the average age of a child waiting to be adopted from foster care is eight years old.
In 1885, Portland’s civic leaders founded Boys & Girls Aid to find safe homes and permanent families for children with neither. More than 128 years later, we’re still making that happen. Boys & Girls Aid is dedicated to impacting the well-being of children in need. To do this, we offer programs for children and youth that provide permanent homes and safe places to stay temporarily.
It is no coincidence that Boys & Girls Aid was founded just two years after the transcontinental railroad reached Portland. Oregon’s only city at that time, the railway opened Portland’s doors to a growing and diverse population. Entrepreneurs, adventurers, and opportunists crowded Portland’s streets. And so did homeless children.
Portland’s leaders came together in search of a solution. Rather than employ the traditional orphanage model, these men broke with convention. Children, they asserted, thrive best within a family. Boys & Girls Aid was created.
Unique because of our history, experience, and vision, Boys & Girls Aid continues to take the lead in providing innovative programs for children and families in Oregon.
Boys & Girls Aid is a 501(c)3 charity. The organization’s Federal Tax Identification Number is 93-0386791.