DHS Child Welfare Adoption Program

Uniqueness of DHS Child Welfare Adoption vs. Private Adoption

Seven Important Oregon Adoption Facts

  1. Last year, more than 1,000 children had adoptions finalized through DHS -- 77 percent were adopted by relatives or non-relative foster parents.
  2. Another 1,200 children were adopted in Oregon through private adoption agencies.
  3. More than half of the children who were adopted had siblings who were also adopted during the year, most often by the same family.
  4. Oregon continues to need adoptive homes for older children, children of color and sibling groups. Finalized adoptions were about evenly split between boys and girls.
  5. Children who are adopted come from all areas of the state, and each DHS district has specialized staff that assist with the adoption process.
  6. Adoption is a way to give children the kind of security and love they need, and adoptive parents have permanent, legal parental rights and responsibilities to the children they adopt.
  7. You can be single, married, or domestic partners; you can live in a house or apartment, but must have room to house a child. You can work inside or outside the home, and you must be at least 21 years of age or older. You must have sufficient income to support your family, and you must be able to physically care for a child.  You must pass a child abuse and criminal background check.

Adoption Resources

ORPARC (Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center)

(800) 764 - 8367
(503) 241 - 0799

SNAC (Special Needs Adoption Coalition)

(880) 342 - 6688

NWAE (Northwest Adoption Exchange)

COAA (Coalition of Oregon Adoption Agencies)

Becoming a Parent

Department of Human Services, Child Welfare
4600 25th St. NE Suite 110 Salem OR, 97301
(503) 378 - 6800
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