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"I love OA&FS' definition of openness - it is more truly open, not like "closed in disguise"."

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"It takes two people to make a child. If one person is not in the picture later on, there’s a part missing. Cody (birthfather) completes the picture. We are all so fortunate that Cody has stepped up to the plate to be a part of Mitch’s life. Cody is a part of who Mitch is. Without him there’d always be a gap for Mitch … Mitch is closer to his birthfather than his birthmother. They have a physical connection. They’re always wrestling or tickling each other. Mitch likes to grab Cody’s baseball cap so Cody will chase him to get it back. "

Mary Alice, Adoptive Mom

Our waiting adoptive families have chosen to work with us because they genuinely value openness in adoption and want a lifelong relationship with you. Birthparents may choose from 65 to 85 families seeking an open adoption through OA&FS. Below are letters of introduction from some families ready to adopt. When you call us, we'll send you a booklet of family introduction letters including letters from families who did not wish to post their letter online.

You may also request the full family profile for families that you'd like to learn more about. Because we and our families respect your need to know as much as possible about the adoptive families you are considering, in their family profile we share:

  • The family's entire official Homestudy Report, (12-17 pages), which includes detailed information about their home and neighborhood; careers; relationship with each other and family/friends; parenting philosophies and values.
  • A detailed family book written by the prospective adoptive parents that gives birthparents a glimpse into their lives. This autobiographical photo book covers topics such as their childhoods and what they learned from them, family traditions and hopes and dreams for their open adoption relationship.

At OA&FS, openness means having a meaningful, face-to-face, lifelong, extended family relationship. Many of our adoptive families have special videos in which they talk about why they want an open adoption and what they value about each other. Choosing a family to parent your child is a huge decision. There’s so much to consider.  You may be curious about the adoptive parents’ jobs, hobbies, where they live, etc. If so, here's a useful tool to determine what’s important to you

 

Meet Waiting Adoptive Families

Ben and Jeff

Ben and Jeff
We met in Seattle in 1998 when Ben asked Jeff out to dinner on the sidewalk one evening, and Jeff replied, “Sure, how about right now?”

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Mark and Jared

Mark and Jared
When we met, eleven years ago, we knew instantly that we were meant for each other. We soon were best friends, constant companions, and

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Susan

Susan
I feel that each person is a puzzle and without the birth family in our life my child’s life puzzle would be incomplete.

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Anke and Arbey

Anke and Arbey
Both of us value family. It is a dream of ours to raise a child, to teach him/her three languages (English, German and Spanish), to give her

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Matt and Josh

Matt and Josh
We believe that the keys to happiness are good friends, close family, great food, and spending as much time outdoors as possible.

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Dawn and Troy

Dawn and Troy
We envision a beautiful life with our child and our child’s birth family, which includes compassion, patience, and love.

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