A safe place for the people you serve to explore pregnancy options.


"Thank you! I appreciate your consistent and strong advocacy for women and girls." - Deborah {PCC Resource Center)

"You are doing such important work!! And I’m so glad you pointed out the option for working proactively with families whose parental rights are in jeopardy. We hadn’t really thought about that possibility." - Jennifer {Skagit County Public Health)

"In the years I have called upon you to visit my classes, your presentations are always current, relevant to that particular group, and emotionally charged enough to be memorable and effective." - Kathleen {University of Portland)

"“I’m warmed to see how the idea of connecting birth parents and potential adoptive parents has blossomed into great outcomes.” Maurita Johnson, DHS District Manager " - Maurita Johnson, DHS District Manager

"“Thank you for the work you have done to support the work that I do. I remember being a new receptionist at Planned Parenthood over 11 years ago and hearing a presentation from OA&FS. It changed my approach to options counseling and made me better at my job on a deeply personal level. Your team has been such a beacon of support and reciprocity for members of my team in ways I can’t even quantify. Thank you for always being a resource, for the work you are doing to connect families all over our community, and for making the world a better place through OA&FS.” " - Kara Hedberg - Planned Parenthood


Service provider resources for professionals working with expectant parents.


You care deeply about the needs of the mothers and babies you serve. At Open Adoption & Family Services, we do too.  If you’re a professional working with expectant parents who are facing unintended pregnancies or would like to explore adoption, we’d like to extend our service provider resources to you. In this section you'll learn about programs, trainings and presentations that we offer. You can also order free materials for your clients and patients.

OA&FS is a pro-choice, non-profit adoption agency that provides all-options pregnancy counseling and open adoption services. We've promoted diversity and inclusion since 1985. We're licensed in Oregon and Washington and also provide services to people across the U.S. We look forward to hearing from you and sharing information about our innovative model of choice, empowerment and relationship building.

About OA&FS
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OA&FS birth parents advocate for open adoption at Oregon's state legislative session.

Their distinct open adoption experiences have clearly inspired them to speak authentically and articulately about the rights of birth parents in adoption. They feel that women exploring adoption deserve to be treated with dignity and respect as they access transparent information about all of their choices.

Are you working with a client facing significant barriers to parenting?


These conversation starters can help you get an understanding of the hopes and needs of the expectant parent you're working with.

We recognize that not all parents facing state intervention choose to pursue the path of parenting. When this is the case, we're available to help them further explore their options and plan a private agency adoption if that's the route they choose to take.

  • How do you feel about parenting at this time?
  • What supports do you feel you need to make your vision of parenting a reality?
  • If the choice to parent doesn't feel right, what do you know about private agency adoption?

 

Foster care is not the only answer.

Private agency adoptions can provide another path for those who want to explore this option.


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OA&FS adoptee Henry with birth parent Jamie and adoptive parents Deb and Corey.

We provide an empowering model to expectant parents, and will truly honor their individual choice. The genuine and lasting child-centered relationship is at the core of our high-integrity open adoptions.

At Open Adoption & Family Services, our services always start with respecting and honoring expectant parents. Pregnant and parenting individuals receive non-directive, all-options pregnancy counseling as they explore all of their choices. If they decide to plan an open adoption, our services reflect their vision and include ongoing post-placement counseling and support.


 

Who Can Benefit from this Open Adoption Alternative?


  • AT-RISK MOMS ...

    who want to make a proactive, informed plan for their child.

  • MOMS WHO'VE EXPERIENCED A STATE ADOPTION ...

    who are pregnant again and this time want an open adoption.

  • MOMS WHO WANT A BACK-UP PLAN ...

    who may access this option if a state adoption becomes imminent later.




OA&FS adoptee with birthmother Donna.

If adoption is likely to be in her future, she deserves to have her vision realized.


Our unique collaborative relationship with Oregon DHS.


In 2010, OA&FS presented this open adoption solution to the Oregon Department of Human Services and we forged a collaborative relationship that has thrived.

In 2019/2020 we provided free trainings to over 1,300 CPS, DHS and Self-Sufficiency workers throughout Oregon. Our presentations featured providing moms with access to all of their options before their child is removed: parenting, reunification, a state adoption or proactively planning an open adoption. When birthparents are aware of all of their options, they can make an informed and empowering choice for their child’s future.

