2015 ORS 109.315¹
Petition for adoption
  • required contents, requests and exhibits in adoption petitions
  • confidentiality

(1) A petition for adoption of a minor child must be signed by the petitioner and, unless stated in the petition why the information or statement is omitted, must contain the following:

(a) The full name of the petitioner;

(b) The state and length of residency in the state of the petitioner and information sufficient to establish that the residency requirement of ORS 109.309 (Petition for adoption) (2) has been met;

(c) The current marital or domestic partnership status of the petitioner;

(d) An explanatory statement as to why the petitioner is of sufficient ability to bring up the minor child and furnish suitable nurture and education sufficient for judgment to be entered under ORS 109.350 (Judgment of adoption or readoption);

(e) Information sufficient for the court to establish that the petitioner has complied with the jurisdictional and venue requirements of ORS 109.309 (Petition for adoption) (4) and (5);

(f) The full name, gender and date and place of birth of the minor child;

(g) The marital or domestic partnership status of the biological mother at the time of conception, at the date of birth and during the 300 days prior to the date of birth of the minor child;

(h) A statement that the minor child is not an Indian child as defined in the Indian Child Welfare Act (25 U.S.C. 1901 et seq.) or, if the Indian Child Welfare Act applies:

(A) A statement of the efforts to notify the appropriate Indian tribe or tribes of the adoption; and

(B) A statement of the efforts to comply with the placement preferences of the Indian Child Welfare Act or the placement preferences of the appropriate Indian tribe;

(i) The name and relationship to the minor child of any person who has executed a written release or surrender of parental rights or of rights of guardianship of the minor child as provided by ORS 418.270 (Surrender of child to private child-caring agency) and the date of the release or surrender;

(j) The name and relationship to the minor child of any person who has given written consent as required under ORS 109.321 (Consent to adoption), and the date the consent was given;

(k) The name and relationship to the minor child of any person or entity for whom the written consent requirement under ORS 109.321 (Consent to adoption) is waived or not required as provided in ORS 109.322 (Consent of parent with mental illness or intellectual disability), 109.323 (Consent when custody of child has been awarded in divorce proceedings), 109.324 (Consent when parent has deserted or neglected child), 109.325 (Consent by Department of Human Services or approved child-caring agency of this state), 109.326 (Consent when husband not father) and 109.327 (Consent by organization located outside Oregon) or whose written consent may be substituted for the written consent requirement under ORS 109.321 (Consent to adoption) as provided in ORS 109.322 (Consent of parent with mental illness or intellectual disability), 109.323 (Consent when custody of child has been awarded in divorce proceedings), 109.324 (Consent when parent has deserted or neglected child), 109.325 (Consent by Department of Human Services or approved child-caring agency of this state), 109.326 (Consent when husband not father), 109.327 (Consent by organization located outside Oregon), 109.328 (Consent of child 14 years of age or older) and 109.329 (Adoption of person 18 years of age or older or legally married);

(L) The name and relationship to the minor child of all persons who have signed and attested to:

(A) A written certificate of irrevocability and waiver as provided in ORS 109.321 (Consent to adoption) (2); or

(B) A written certificate stating that a release or surrender under ORS 418.270 (Surrender of child to private child-caring agency) (4) shall become irrevocable as soon as the child is placed for the purpose of adoption;

(m) A statement of the facts and circumstances under which the petitioner obtained physical custody of the minor child, including date of placement with the petitioner for adoption and the name and relationship to the minor child of the individual or entity placing the minor child with the petitioner;

(n) The length of time that a minor child has been in the physical custody of the petitioner and, if the minor child is not in the physical custody of the petitioner, the reason why, and the date and manner in which the petitioner will obtain physical custody of the minor child;

(o) Whether a continuing contact agreement exists under ORS 109.305 (Interpretation of adoption laws), including names of the parties to the agreement and date of execution;

(p) A statement establishing that the requirements of ORS 109.353 (Notice of voluntary adoption registry required before judgment entered) regarding advisement about the voluntary adoption registry and the registry’s services have been met;

(q) A statement establishing that the requirements of ORS 109.346 (Adoption-related counseling for birth parent) regarding notice of right to counseling sessions have been met;

