only adoptions handled by ASUO Legal Services are stepparent adoptions.
There are a number of costs and fees associated with the adoption
process: criminal records check, $10 each; Lane County Circuit Court
filing fee, $100.00; Health Division (for a new birth certificate if
the child was born in Oregon), $50.00; various certified mailings,
approximately $10; and document preparation fee, $30.00.
If the natural parent refuses or does not sign a consent to the
adoption, he or she is entitled to notice of the proceedings and an
opportunity to object to the adoption before his or her parental rights
are terminated. In the event that natural parent cannot be located, a
citation (notice of the adoption) must be published in a newspaper,
usually at a minimum cost of $250.
The Department of Human Services for Children, Adults and Families has
the option of conducting a home study. If the petition is to adopt a
stepchild, or if one of the petitioners is the grandparent, aunt,
uncle, or adult sibling of the child, each adoptive applicant and all
members of the applicant's household who are over 18 years of age must
submit to a current Oregon criminal records check. After successful
completion of the criminal records check, the home study may be waived
The child's name may be changed during the adoption process.
There is a 90-day waiting period to finalize an adoption in Oregon. The
time starts from the date the petition is served on Services to
Children and Families. Often, the Department of Human Services waives
the remainder of the waiting period if requested to do so.
The child's grandparents must be served with the petition for adoption
if their names and addresses are known or may be readily determined.
They then are given an opportunity to establish a visitation schedule
with the child.
This information is not intended to provide legal advice. Any
incidental fee-paying University of Oregon student who has questions
about stepparent adoptions may call ASUO Legal Services at 541-346-4273
arrange an appointment.
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