Use of Advertising and Facilitators in Adoptive Placements - Oregon

Date: July 2020

Use of Advertisement

Citation: Rev. Stat. § 109.311(4)

It is unlawful for any person to advertise a child offered or wanted for adoption or to advertise that the person is able to place, locate, dispose of, or receive a child for adoption. The provisions of this section do not apply to:

  • The State Office for Services to Children and Families or a licensed Oregon adoption agency or an agent, employee, or person with whom the Office or adoption agency has a contract authorizing such actions
  • A person who has completed a home study and has received a favorable recommendation regarding the fitness of the person to be an adoptive parent or the person's attorney or uncompensated agent

Nothing in this section prohibits an attorney licensed to practice in Oregon from advertising the attorney's availability to provide services related to the adoption of children.

The word 'advertise' means to communicate by newspaper, radio, television, handbills, placards or other print, or broadcast or electronic media that originates with the State.

Use of Intermediaries/Facilitators

Citation: Rev. Stat. § 109.311(3)

A person may not charge, accept, pay, or offer to pay a fee for locating a minor child for adoption or for locating another person to adopt a minor child, except that Oregon licensed adoption agencies may charge reasonable fees for services provided by them.