We’re happy to customize a training or webinar for your staff! Here's what DHS participants have to say about OA&FS trainings.

“Appreciate your service and inspiring heart which has cultivated a community that promotes extended family preservations – humbled.” Child Welfare Senior Operations Manager
“Thank you for the presentation; it was fantastic information and I believe the workers that were able to attend also enjoyed it.” DHS Supervisor
“I have so enjoyed collaborating with you, and I too look forward to continuing our work together.” Lacey Andresen, MSW
“The birthmom wanted to plan an adoption so we called you! I will be using this often. So great! Thank you! And I’ll tell my CPS friends”. Nicole Tucker, CPS Worker
Adoptee Kylen with adoptive parent Dawn, birthmother Hollie and adoptive parent Troy, (l-r).

We are making a positive impact on the child welfare system.

We’re discovering that our collaborative relationship with Oregon DHS is possibly the only one of its kind in the country. Oregon is a national leader in providing open adoption as an alternative to foster care and state adoption.

Now our empowering model is available to them, DHS workers and service providers, who work with high risk moms throughout the state refer expectant parents to us routinely. They’ve seen the process unfold and are pleased by how well it meets the ongoing needs of birthparents and their kids.

This paradigm shift calls for a new perception of birthparents. In our open adoption model, birthparents are treated with dignity and respect. They have a voice in their child’s adoption as they create a lifelong friendship with the family. The birthparents hold a position of honor throughout their child’s life.

The birthparents hold a position of honor in the child's life.

Open adoptions through OA&FS have significant advantages.



OA&FS adoptee Daniel with birthmother Coreana.

TIMELINE



We can plan an adoption within a few days with trained families who are ready to adopt.

DIRECT PLACEMENT



We place the child directly with the adoptive family without using foster care.

CONSENTS



Adoption consents are voluntary.

CHOOSING A FAMILY



Birthparents select a family after reading extensive information about them.

ONGOING RELATIONSHIP



Birthparents meet and form a lifelong relationship with the adoptive family.

ONGOING VISITS CONTRACT



Birthparents have access to a legally enforceable contract for ongoing visits, averaging 3-4 per year.

ONGOING AGENCY SERVICES



We provide lifelong relationship guidance and adoption-related counseling.

BIRTHPARENT OUTCOMES



Birthparents feel heard and valued. They have a lifelong relationship with their child and the family.

OUTCOMES FOR CHILD



Open adoptees value that their birthparents stayed in their lives. Have high self-esteem and strong sense of identity.

ADOPTIVE FAMILY OUTCOMES



The adoptive family welcomes the birthparents, and include them as part of their extended family.

COST TO TAXPAYERS



No cost to taxpayers.

 

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Last minute adoption plans.


When your patient wants to create her own unique adoption plan, our “last-minute” open adoption services empower and support her.

At Open Adoption & Family Services, we recognize the challenges you face daily as you meet the unique and complex needs of each patient. If she wants to explore her adoption options, we can help. Here’s how we can extend our services to you:

Quick Response: Available 24/7


  • Counselors are available to respond to your needs immediately.

All Options Counseling


  • The counselor can help your patient explore her options, explain her legal rights regarding adoption, assess the birthfather’s legal status and support her in whatever decision she ultimately makes.

Adoption-Ready Families


  • She can select from 65-85 diverse families who are prepared to adopt. We provide a detailed profile on all of the families for her review. Our families are seeking a genuine friendship with her.

Creating a Relationship


  • The family she chooses can meet her within a few hours. With our relationship guidance, they begin building a strong and healthy foundation to their open adoption relationship. Together they create a legally enforceable contract for ongoing visits.

Entrustment & Placement


  • In most cases we are able to place the child with the adoptive family before she and the baby are discharged, if that's what she wishes. The adoption reflects her adoption vision.

Follow-up Counseling


  • She is entitled to ongoing counseling and relationship support. We have a lifetime commitment to our child-centered adoptions.

Our Services for Hospital Staff

We offer free presentations on adoption tailored to fit the needs of your staff. We can also assist your staff in creating an ethically sound adoption policy reflecting your dedication to providing your patients with professional adoption resources.

Schedule Your Presentation

Access our free webinars for service providers.


We offer webinars on a variety of topics related to pregnancy options counseling and open adoption. These are engaging, interactive and include videos of real people living open adoptions. Watch birthmother Katelyn’s story of placing her son Zac 18 years ago, and the amazing relationships that have been created as a result.

