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Many children in Oregon need a permanent home. You can
adopt a child from foster care or through a
non-departmental adoption. Adoptive parents have permanent, legal parental rights and responsibilities.
Guardianship is an alternative to adoption for relatives providing foster care.
The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) oversees the adoption process for children in foster care and administers programs to help with adoption and guardianship expenses. We can also help people find their birth families. We contract with certain licensed, private adoption agencies to complete placement reports for private and independent adoptions. We also receive copies of all adoption petitions filed in Oregon courts and determine when home study or placement reports are waived, according to Oregon law.
programs that can help families pay for their child's medical care, special needs or legal fees related to adoption or guardianship.
Learn about non-departmental adoptions of children who are not in foster care in Oregon. This may include re-adoption, independent adoption (step-children, relative adoptions, etc.) private agency adoption and out-of-state public agency adoption.
Adoption Search and Registry program may be able to help you find your birth family or a person adopted in Oregon.
A Family for Every Child Dedicated to finding loving, permanent families for every waiting foster child.
Boys and Girls AidCommitted to ensuring every child grows up with a family of their own.
Northwest Adoption Exchange (NWAE) Stories and photos of northwest children waiting for adoption.
Oregon Foster Parent Association Provides support, advocacy and training for foster, adoptive and relative parents.
Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center (ORPARC) Serves families who adopt children in the custody of the state.
AdoptUSKidsNational foster care adoption information.
International AdoptionInformation from the U.S. State Department.
North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)One of the most comprehensive resources on adoption.
Families that adopt are as diverse as the children who need homes. Each has their own life experiences, education, income, occupations and lifestyles. The most important thing is to be ready to make a commitment to love and care for a child.
It may take from four to six months for the training, homestudy (family assessment) and criminal history check to be completed. It could take up to a year or longer for a child to live with you depending on your personal circumstances and the child you want to adopt. Families that want a younger child usually wait longer than families open to older children, sibling groups, or children with disabilities.
Children that need an adoptive home are like any other children. They come in all ages, shapes and sizes and have their own personalities, interests and potential. Many may need some extra support, sometimes due to abuse and neglect or sometimes due to the grief of losing their families.
Many children waiting for a home are:
If the adopted child has special needs that cost
more than what the family can afford, they may qualify for the Adoption
Yes, you can adopt a minor who is your family member.
Get information about Private and Independent (Non-Departmental) adoptions.
You can adopt an adult. ODHS is not involved in those adoptions. An attorney can give
you more information on how to complete an adult adoption.
You can find an
attorney through the Oregon State
There are three types of adoptions:
Get more information about
Private and Independent (Non-Departmental) adoptions.
Adoption is a commitment for life and a way to help children feel loved
and safe as part of a family. Adoptive parents have permanent legal rights and responsibilities. This
means they are responsible for these children as if they were their own biological children.
These children also need parents who can:
For more information about the adoption process you can review our Step-by-Step Adoption Guide. You can also contact a local ODHS Child Welfare office or a Special Needs Adoption Coalition (SNAC) agency:
If you are considering adopting a child in foster care and want more information or help starting the process, connect with a local ODHS Child Welfare office or Special Needs Adoption Coalition (SNAC) agency.
Sometimes children in foster care can't be safely returned home. In these cases, an adoption plan is possible. Adoption can help these children feel loved, safe and part of a family. Visit one of the websites below to see some of the children in Oregon who are waiting for adoption.
If you are an ODHS worker, licensed private adoption agency or family with an approved home study, you can log in to the
Oregon Adoption Resource Exchange to see all of Oregon's waiting children. You need to be
preauthorized to use this website.
Adoptive Parent Information: Call 800-331-0503 or
contact us online
Central Office Permanency Program: 500 Summer St NE, E71, Salem, OR 97301-1067
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