Boys & Girls Aid

Selena’s adoption story

My life was happy until my dad passed away. We were a normal family until then. My daddy made it to my 9th birthday. He passed away shortly after from cancer, but he is very much a part of who I am. When I was 10, my mom took me to the hospital. She said she could not handle my behavior. That’s when I entered foster care.


Boys & Girls Aid named Best Nonprofit to work for

Boys & Girls Aid was named one of the best nonprofits to work for in Oregon! More than 5,500 employees from 180 organizations participated in Oregon Business’ annual poll . Boys & Girls Aid was ranked #20 among all large nonprofits. We are proud to be considered in the same light as Outside In and Energy Trust of Oregon.


Joe & Jared’s Adoption Story

Joe and I come from very large families and have always wanted a family of our own. As our relationship progressed and we committed to each other, we began exploring ways to grow our family. We explored surrogacy and infant adoption, but we both had experiences within the last four years that drew us to foster care adoption.


Spindler Adoption Story

Dan & Rachelle Spindler adopted Summer in the fall of 2013. This is their adoption story.



Welcome to Connects

Bringing our stories to you

In the early 1880s, Portland’s leaders were coming to grips with the reality that children in their communities were grieving and hurting. Many were children without families. From major cities in the Northeast, they had journeyed across the United States along the Transcontinental Railroad. At each station, they got off the train and stood atop platforms where they were presented for adoption. With each stop, their hopes of finding a family to call their own dwindled. Portland was the end of the line for them. The creation of Boys & Girls Aid was the result of this influx of children in need. The agency was centered in Portland, a young city in a state that was just over 25 years old. The car had not yet been invented. The typewriter and telephone were both less than 50 years old. Sharing information was not easy.



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