Special Needs Adoption

Oregon’s Special Needs Adoption Coalition

The Special Needs Adoption Coalition (SNAC) of Oregon is housed at and administered by Boys and Girls Aid. The Coalition is composed of several private adoption agencies who work cooperatively with the state agency (Department of Human Resources) to locate potential adoptive families for older (non-infant) children in state custody. The member agencies significantly reduce fees for this program, and fees are fully refundable if the adoption is completed. The Coalition publishes Family Matters, Oregon’s free monthly special needs adoption newsletter, featuring profiles of “waiting children”. The Coalition provides a monthly orientation meeting and regular pre-adoption classes. Oregon is proud of this nationally recognized public-private partnership which has successfully increased the adoption opportunities for foster children since 1986. Persons from any part of Oregon and Southwest Washington are encouraged to contact SNAC to learn more.