Visit our webinars home page to find the training that meets your needs. Simply register to reserve your spot! Additionally, we can host a live, customized webinar at your staff meeting, if that’s more convenient for you. Recorded webinars are available as onboarding training for new staff, or for staff who were unable to watch the live webinar. Webinars are 45 minutes followed by a 15 minute Q&A. Contact us to discuss at 1-800-772-1115,  info@openadopt.org

See Webinar Listings and Register

Benefits of Open Adoption




Ongoing contact enables birthparents to see for themselves that their child is thriving in the adoptive family’s home. This helps them feel at peace with their open adoption decision. Our video "Open Adoption Over the Years" shows how families have built long-term relationships. 

Knowing that the birthparents fully support the adoption, adoptive parents feel secure in welcoming the birthparents into their lives. Watch our video "Placement and Entrustment." And, most importantly, the open relationship gives the child direct access to information about their history and support from their birthparents. This allows for the healthy development of the child’s sense of identity and self-esteem.

Watch Open Adoptee Videos

Free trainings and presentations.

Let us help you support your clients.


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We recognize that counseling with people who are facing an unplanned pregnancy can present unique challenges. We would like to offer the support you need to make this process easier. OA&FS provides free, interactive trainings for groups of any size.

Currently, our trainings are being held via Zoom. The length can flex depending on the needs of your staff. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with you and your team!

Get up-to-date information with these training topics.


Recognizing best practices in all-options pregnancy counseling and open adoption enables helping professionals to make informed referrals and empower their clients to access relevant high integrity services.

Our trainings help prepare service providers to skillfully include accurate information when discussing pregnancy options with their patients and clients. Topics covered can include:

  • Trauma-informed all-options counseling.

  • Accurate information about open adoption, including best practices.

  • Experiences of birth and adoptive parents in open adoption relationships.

  • The experience your clients/patients would have working with Open Adoption & Family Services.

  • How to support clients and patients at risk for CPS intervention.

  • Ethical and legal issues in adoption.

  • Sensitive adoption language and dispelling common misconceptions.




Our service provider Bill of Rights.


When referring a pregnant woman to us, you can be assured she will …


Receive respect and compassion as she explores all of her pregnancy options.
Receive unbiased counseling from qualified counselors, who are available 24/7.
Have her choice honored, regardless of what it is.

If she chooses adoption, she will…


Receive ongoing counseling, guidance and support throughout the process.
Choose her child’s adoptive family from our diverse pool of all available families.
Review the adoptive family’s homestudy and detailed family book.
Receive guidance as she develops a relationship with the adoptive family.
Receive a legally enforceable contract for ongoing visits.
Create the birth plan.
Sign adoption consents only when she’s ready.
Entrust her child to the adoptive parents in an entrustment ceremony.
Feel at home in her open adoption: feel welcomed, honored and valued.
Receive ongoing adoption-related counseling and relationship guidance.
Receive unbiased counseling from qualified counselors available 24/7.
Be welcomed into our vibrant open adoption community.
If you refer a birthfather, he will be included, heard and valued.
Attend the Birthmother or Birthfather Retreat.
Be connected to other birthparents.

The National Pro-Choice Adoption Collaborative is your pregnancy options counseling and open adoption resource.



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Open Adoption & Family Services and Friends in Adoption have teamed up to form the National Pro-Choice Adoption Collaborative (NPAC), a union of two high-integrity agencies with a shared philosophy. We're pro-choice, not religiously affiliated, embrace diversity and offer lifelong services. With our empowerment model, we've become the national experts in open adoption. Each of our non-profit agencies has 30+ years of experience, and we place children up to the age of three in open adoptions. We have offices on the east and west coasts, and work with expectant parents nationwide. We're here to help you meet the needs of the moms you serve. Add NPAC to your resource list!

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Partnering with professionals in community support.


OA&FS has a long history of partnering with clinics, hospitals, schools and other organizations that support pregnant women and couples. We work with organizations throughout Oregon and Washington.

Thanks to our colleagues for these endorsements:


Thank you for the presentation. It was great! We all came away with a lot of great information for ourselves, and to share with all of our patients. We will be in contact with you in the future for more materials. – Katie Jo, Health Center Manager, Planned Parenthood of the Columbia-Willamette.

