Types of adoption
If you are thinking about adopting, you have the option of adopting a child living in foster care who has become free for adoption, adopting an infant through a private agency or attorney, or adopting a child from another country. Families also adopt their stepchildren or relatives through a family law attorney.
Adoption in Oregon
Foster care adoption - When children cannot be safely returned home to their parents, an adoption plan is possible. Some children are placed with other family members or non-related adults with whom they have a significant attachment. Foster families may also choose to adopt the child in their care once the child is freed for adoption. Sometimes none of these options are available and a new family is found for the child.
Private infant adoption - Since most children living in foster care who are available for adoption are school aged, families seeking to adopt a baby are encouraged to contact a private infant adoption agency licensed by the state. These agencies work with birthparent(s) who choose to place their newborn infant with an adoptive family.
Independent adoption - Many families make plans to adopt their stepchildren, relatives, friends, or neighbors. Consult a family law attorney for more information.