2015 ORS § 109.502¹
Search for birth parents, putative father, genetic siblings or county where adoption finalized
  • who may initiate
  • information required
  • fee

(1)(a) An adult adoptee or the adoptive parent of a minor or deceased adoptee may request the Department of Human Services or the Oregon licensed adoption agency that facilitated the adoption to 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) (2), for the adoptees genetic siblings, or for the county in which an adoption was finalized.

(b)(A) Except as provided in subparagraph (B) of this paragraph, 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.

(B) A birth parent may request a search for an adult adoptee only if the adult adoptee does not have any genetic siblings in the same adoptive family as the adult adoptees adoptive family who are under 18 years of age.

(c) A birth parent may request and, in the discretion of the department or the Oregon licensed adoption agency that facilitated the adoption, the department or agency may conduct a search for the county in which the adoption was finalized.

(d) A person requesting a search under paragraph (a) or (b) of this subsection:

(A) Must be registered with a registry unless the request is only to search for the county in which an adoption was finalized; and

(B) Shall direct the request for the search to the Oregon licensed adoption agency that facilitated the adoption or, if unknown, to the department. If the Oregon licensed adoption agency that facilitated the adoption is not conducting searches or is not authorized by the department to conduct searches, the person shall direct the request to the department.

(2) The department or an agency may delegate to or contract with a third party individual or entity to conduct searches under this section.

(3) 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:

(a) Such information as the department or the Oregon licensed adoption agency requires; and

(b) Payment of a fee established by rule under ORS 109.506 (Rulemaking). [1993 c.410 §3; 1995 c.730 §12; 1997 c.442 §9; 2015 c.200 §10]

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