We so appreciate the fact that OA&FS is willing to come each year to Birthingway College of Midwifery to share information and connection with our students. OA&FS' mission and philosophy dovetail beautifully with the way we encourage our students to engage in their own care, emphasizing true shared decision-making. Our students value the relational, whole-person, centered approach OA&FS espouses, and they are grateful to have open adoption as a resource for clients. – Nichole Reding, MA, CPM, LDM, Academic Coordinator and Instructor, Birthingway College.

OA&FS counselor Katie has been providing training support for a group of my staff that are learning options counseling. Katie has been incredible in providing support and training. She is obviously knowledgeable and incredibly skilled, as well as professional and passionate. – Multnomah County Maternal Child Health Director.

You and your staff do such a unique and life-affirming job. You really are changing the face and feel of adoption in Oregon! – Elizabeth, Program Development Specialist, Healthy Start of Multnomah County, OR

Every so often, a patient comes into the hospital to deliver, intending to release her infant for adoption but without having a plan in place. At such a critical time, it is important for the hospital social worker to let the patient know there are adoption resources that can provide her with complete information about her options so that she can make an informed decision about whether or not she wants to proceed with an adoption release. Open Adoption and Family Services is such an agency and one that I have come to respect and hold in high regard. I have found Open Adoption and Family Services willing to respond immediately and without hesitation to situations involving unplanned adoptions. Further, I know that they will maintain the ethic of patient self-determination and work to facilitate whatever the patient considers to be in the best interest of herself and her newborn. Professionally, Open Adoption and Family Services has made my life a lot simpler, and the life of many birthmothers who enter the hospital devoid of a plan, a lot more satisfying. – Rich, Clinical Social Worker

I wanted thank you regarding the recent presentation by your counselor, Katie. She was AMAZING! Great information, very personable, clear and concise in answering questions, very competent and clearly able to articulate issues of social justice and sensitivity to client centered practice with the agency. Also wanted to say how impressed I am with the OA&FS program in general and the values that are very clear in its processes. – Mr. B. Bartja, LICSW, MHP, CMHS PSNHC, Social Worker, Rainier Beach Medical Clinic

Whether working with patients or healthcare professionals, I always recommend Open Adoption & Family Services. I am consistently impressed by their commitment to the families they work with and to the community at large. They provide a wealth of information, nonjudgmental counseling, and emotional and logistical support -- and are always happy to refer clients who may need outside services. Most importantly, Open Adoption & Family Services truly provides women with CHOICES.” – Grayson, Education Program Coordinator, formerly with Planned Parenthood, Portland

When working with OA&FS, it is a great relief to know our patients will receive consistent emotional support before and after the adoption. My experience has been that both birth and adoptive parents working with OA&FS feel better-prepared and well-supported when making an adoption plan. – Karen, Medical Social Worker, PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center, Eugene, OR

I feel very confident working with OA&FS, because I can depend on an immediate response. I know the OA&FS counselor will be an advocate for my patient and support her in any decision she makes. I am also confident that the counselor is very informed about the legal issues around adoption. – Kay, Maternity Care Coordinator, McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center, Springfield, OR

Even as a labor and delivery nurse and educator, I quickly realized that I had many incorrect perceptions about open adoption. In the 9 years that I have worked with primarily closed adoptions in the hospital, I had observed the situation to be stressful and sometimes negative for the persons involved. Shari put myself and my students at ease about the common misnomers that often surround the subject. She was able to share some wonderful stories with the group. We were able to understand the beauty of open adoption and were amazed by the bond that is formed between the birthparents and the adoptive parents. It was wonderful to see how so many children can live normal, healthy, happy lives in the care of all different types of families. I am thankful that I was educated about this caring option. – Erica, RNC, Providence St. Vincent Hospital, Portland, OR

I have been impressed with the quality of service OA&FS provides to the birthmothers who deliver here. The adoption counselors are always respectful, well-informed and competent professionals. Their involvement helps us provide quality medical care, while insuring the ethical issues related to adoption are upheld. – Donna, Lead Social Worker, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, Vancouver, WA

Shari, thank you so much for taking the time to come out to SARC and share Open Adoption's mission with us. This is such a great/thought-provoking topic for our volunteers. There was a lot of great discussion after you left! We really appreciate your philosophy about empowering individuals to make decisions that are best for them. I will definitely be in touch in the future, in order to set up another info. sharing experience for our volunteers. Keep up the great work! Thanks again! – Esther, Volunteer Manager, SARC (Sexual Assault Resource Center)

