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

"The seminar was valuable in that it gave more insight on OA&FS and the philosophy it embodies. It also made us realize we had found the right place at the right time. It took away any fears." - OA&FS Seminar Attendee

"We came to OA&FS by word of mouth with great recommendations. The philosophy of openness and honesty is a value we embrace and choose to live by." - OA&FS Adoptive Parents

"By being able to actually meet birth parents and adoptive parents, it cemented the process and expectations for us. Understanding how the birth parents are counseled made us feel like the best interests of the child are paramount." - OA&FS Seminar Attendee

"Very good services, openly welcoming and affirming for gays and lesbians." - OA&FS Adoptive Parents

"I respect the philosophical perspective of OA&FS - the commitment to everyone involved in the process. I also appreciate the recognition of gay couples and single parents." - OA&FS Seminar Attendee

Families of Open Adoption & Family Services

About Open Adoption & Family Services.

We offer free, unbiased counseling to people as they consider each of their pregnancy options: parenting, abortion, or adoption. When their choice is parenting or abortion, we assist them in connecting to trusted resources and providers. When their choice is adoption, we facilitate fully open adoptions. We provide post-placement counseling to assist birth parents and adoptive families as they create healthy, long-term relationships that center the ongoing needs of the child. Founded in 1985, OA&FS is unique in its unflagging commitment to non-religious affiliation, personal choice, inclusion, and transparency. We are non-profit and licensed in Oregon and Washington, with offices in Portland, Seattle and Eugene.

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 people 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 or Text 503-300-6130. Counselors are available 7 am-9 pm PST seven days a week 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.

If you're a prospective adoptive parent

Call for information, 503-226-4870

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 all other inquiries email OA&FS

Contact Our Offices


  • Portland
  • Eugene


  • Seattle

OA&FS Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is led by birth parents alongside adult adoptees and adoptive parents. This means our services are shaped and endorsed by people with lived adoption experience.

An adoption counselor

Sage Carter, President, Open Adoption & Family Services Board of Directors.

  • President Sage Carter

    Birth Parent, Scheduler at Progressive Rehab Associates

  • Vice-President Garrett Garfield

    Birth Father, Partner at Holland & Knight, LLP

  • Treasurer Steve Stegeman

    Adoptive Parent, CPA, Partner at Davis and Graves LLC

  • Secretary Lesli Johnson

    Adoptive Parent, VP Casualty Risk Control at CNA Insurance

  • Mark Spaur

    Adoptive Parent, VP at Kennedy/Jenks Consultants

  • Nathan Faust

    Adoptee, Undergraduate Admissions Counselor at Loyola Marymount University

  • Adam Carmel

    Adoptive Parent, Clinical Psychologist at University of WA at Harborview Medical Center

  • Heather Gingerich

    Adoptive Parent, Director of Initiative Partnerships at College Spark Washington

  • Jason Plowman

    Adoptive Parent, Shareholder/Employment Class & Collective Actions Co-Chair at Polsinelli PC

  • Kelly Groark

    Adoptive Parent, Director of Technical Accounting at Brooks Sports, Inc.

  • Suzie Williams

    Executive Director at OA&FS, Ex-Officio Board Member

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 hospitious.

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. They possess social services experience, advanced degrees and the ability to compassionately navigate a wide variety of situations. Our support staff enriches these efforts with specialized expertise in program management, client support, communications and financial services.


Management and Counseling Staff

Suzie Williams, MA, Executive Director

Suzie joined OA&FS in 1993. She gained perspective and a deep understanding of the complex issues faced by pregnant individuals and by families in the adoption constellation through years of working first as a Counselor and then as a Program Manager. Suzie became Executive Director in May 2021 and is proud to lead an organization committed to reproductive choice and best practices in open adoption. She appreciates that the agency is always evolving as we learn from the people we serve, including those living in open adoptions.

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

Amy DeGennaro, MSW, Counselor

Amy graduated in 2002 with an MSW from Boston University. She has worked in child welfare, and most specifically adoption, for the majority of her career in social work. She was a Counselor for OA&FS from 2003–2009 and just recently returned to the agency after taking time to be at home with her two daughters. She is excited to continue this work armed with a different perspective and insight that parenting brings. Amy has always been, and continues to be, inspired by the incredible strength, vulnerability and compassion shown by birth and adoptive families who continue to show up for one another with love and respect.

