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In these uncertain political times, it’s more important than ever we ensure the needs of vulnerable expectant parents and their children are being met. And with your support, you’ll make an enormous impact on the life of a child by helping to prevent them from entering foster care in the first place. Our alternative to state adoption is a humane choice for birthparents that gives these kids a way out. Help us broadcast this message and insure that child welfare workers and service providers, who work with high risk moms throughout the country, know about and can easily access our unique services.
The future of these vulnerable children matters. As a society, it is all of our responsibility to bring safety, stability and a family to their lives. No child should have their basic human rights denied. They don’t have a voice in this system, so let’s speak up for them. They deserve a home and a family who loves them.
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Meet open adoptee Christine.
Christine and her siblings were given a way out of the state system. They grew up with the security of caring families. Christine was adopted through OA&FS at age 3; she is now 25, an engaging and thoughtful young woman. Before her placement she lived with her birthparents, who struggled with addiction, and then in a foster home for 10 months. The first time she met her adoptive parents, Susan and Erik, she ran to them with arms wide open saying, “New mommy dad!” As Erik says, from that point forward, they never let go. Within a year Christine’s sister, Jamie, then six months old, joined them. Christine deeply appreciates how open, nonjudgmental and unconditionally loving her parents have always been as they guided the girls through the placement of two more birth siblings in other OA&FS families, the death of their birthmom, and the ongoing relationship with their birthfather. This has spanned joyous times when their extended birth and adoptive families celebrated holidays together, and tender times as Christine has navigated her sibling relationships as an adult. Christine says that open adoption has taught her “there are no limits to how much love you can give and receive.”
Christine completed an internship with OA&FS for her Child and Family Studies program at Portland State University. We are honored to have Christine join us on her path to becoming a social worker. She’d like to volunteer for CASA someday so she can advocate for kids who are vulnerable and in transition, like she once was.
Meet birthmother Sharene.
Meet birthfather Chris.
“My name is Chris and I am a birthfather. I was 24 years old when I found out that I was going to be a father. The news had me so excited that I began to forget who I was. I was quickly falling into the world of drugs and ending up in and out of jail for reasons I wish not to explain. I was overjoyed when I found out that we were going to be expecting a son. Shortly after finding out our baby’s sex, his mother informed me that she wanted to place him for adoption.
Growing up in the foster system, I was scared because of everything that I went through. When I then found out that it was going to be open adoption through Open Adoption & Family Services, I felt somewhat relieved. During the pregnancy I always promised my child that he would have a better life than I had. I didn’t want to lose my son so I convinced his mom to try and co-parent, but would keep an open mind about adoption if we were unable to.
Everything was going wonderful for the most part. We chose approximately eight families that we were comfortable with if we decided to go through with the open adoption, but out of these only two families were willing adopt our son, due to us having mental disabilities. Then one day I got a call no father wanted to hear. My son’s mother had pre-eclampsia and they were going to have to induce labor about 27 days early. I was scared beyond belief. On November 23, 2009, she gave birth to a very healthy baby boy. It was love at first sight.
The next day was the worst day that ever happened to me. Child Protective Services came to the hospital. They began to use every mistake we had ever made in our past against us. So we made the decision to call our adoption counselor at Open Adoption & Family Services and let her know everything that was going on with CPS.
We made the decision to go with the open adoption and gave her the name of the family we were most comfortable with. The next day we met the wonderful parents. We were overjoyed when they agreed to work with us on naming our son. We named him Tristen. Today he is a thriving 6-year-old big brother to a beautiful baby sister. I have never regretted our decision to give our son a better life.”