I am so very grateful to have your continued participation in the Nursing of Families course at U.P. The students are surprised and informed by your information and presentation and you never fail to engage and stimulate them into questioning and participation. – Kathleen, University of Portland Nursing Program

Thank you very much for coming and talking with us. The information and discussion was truly at the right level for this group. And our discussion continued after you left - it was a valuable afternoon (from the faculty perspective for sure!). I look forward to connecting with you again! – J. Dale, University of Portland

Thanks for sending copies of your latest brochures. I am so glad your organization exists, and my staff has been very pleased with the services you provide when they have been able to have clients to meet with one of your counselors. You are doing such important work!! And I’m so glad you pointed out the option for working proactively with families whose parental rights are in jeopardy. We hadn’t really thought about that possibility. – Jennifer, Skagit Co. Public Health

Appreciate all you do, and your efforts to assure we have current and accurate materials. – Diana, Program Coordinator, Commission on Children & Families/Healthy Start


We appreciate our community partners.


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Free materials and resources for you.


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OA&FS offers the following free brochures, fliers and videos for service providers and their clients. To order these materials, contact us at 1-800-772-1115, email info@openadopt.org or fill out this online order form. If you would like to include excerpts from OA&FS materials or republish this content, please contact us for permission.

Cards, brochures and fliers.


OA&FS SERVICES


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Pregnant? You Have Choices. Business card-sized mini brochure with an overview of OA&FS services including pregnancy options counseling, open adoption and open adoption as an alternative to state adoption. Includes information in Spanish.

Flier Get Started with OA&FS

Get Started With OA&FS. Flier with overview of resources for expectant parents. Can also use as a cover piece for other materials.

Flier Pregnancy Options

Pregnancy Options. Flier with pregnancy options counseling overview and questions to ask about the different options.

OPEN ADOPTION


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What is Open Adoption? Brochure that outlines our open adoption program.

Flier Planning an Open Adoption

Planning an Open Adoption. Flier of open adoption steps and questions to ask when comparing services.

Flier Every Voice is Heard

Every Voice is Heard. Flier with testimonials from birthparents and other adoption constellation members about their open adoptions.

Flier Same Sex Parenting

Same Sex Parenting.  Flier with facts and research about LGBTQ+ families.

Flier Expectant Parents Outside of Oregon and Washington

Expectant Parents Outside of Oregon and Washington.  Flier of benefits to choosing OA&FS.

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Exploring Adoption? Know where to go. Our gallery of tips highlight some of the most important aspects of an adoption agency’s practices. These reflect the values we bring to every adoption. Each tip is a printable flier. See all the tips.

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Fathers Matter. Brochure outlining how birthfathers are important in their child’s life.

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Explora tus opciones de embarazo. Brochure about our unique all-options pregnancy counseling and open adoption program en Español.

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Origins Therapy. Brochure explaining our counseling program for individuals and families involved in adoption, surrogacy and reproductive technologies.

FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS


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Guide for Service Providers. Flier for health care professionals and social service providers with information on OA&FS services and how to access them.

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Guide for Oregon Child Welfare Professionals. Flier for Oregon DHS professionals with information on when and how to access OA&FS services.

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Last Minute Placement Checklist.  Flier for Hospital Social Workers to use when patients are planning an adoption at delivery.

VIDEOS ONLINE


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Open Adoption Experiences: Sharene's Story. Sharene is the birthmother of Finn, Sophia and Joan. Finn was adopted through Open Adoption & Services by Brady and Peter. They later adopted his two sisters from the Oregon state foster care system. So often in adoption the focus is on the moment the baby is placed. Now that her son Finn is four, Sharene, along with Finn’s Dads Peter and Brady, have a more evolved open adoption story to tell. Here’s hers. View video -- duration 3:57.

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Open Adoption Experiences: Christine's Story. Open adoptee Christine is a 23-year old engaging and thoughtful young woman, who was adopted through Open Adoption & Family Services when she was three years old. Prior to her placement she lived with her birthparents, who struggled with addiction, and then in a foster home for ten months. Christine deeply appreciates how open, non-judgmental and unconditionally loving her parents Erik and Susan have always been as they guided her and sister Jamie (who was adopted within a year of Christine) 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. View video -- duration 5:27.