Lily Hankins - Counselor of Open Adoption and Family Services

Wendy Coleman, MSW, Counselor

Wendy joined OAFS in 2022 after spending the first two decades of her career working with pregnant and parenting adolescents and their children where she provided support and positive options for young families. Wendy is honored to join the OA&FS team, continuing to build connections with expectant parents and forge relationships with adoptive parents as well. Wendy is drawn to the integrity of OA&FS and inspired by the transparency, mutual respect and shared love in the open adoption relationship, and the compassion and vulnerability participants bring to the process.

Wendy Coleman - Counselor of Open Adoption and Family Services

Haley Waggoner, MSW, Counselor

Haley joined the OA&FS staff in 2022. She brings more than a decade of experience working with children, families, and educators in a variety of settings, including as a caseworker for Oregon DHS. She is passionate about supporting healthy families and communities.

Lily Hankins - Counselor of Open Adoption and Family Services

Support Staff

Sally Shuey, Communications 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 Maas, Client Services Manager

Lori has been at the support helm of OA&FS since 1999. She enjoys working closely with prospective adoptive parents as they explore their options and providing ongoing support to both clients and counseling staff throughout the adoption process.

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

Kristina Perkins, Bookkeeper

Kristina joined the OA&FS staff in 2022.

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

Arielle Fife-Klingler, Outreach Coordinator & Administrative Asst.

Arielle joined the OA&FS staff in 2023.

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


Management and Counseling Staff

Jan Jamieson, BA, 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 birth parents, 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

Adam Thomas, Operations Manager

Adam first joined the Eugene OA&FS team in 2016. He grew up in Oklahoma, but his love of the outdoors brought him to the great state of Oregon in 2014. He has a passion for helping others, and finds he does his best work through providing assistance to those in need. He enjoys volunteering his time at the sake of making someone's day better, and loves to share his knowledge and expertise when he sees an opportunity to jump in and help. He is passionate about open adoption, and the work OA&FS does not only with counseling and open adoption, but within the pro-choice community as a whole.

Irie Hoffman - Counselor of Open Adoption and Family Services Eugene


Management and Counseling Staff

Delphine Veith, LICSW, Program Manager

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

Leah Lusk, MA, LMHCA, Counselor

Leah joined OA&FS in 2021. Counseling is her second career after many years as an editor, and the common thread for her is helping people write their stories. She is honored to work in a facilitative role supporting and witnessing the establishment of lifelong connections that benefit children in open adoptions. She was drawn to OA&FS because of the organization’s commitment to transparency, openness and continual teaching and learning.

Leah Lusk - Open Adoption and Family Services Seattle

Katie Raser, MSW, LMHC, Counselor

Katie joined the OA&FS staff in 2023.

Leah Lusk - Open Adoption and Family Services Seattle

Kelsey Jacobs, Outreach Coordinator & Administrative Asst.

Kelsey joined the OA&FS team in November of 2022 after spending 14 years working in the animal care/vet field. As an adoptee herself, she is appreciative of OA&FS’ mission of openness and focus on the child.

Leah Lusk - Open Adoption and Family Services Seattle

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. Contact our Communications 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 we draw from materials developed by OA&FS as well as other subject matter experts. If you'd like to schedule OA&FS to speak at your organization, please contact us.

OA&FS in the media.

Publications with first hand experience.

At Open Adoption & Family Services, we learn so much from working with expectant parents and families as they make decisions regarding reproductive choices and open adoption. We feel strongly that this learning should be shared, and publish original articles that illuminate the multi-dimensional experiences of these clients. Read our annual reports and "Open Page" newsletters below for stories, insights and continuing education.

OA&FS Annual Reports

"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 Birth Mother and Birth Mother 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 Birth Mom to Birth Mom Connection by Liane (OA&FS Birth Mother).
  • 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 Birth Mom 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 Birth Mom and OA&FS Board Member Melissa Busch; Study Includes OA&FS Families; Culture, Race and Opennness; Birth Parent 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 Birth Mothers; 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 Birth Mother’s Story DVDs Available.
  • Spring 2008 (PDF). Articles include: Benefits of Birth Father Involvement; Birth Father’s Matter; Including Birth Fathers?; 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 Birth Parent 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 Birth Parents 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 Parent).

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.

Books and Publications:

  • Building Your Family with Assisted Reproduction.  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


  • Abortion Care Network. Organization that has a list of reputable clinics and offers guidance with choosing a provider, acquiring financial support and more.”


  • All-Options. 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


  • March of Dimes. Fact sheets on the effects of prenatal exposure to tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, heroine, and prescription opiods.
  • Mother to Baby. A service of the non-profit Organization of Teratology Information Specialists. They provide evidence-based information on prenatal drug exposure via fact sheets and access to experts.

