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Types of Adoption

Just as every child’s story and situation is unique, there are different types of adoption. Some forms of adoption may be more suitable for certain families or situations than others. It’s important to consider which type of adoption is right for your family and to seek services that support your understanding of the emotional complexities in adoption and how to best meet your future child’s needs. Visit the Child Welfare Information Gateway to learn more about pathways to adoption.


​Prospective adoptive families represent a diversity of backgrounds, lifestyles and identities.

  • 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.

  • You must be at least 21 years of age or older.

  • You must have sufficient income to support your family.

  • You must be able to physically care for a child.

  • You must pass a child abuse and criminal background check.

  • Applicants are considered regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.


Specific requirements vary and should be discussed with your agency of choice. To learn more, begin exploring member agencies and visit Oregon Department of Human Services’ Adoption Services home page

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