2013 ORS § 109.502¹
Search for birth parents, putative father or genetic siblings
  • who may initiate
  • information required
  • fee

(1)(a) An adult adoptee or the adoptive parent of a minor or deceased adoptee may request that the Department of Human Services or the Oregon licensed adoption agency that facilitated the adoption conduct a search for the adoptees birth parents, putative father or, except as otherwise provided in ORS 109.504 (Effect on subsequent searches when person sought in initial search refuses contact) (1), for the adoptees genetic siblings.

(b) A birth parent, an adult genetic sibling of an adoptee or the parent or adult sibling of a deceased birth parent may request the department or the Oregon licensed adoption agency that facilitated the adoption to conduct a search for an adult adoptee whom the birth parent relinquished for adoption.

(c) A person requesting a search under paragraph (a) or (b) of this subsection shall direct the request for the search to the Oregon licensed adoption agency that facilitated the adoption. If the Oregon licensed adoption agency that facilitated the adoption is not conducting searches or has not been authorized by the department to conduct searches, the person shall direct the request to the department.

(2) At the time of a request to conduct a search under this section, the requester shall provide the department or the Oregon licensed adoption agency that facilitated the adoption with such information as the department or the Oregon licensed adoption agency requires. The person requesting the search must be registered with a registry established under ORS 109.450 (Child placement agency to maintain registry).

(3)(a) If the person has requested the department to conduct a search, upon payment by the requester of a fee established by rule under ORS 109.506 (Rulemaking), the department shall instruct an Oregon licensed adoption agency to conduct the search.

(b) If the Oregon licensed adoption agency that facilitated the adoption meets the standards established by rule under ORS 109.506 (Rulemaking), upon payment by the requester of a fee established by rule under ORS 109.506 (Rulemaking), the Oregon licensed adoption agency shall conduct the search. [1993 c.410 §3; 1995 c.730 §12; 1997 c.442 §9]

Note: See note under 109.425 (Definitions for ORS 109.425 and 109.435 to 109.507).