Who May Adopt, Be Adopted, or Place a Child for Adoption - Oregon

Date: January 2020

Who May Adopt

Citation: Rev. Stat. § 109.309

Any person may petition to adopt another person as long as at least one party in the proceeding has resided in Oregon continuously for a period of 6 months prior to the date of the petition.

In a proceeding for the adoption of a minor child, a current home study must be approved by either the Department of Human Services or an Oregon licensed adoption agency for the purpose of demonstrating that the petitioner meets the minimum standards for adoptive homes as set forth in the department's administrative rules.

Who May Be Adopted

Citation: Rev. Stat. § 109.309

The following persons may be adopted:

  • A minor child
  • An adult

The adoption shall comply with the Indian Child Welfare Act (25 U.S.C. § 1901, et seq.), if applicable.

Who May Place a Child for Adoption

Citation: Rev. Stat. §§ 109.321; 109.325

The following persons may consent to an adoptive placement:

  • A parent
  • A relative or guardian of the child to be adopted
  • A licensed adoption or child-caring agency
  • The Department of Human Services