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Oregon Adoption Laws

Adoption can be a cheerful occasion and an opportunity to expand your family. It can also be a legally complex and potentially confusing one as well, due to some of the statutory requirements surrounding the adoption process. State laws define who can adopt, who can be adopted, and how one can adopt.

Read on to learn more about Oregon adoption laws.

Adoption Laws in Oregon

State adoption laws can vary from state to state, and it is important to know which regulations apply to where you live. The details of Oregon's adoption statutes are listed in the chart below.

Code Section

Oregon Revised Statutes § 109.266, et seq.: Adoption

Who May Be Adopted

Any person; any adult who consents

Age that Child's Consent Needed

14 years and older

Who May Adopt

Any person who is a resident of Oregon for 6 months. If the petitioner is married, the spouse must join. Compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act is required if applicable.

Home Residency Required Prior to Finalization of Adoption?

Child must live in OR for at least 6 months

State Agency/Court

Dept. of Human Services/Probate or Circuit

Statute of Limitations to Challenge

1 year

Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

Related Resources for Adoption Laws

State standards and regulations concerning adoption can be complex and are subject to change. You can visit FindLaw's Adoption Laws section to review some of these laws and get a more general overview in our Adoption section.

Get Legal Help With an Adoption

Adoption can be a complicated process. There are many state and federal laws that govern adoption. An attorney will help you navigate these laws. They will help review your case, provide helpful legal advice, and advocate for you and your future child.

If you would like legal assistance with an adoption case, you can find an experienced Oregon adoption attorney in your area to schedule a consultation.

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