Couples and individuals considering adoption often wonder what local resources, services and professionals are available to them. Whether you are facing an unplanned pregnancy or are interested in growing your family through adoption, this guide provides the information you need about Portland adoption agencies, home study providers and more.
Adoption Agencies and Adoption Professionals in Portland
Adoption agencies can be great resources for local adoption information. For birth parents and adoptive families who would prefer to work with a local or regional agency, these professionals can provide detailed information about adoption in Portland:
Become a Foster Parent in Portland
If you are considering becoming a foster parent or adding to your family through foster care adoption, these local agencies and resources can provide information about foster care in Portland:
Additional foster care information and resources are available on our state adoption information
page or through the Oregon Department of Human Services.
Portland Home Study Services
Regardless of the adoption or foster care professional you choose to work with, you will need to complete an Oregon home study before a child can be placed in your care. This process ensures that you are ready to provide a safe and stable home for a child and provides prospective parents with additional information about the foster care or adoption process.
Information about the home study process is available on our Adoption in Oregon
page. The following home study providers can provide additional information about completing the home study in your area:
- All God’s Children
All God’s Children International is licensed to perform home studies in Oregon for families adopting through any adoption agency.
- Holt International
Holt International provides home study and post-placement services for families in Oregon.
- Christian Family Adoptions
Christian Family Adoptions offers home study and post-placement services for independent adoptions, infant adoptions and state foster care adoption programs in Oregon.
Visit 1800HomeStudy.com to learn more about Oregon home study
Hospitals in Portland
When the time comes to finally meet the new baby, a hospital plan will be in place to determine who is in the delivery room when the baby is born, how much time the birth and adoptive parents will spend with the new baby, and more.
If you are a prospective birth mother, you will create a hospital plan that details your desires for your hospital stay. Your adoption professional can coordinate with the delivery hospital to make them aware of your hospital plan.
Find more information about some Portland-area maternity hospitals below:
Adoption Laws and Qualifications
For prospective birth parents and adoptive families in Portland, it may be helpful to understand some Oregon adoption laws, qualifications and processes.
Our Oregon adoption
page includes information about the most important state adoption laws and regulations. Below, find an overview of some of the state laws impacting adoptive and birth parents.
Laws for Birth Parents:
If you are considering an adoption plan for your baby, the primary legal process in adoption is consent. Learn more about consent and relinquishment, establishment of paternity and more on our Adoption in Oregon
Laws for Adoptive Parents:
There are many laws in place for adoptive parents in Oregon, from eligibility requirements to allowable expenses to use of advertising and more. Find the information you need about Oregon adoption laws and regulations here.
An essential step in the legal adoption process is finalization, which must be completed in court. If you are adopting in Portland, Oregon, find additional information about your local court system:
Things to do in Portland
If you find yourself in the Portland area during the adoption process, either to meet with prospective birth parents or to wait for ICPC paperwork to be processed, be sure to take advantage of all the city has to offer: