Openness in adoption


Boys & Girls Aid believes that some type of open communication or meeting between birthparents and adoptive families is in the best interest for all involved—especially the child. We help families establish a comfortable degree of openness and help facilitate contact with the birth family, whether that comes in the form of picture/letter exchanges or family visits.

Openness reassures birthparents that they have made the right decision and it allows a child to know his/her background and develop a healthier sense of self while growing up. For adoptive families, a pre-arranged agreement means there are set conditions that can be planned around, and it offers the opportunity to better understand a child’s own innate makeup. Each adoption is unique in what each party agrees to and is comfortable with in regards to openness. Birthparents and adoptive families sign a mutually agreed upon Open Adoption Agreement.


The Mutual Benefits of Open Adoption

Our trained, compassionate counselors help adoptive families and birthparents explore the amount of openness with which they are comfortable.  As adoption professionals, we understand and endorse the positive outcomes and benefits of open adoption.  While we encourage openness, we also believe that an open adoption thrives on mutuality.  Contact between parties can take on many forms, resulting in a healthy and satisfying exchange.

Adoption is a meaningful, lifelong journey. We are committed to providing ongoing counseling support for our adoptive families, and for our birthmothers.



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Boys & Girls Aid
9320 SW Barbur Blvd, 
Portland, OR 97219



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