An adoption agency is expanding into Eastern Oregon.
A New Beginning Pregnancy Services and Adoption Agency, based in Boise, is now licensed to provide services in Oregon and counselors are willing to travel as far east as Umatilla County to meet with women facing unplanned pregnancies and families looking to adopt.
“We are working on a plan to open some office space in Eastern Oregon, probably in the next 12-18 months,” marketing director Tina Kierce said.
She said the organization works with women experiencing “crisis pregnancies” to provide support and educate them on their options.
“Counselors will help those in a crisis pregnancy review their options and make a plan in a comfortable, non-judgmental and caring environment,” according to a news release.
Those services are “always free and confidential and available 24/7.” The agency can be reached via crisis hotline at 208-985-5617 and counselors will travel to follow up with the callers in person.
A New Beginning also provides adoption services to help women place their baby for adoption, help families adopt children from the United States, help facilitate international adoptions and help find permanent adoptive homes for foster children who will not return to their biological parents.
Kierce said the agency has already received two referrals for women in Oregon who were considering adoption.
“We already did travel (to Oregon) multiple times to make sure mom and baby were safe,” she said.
Women in Umatilla County who have struggled with an unplanned pregnancy have been served by Pregnancy Care Services, with offices in Hermiston and Pendleton, to discuss their options.
Hermiston director Debbie Cissna said Pregnancy Care Services has worked with Bethany Christian, an international adoption agency, in the past when women decide to choose adoption over abortion or raising the child.
She said the nonprofit would welcome an opportunity to work with A New Beginning and it “would be great to have a local option for our clients who choose adoption.”
Kierce said forming partnerships with already-established local nonprofits like Pregnancy Care Services will be “absolutely key” in working with local women and girls.
More information about A New Beginning Pregnancy Services and Adoption Agency can be found online at adoptanewbeginning.org.
Contact Jade McDowell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-564-4536.