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"Our son’s birthmom has always reassured us that she feels good about her decision. She is so considerate and supportive of our family. Knowing the birthparents and how they’re feeling is incredibly helpful. A lot of my adoption fears were about the unknown. With openness there is no unknown. I’m convinced that open adoption benefits everyone. We’d never do it any other way."

Patrice, Adoptive Mom

"Ariel (our daughter) has never had to worry that her birthfather doesn’t love and care about her. His love has been demonstrated over and over again. It’s not enough to just love a child, you have to be there to show them you love them … My daughter’s birthfather is like a close uncle to her and a son-in-law to me."

Nick, Adoptive Father

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

Sean and Stefan

Sean and Stefan
“Life is a conversation you never want to end,” and we’ve been keeping our conversation going ever since we met in 2006.

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Lillian and Jason

Lillian and Jason
Spending a summer on Lillian’s roof in the warehouse district and making movies about monkeys and astronauts, we fell in love.

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Karen and Scott

Karen and Scott
Family is important to us, and spending time with them is a priority. It is this strong connection to family that makes open adoption so app

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Suzanne and John

Suzanne and John
In 1998, we sat next to one another on an airplane. We had no idea we would hit it off so well, and we’ve been together ever since.

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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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Josh and Jason

Josh and Jason
The most exciting part of this process will be the openness, which means the most to Josh. He was adopted at birth and knows the feelings

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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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