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  • Babies First! Is a state-wide nurse home visiting program for families in Oregon with babies and children up to age five. Nurses provide parents with information on home safety, child development, healthy practices, relationship-building, and help with breastfeeding.
  • CaCoon is a state-wide program and operates in most counties. It's for children with a disability or a chronic health condition.
  • 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.
  • Early Intervention. Useful links and directory of early intervention services for the state of Oregon.
  • WA State Dept. of Children, Youth & Families . Guide to early intervention services offered in Washington.
  • 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.


Special Needs and Mental Health Issues

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



Transracial Adoption, Race and Multi-Racial Issues

Online Courses:

  • Adoption Learning Partners offers several compelling and informative online courses and webinars for adoptive parents considering transracial adoption, or for those who have adopted transracially. Some of these include: Adopted: The Identity Project, Raising Black Boys, Raising Black Girls, Color of Education, and Perspectives on Transracial Adoption, and Conspicuous Families.


  • MAVIN is a national non-profit organization that builds healthier communities by providing educational resources about Mixed Heritage experiences.
  • The Adopted Life
  • is a website dedicated to raising race-conscious kids.


  • Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) is a grassroots organization that helps empower Asian and Pacific Islanders through a variety of programs that focus on community organization, cultural work, political advocacy, and leadership development.
  • El Centro Milagro (Miracle Theatre)  provides Latino theatre, culture, and arts education for the enrichment of all communities.
  • Hacienda Community Development Corporation is a Latino Community Development Corporation that strengthens families by providing affordable housing, homeownership support, economic advancement and educational opportunities.
  • Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) offers a wide array of programs and services to foster understanding, compassion and communication between Oregon's established communities and newest arrivals.
  • IRCO Africa House provides culturally specific services to African refugees and families that emphasize family unity, strength, and community cohesiveness.
  • IRCO Asian Family Center provides culturally specific services for Asian and Pacific Islander communities that focus on early childhood development, parent education and support, youth services, and health education programs.
  • KairosPDX is a non-profit organization that focuses on delivering excellent, equitable education to underserved children, their families and their communities.
  • Latino Network is a Latino-led education organization, grounded in culturally specific practices and services that lifts up youth and families to reach their full potential.
  • MAVIN Foundation is a national non-profit organization that builds healthier communities by providing educational resources about Mixed Heritage experiences.
  • Native Youth and Family Center (NAYA Family Center) provides culturally specific programs and services that guide Native youth and families in the direction of personal success and balance through cultural empowerment.
  • Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF)  is a movement of African American leaders and officials that are committed to the revitalization and sustainability of a vibrant African American community.
  • Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives (PCRI) offers resident services that give families culturally specific skills and support necessary to achieve self-sufficiency, begin the process of wealth creation and, in many cases, become–and remain–successful homeowners.
  • Self-Enhancement Inc. (SEI) is a non-profit organization that helps youth and families, especially African Americans and others living in poverty, to realize their full potential through learning opportunities in the areas of academics, health and wellness, and performing arts.
  • Unite Oregon represents the merger of two organizations – Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO) and Oregon Action (OA) –  to address racial and economic disparities and strive to improve quality of life by offering programs within the community that focus on civic engagement, policy advocacy, leadership development, and community organization.
  • Urban League of Portland (ULPDX) offers a variety of programs that help empower African Americans and others within the community through advocacy, services to seniors, family health and wellness, youth and workforce development.


  • Asian Adult Adoptees of Washington (AAAW) is a non-profit organization that provides mentoring, fellowship and educational opportunities for Asian American and Pacific Islander adoptees and their community.
  • El Centro de la Raza provides a unique blend of bilingual and multicultural services and programs that focus on children and youth, education and asset building, community building and development, and environmental justice.
  • Families of Color Seattle (FOCS) is a non-profit organization that strives to build a strong community by supporting families of color through parenting programs, resource-sharing and fostering meaningful connections.
  • Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington is an organization that is committed to sharing Japanese and Japanese American culture and heritage by creating, funding, and supporting multicultural and inter-generational education that celebrate diversity, art, culture, and language.
  • Seattle University: Office of Diversity and Inclusion consistently holds cultural events for students and community members to attend.
  • United Indians of All Tribes provides educational, cultural and social services that reconnect indigenous people in the Puget Sound region to their heritage by strengthening their sense of belonging and significance as Native people.
  • Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle is a non-profit organization that empowers African Americans and underserved communities to thrive by securing educational and economic opportunities.


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