network of four Washington State community-based interdisciplinary FASD diagnostic clinics linked by the core clinical/research/training clinic at the Center on Human Development and Disability at the University of Washington in Seattle. Any parent who adopts a child with documented prenatal alcohol exposure is strongly encouraged to contact the clinic and explore and learn more about the diagnostic process and the importance of early intervention. We recommend reviewing this site prior to your adoption.


  • Adoption Information Exchange. A comprehensive listing of adoption resources in Western Washington state for prospective and current adoptive families, birthparents and adoptees.
  • Coalition of Oregon Adoption Agencies, (COAA). A state-wide coalition of adoption agencies that serve the state of Oregon, of which OA&FS is a member.
  • Oregon DHS Policy. Rules, policies, tools and resources for the Oregon Department of Human Services.
  • Sex Etc. Comprehensive sexual health and education information by teens for teens.

Special Needs and Mental Health Issues

(See also Prenatal Drug and Alcohol Exposure for other special needs resources.)



  • Adoption Information Exchange. A comprehensive listing of adoption resources in Western Washington state for prospective and current adoptive families, birthparents and adoptees.
  • Coalition of Oregon Adoption Agencies, (COAA). A state-wide coalition of adoption agencies that serve the state of Oregon, of which OA&FS is a member.
  • Oregon DHS Policy. Rules, policies, tools and resources for the Oregon Department of Human Services.
  • Sex Etc. Comprehensive sexual health and education information by teens for teens.

Transracial Adoption, Race and Multi-Racial Issues


  • MAVIN is a national non-profit organization that builds healthier communities by providing educational resources about Mixed Heritage experiences.
  • The Mixed Heritage Center offers a clearinghouse of information and resources relevant to the lives of people who are multiracial, multiethnic, transracially adopted, or otherwise impacted by the intersections of race and culture.

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