We want to thank Haley Rush for reaching out to us, Choice Adoptions, to investigate the status of infant adoptions in Oregon. While birth rates, abortion rates, and adoption rates are all down, the travesty is that the number of children, including infants, who are entering the foster care system continues its steady climb.

Open Adoptions in Oregon and Washington with Choice AdoptionsWe are working hard at Choice to raise awareness in our culture that all moms –pregnant and parenting moms, as well as those who may have just delivered their baby — have the right to make an adoption plan with a private agency if they are in danger of having that child go into foster care. As long as parental rights have not been terminated, it’s a choice that will greatly reduce the pain a mother experiences when she just cannot parent. It’s  a choice that cushions the devastating heartbreak of not knowing who your child is with once they have been taken into state custody. At Choice, we offer open adoptions, meaning that the birthparents can choose an adoptive family they love and stay in a loving relationship with their baby and the adoptive parents forever.

As a culture, let us not underestimate the destruction that growing up in foster care causes to individuals and to society. Baby Ethan, who you meet in this video, knows both his birthparents and sees them regularly. He knows he is loved by all of his parents, and Katy and Austin know that this is what he needs in order to grow into an amazing human who is going to make a positive impact on the world.
It is completely within our power to break the cycles of homelessness, teen pregnancy, unemployment, and incarceration that growing up can sometimes cause. It’s within our power to keep more children out of foster care, so let’s do it.