Criminal history and child abuse background checks are required for all prospective adoptive parents and adult members of their household. Legal parents are exempted from these background checks.
- For agency adoption and non-related (independent) adoption that require a home study, the adoption agency doing the home study assists in processing the required background checks.
- For other categories of adoption that require these background checks in connection with the request for waiver of the home study, the subject individuals, assisted by their attorney (if applicable), request the criminal background checks on their own. DHS conducts the child protective service (cps) check.
Out-of-State residents requesting these clearances to comply with the Adam Walsh Law and/or the Hague Convention.
Out-of-State residents finalizing adoption in Oregon
- Background checks, including the cps clearance, must come from the state where subject individuals reside at the time of filing the adoption petition in Oregon.
Oregon residents finalizing in Oregon