I’m the Executive Director of Open Adoption & Family Services and have been with the agency since 1992. OA&FS is a non-profit agency serving expectant parents across the country. We are very unique in that we’re pro-choice and not religiously affiliated. We provide free in depth all-options pregnancy counseling to hundreds of women/couples annually. Over the past 30 years we’ve also placed over 1,400 children in open adoption families and become the experts in open adoption in the Northwest and nationwide.
We’ve redefined what adoption can, and should be: a process of entrustment that holds the child’s needs at its center. Our high-integrity open adoptions are an ideal national model. In our open adoptions, the expectant parents and adoptive parents and form a close and lasting friendship that looks a lot like an extended family relationship. This heartfelt open adoption process replaces secrecy with transparency, separation with lifelong relationships and shame with transformation. This is the model for the next chapter of adoption.