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Adoption - Is it right for me?

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Considering Adoption

Your Rights

If you choose to make an adoption plan, you can choose from many different agencies. Boys & Girls Aid is one of the most well-known and respected adoption agencies in Oregon and Southwest Washington. We would be honored to support you throughout your pregnancy. Meet Our Team

At Boys & Girls Aid, we believe:

  • You have the right to make your decision without pressure
  • You have the right to confidentiality
  • You have the right to choose the family who will adopt your child
  • You have the right to choose to have ongoing contact with the adoptive family
  • You have the right to talk with women who have gone through similar experiences
  • You have the right to change your plan anytime

You are not alone. We are here to listen and to care.

To speak to a counselor right now (any time, day or night) you can:
Call us at 503.542.2392 or toll free at 877.932.2734
Text “ASKME” to 503.862.8108 or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

What you can expect if you choose adoption with Boys & Girls Aid

You have help along the way

You will have your own advocate to guide you through the process and support you.

  • Your pregnancy counselor is available to you throughout the adoption process.
  • You decide how much support you would like your pregnancy counselor to provide.
  • Your pregnancy counselor will support you by communicating with the birthfather, your family, and anyone else you choose to involve.

This is your life, your decision

You have the ability to make the best decisions for yourself and your child. Your voice will be heard and not judged. Your wishes will be respected. You can choose the adoptive family for your child from our carefully screened and approved families. Here are some of our current waiting families. While we encourage open adoptions, you can decide how much and what kind of contact you have with the adoptive family and your child. We welcome the important people in your life to be involved throughout your pregnancy and adoption. Birth father involvement is encouraged, but we understand that this may not always be an option


Providing for your needs

We can supply financial support as needed during your pregnancy and up to three months after your child is placed with the adoptive family. This may include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Rent and utilities
  • Food and clothing
  • Transportation

You can have peace of mind

We have been placing children in adoptive homes since 1885. We believe now, as we believed then, that we find families for children, not children for families. You can take comfort in knowing that you and your child will be cared for by experienced and compassionate pregnancy counselors and professionals.

  • All adoptive families are qualified and fully screened.
  • Your privacy and the information you share with us will be respected.
  • We understand adoption law and will make a safe and legal placement.

You can stay connected for a lifetime

Our staff is here to help facilitate contact with the adoptive family for years to come.

  • Letter and picture exchanges
  • Contact with the adoptive family
  • Arrangements for family visits

Making an adoption plan

You may be wondering what is included in making an adoption plan. First, you will meet with a pregnancy counselor to talk about your pregnancy options. You can meet with her as many times as you would like. You can choose to involve the birthfather or any of the important people in your life.

If you decide to make an adoption plan, you will give your pregnancy counselor some background information and you will discuss what is most important to you in choosing an adoptive family. You can also talk with her about your likes and dislikes and any other information you feel is important for her to know during your pregnancy. As you progress in your pregnancy, your pregnancy counselor will provide you with adoptive family profiles. You choose the adoptive family that you feel is the best match. You will have the opportunity to meet the adoptive family you choose. Here are some of our current waiting families.

A few weeks before you give birth, you will make a hospital plan with your pregnancy counselor. This will outline your wishes and desires surrounding the birth and adoption of your child to the adoptive family. You will also decide the amount of openness, or contact, with the adoptive family. There are different levels of openness in open adoptions. You may decide to stay in touch by exchanging letters or pictures, or you may decide to meet periodically. You and the adoptive family will determine the amount of openness in your open adoption that will work best for everyone.

To speak to a counselor right now you can:
Call us at 503.542.2392 or toll free at 877.932.2734
Text “ASKME” to 503.862.8108 or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)