The Special Needs Adoption Coalition (SNAC) of Oregon is facilitated by Boys & Girls Aid through a contract with the State of Oregon’s Department of Human Services (DHS). An adoption is usually considered “special needs” if the child is over eight years old, part of a sibling group, has some physical, mental or emotional disabilities, or is part of an ethnic minority.
SNAC is comprised of 14 private adoption agencies who work with DHS to locate potential adoptive families for foster children in state custody. The agencies each have their own fee structure and fees are partially reimbursed through the State of Oregon.
A Family for Every Child Adoption Agency is different than many existing agencies because is focuses entirely on “special needs” adoptions. Most of these children are over 6 years old, part of a sibling group, have some physical, mental or emotional disabilities, or are part of an ethnic minority. Unless they find their forever families soon, these children will likely spend the rest of their childhood in multiple foster care placements.
Of special concern are children at risk of “aging–out” of foster care. Once these children reach 18, their foster families and the State of Oregon no longer have to give them assistance. Left to fend for themselves, these hardest to place children have been in the system the longest and because they lack the family support system that most young adults take for granted, they face a higher risk of dropping out of school, homelessness, poverty, and young parenthood. They do not have any more time to wait! We know, from working with many families over the last several years, we have a role to play in bridging the gap between really wonderful families and really wonderful children!
A Family for Every Child Adoption Agency commits to supporting Oregon children and potential parents, throughout the United States, in their search for each other. A Family for Every Child Adoptions partners with DHS and other SNAC agencies to provide families with home studies and updates. We also provide committee representation in Oregon for out-of-state families who have been identified as a prospective match by the Department of Human Services. A Family for Every Child Adoption Agency guides prospective parents through the process of a special needs adoption at all stages!
Other Special Needs Adoption Coalition Member Agencies (SNAC)
Adoption Options, Inc.
18008 NW 61st Ave.
Ridgefield, WA 98642
Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Hood River, Lane, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington and Yamhill.
Adoptions of Southern Oregon, Inc.
10 Crater Lake Ave.
Medford, OR 97405
Coos, Curry, Deshutes, Douglas, Jackson, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake and Lane
All God’s Children International
Bethany Christian Services
5319 SW Westgate Dr., #117
Portland, OR 97221
Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Deshutes, Hood River, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Wasco, Washington, and Yamhill
Boys & Girls Aid
Boys & Girls Aid began in 1885 and remains as the oldest adoption and child welfare agency in Oregon. Over 17,000 adoptions have been completed since the agency was founded. We are a non-profit organization licensed to provide adoption services in Oregon and Washington. Boys & Girls Aid is a founding member of the Child Welfare League of America. As one of the few Oregon agencies accredited by them, we are held to a higher standard than the State of Oregon’s licensing requirements.
018 SW Boundary Ct.
Portland, OR 97239
Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Marion, Multnomah, Linn, Lane, Polk, Washington, Yamhill
Catholic Charities has had a passion and commitment for helping to find loving homes for waiting children in Oregon for more than 20 years. As an agency, we have been involved in the field of adoption since 1903. We serve prospective adoptive SNAC families in the Portland tri-county area and work with families in outlying areas on a case by case basis. Our adoption staff consist of masters-level counselors and social workers, many of whom who are licensed in the State of Oregon. We also have native Spanish-speaking professionals on staff who assist prospective adoptive parents and/or birth parents.
2740 SE Powell Blvd, #7
Portland, OR 97202
Greater Portland and Willamette Valley
Christian Family Adoption
Founded in 1958, Christian Family Adoptions is a nonprofit adoption agency licensed in Oregon and Washington. CFA provides a full range of services to children and families, with the goal of changing the world, one child at a time. CFA has been contracting with Oregon and Washington for over 12 years to place foster children in permanent homes. CFA’s other services include placing infants in adoptive homes and conducting home studies, and post placement supervision, for international and independent adoptions. CFA is a member of the Coalition of Oregon Adoption Agencies which meets monthly to discuss changes in legislature, current trends, policies, licensure and other adoption related issues.
6040 SE Belmont St.
Portland, OR 97215
Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Deschutes, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Washington and Yamhill
HOLT International Children’s Services, Inc.
9320 SW Barbur Blvd., Suite 280
Portland, OR 97219
Baker, Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Coos, Crook, Curry, Deshutes, Douglas, Hood River, Jackson, Jefferson, Josephine, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Morrow, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Washington, and Yamhill
Red Thistle Adoptions
Tree of Life
World Association for Children and Parents (WACAP)
WACAP is a non-profit, domestic and international adoption agency established in 1976. We have placed over 9,600 children in loving homes across the United States and provided humanitarian aid to more than 200,000 children worldwide. WACAP’s domestic special needs adoptions with our US Kids program works with private and public agencies to find permanent adoptive homes for children, of all ages and races, who have entered the child welfare system, as well as provide adoption training and support. Fees are highly subsidized.
PO Box 88948
Seattle, WA 98138
All counties in the state of Oregon