Boys & Girls Aid

Our President & CEO shares her personal experience with adoption

Boys & Girls Aid Suzan Huntington


Suzan Huntington is the President & CEO of Boys & Girls Aid. Her connection to adoption is lifelong - she was put into foster care almost immediately after her birth. Susan shared her story with us.

In January of 1971, I was born to a mother addicted to drugs. I was immediately placed into foster care, and I stayed in two different foster homes over a 32 day period. Based on my behavior in the first year of life, it would be fair to say that I was born addicted to drugs. I was hypersensitive to sound, unable to sleep for any length of time and an allergic reaction to most foods. 

For me, I was lucky to be adopted by the right parents; my parents. I had parents who were there to support me through the early months. They took me to doctors appointments and comforted me as best they could through my outbursts. As I grew up, they knew my history and would advocate for me when challenges arose.

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Thank you to The Standard

Boys & Girls Aid The Standard

The Standard is a family of companies dedicated to helping people achieve financial well-being and peace of mind. Founded in 1906 in Portland, The Standard has long been committed to the communities where its employees live and work. The Standard provides corporate philanthropic support to a multitude of nonprofit organizations that create healthy communities, support individuals with disabilities, provide cultural development and foster education and advancement.

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Helping youth in foster care overcome abusive pasts

Boys & Girls Aid Foster Care

A boy moves homes for the fifth time in a single year. A girl is removed from her family because her parents have not been home in days. Siblings are separated because they are too hard to parent.

These are the individual events marking the lives of children growing up in the foster care system. Thousands of children in Oregon can relate to one or all of these traumatic things happening to them. Their adolescence is defined by one negative experience after another.

Growing up in foster care is not easy. The events that lead to a child entering the foster care system are often horrifying. A child is abused or neglected and their overall health is deemed to be in danger.

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Adoptive dad joins Boys & Girls Aid board of directors

Boys & Girls Aid Fergal Donoher

Our newest member joining the Boys & Girls Aid Board of Directors is Fergal Donoher. He joins the board as dad who had adopted through Boys & Girls Aid, and someone who is passionate about connecting children with families.

Fergal and his wife Caprice adopted their daughter Maisie through Boys & Girls Aid in 2012. Fergal is a VP & GM at Flex, a company focused on design, manufacturing, distribution and aftermarket services.

“The experience we had with Boys & Girls Aid was so positive that we have both felt the need to stay connected with the organization and to contribute so that other children and parents can build their forever homes together,” he said.

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How we can stop failing foster youth

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