(r) A statement that the information required by the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act under ORS 109.701 (Short title) to 109.834 (Severability clause) has been provided in the Adoption Summary and Segregated Information Statement under ORS 109.317 (Adoption Summary and Segregated Information Statement);

(s) A statement that the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children does or does not apply and, if applicable, a statement of the efforts undertaken to comply with the compact;

(t) Unless waived, a statement that a current home study was completed in compliance with ORS 109.309 (Petition for adoption) (7); and

(u) A declaration made under penalty of perjury that the petition, and the information and statements contained in the petition, are true to the best of the petitioner’s knowledge and belief and that the petitioner understands the petition, and information and statements contained in the petition, may be used as evidence in court and are subject to penalty for perjury.

(2) A petition filed under ORS 109.309 (Petition for adoption) must, if applicable, request the following:

(a) Entry of a general judgment of adoption;

(b) That the petitioner be permitted to adopt the minor child as the child of the petitioner for all legal intents and purposes;

(c) A finding that the court has jurisdiction over the adoption proceeding, the parties and the minor child;

(d) With respect to the appropriate persons, the termination of parental rights or a determination of nonpaternity;

(e) Approval of a change to the minor child’s name;

(f) A finding that a continuing contact agreement entered into under ORS 109.305 (Interpretation of adoption laws) is in the best interests of the minor child and that, if the minor child is 14 years of age or older, the minor child has consented to the agreement, and that the court incorporate the continuing contact agreement by reference into the adoption judgment;

(g) That the court require preparation of and certify a report of adoption as provided in ORS 432.223 (Reports of adoption);

(h) That all records, papers and files in the record of the adoption case be sealed as provided under ORS 109.319 (Separate record of the case); and

(i) Any other relief requested by the petitioner.

(3) A petition filed under ORS 109.309 (Petition for adoption) must, if applicable, have the following attached as exhibits:

(a) Any written release or surrender of the minor child for adoption, or a written disclaimer of parental rights;

(b) Any written consent to the adoption;

(c) Any certificate of irrevocability and waiver;

(d) Any continuing contact agreement under ORS 109.305 (Interpretation of adoption laws);

(e) The written disclosure statement required under ORS 109.311 (Financial disclosure statement to be filed with petition); and

(f) Any other supporting documentation necessary to comply with the petition requirements in this section and ORS 109.309 (Petition for adoption).

(4) The petition and documents filed as exhibits under subsection (3) of this section are confidential and may not be inspected or copied except as provided under ORS 109.305 (Interpretation of adoption laws) to 109.410 (Certificate of adoption) and 109.425 (Definitions for ORS 109.425 to 109.507) to 109.507 (Access to Department of Human Services records required).

(5)(a) Within 30 days after being filed with the court, the petitioner shall serve copies of the petition, the documents filed as exhibits under subsection (3) of this section and the Adoption Summary and Segregated Information Statement described in ORS 109.317 (Adoption Summary and Segregated Information Statement), including any amendments and exhibits attached to the statement, on the Director of Human Services by either registered or certified mail with return receipt or personal service.

(b) In the case of an adoption in which one of the child’s biological or adoptive parents retains parental rights, the petitioner shall also serve the petition by either registered or certified mail with return receipt or personal service:

(A) On all persons whose consent to the adoption is required under ORS 109.321 (Consent to adoption) unless the person’s written consent is filed with the court; and

(B) On the parents of the party whose parental rights would be terminated, if the names and addresses are known or may be readily ascertained by the petitioner.

(c) When a parent of the child is deceased or incapacitated, the petitioner shall also serve the petition on the parents of the deceased or incapacitated parent, if the names and addresses are known or may be readily ascertained by the petitioner. As used in this paragraph:

(A) "Incapacitated" means a condition in which a person’s ability to receive and evaluate information effectively or to communicate decisions is impaired to such an extent that the person lacks the capacity to meet the essential requirements for the person’s physical health or safety.

(B) "Meet the essential requirements for the person’s physical health or safety" means those actions necessary to provide health care, food, shelter, clothing, personal hygiene and other care without which serious physical injury or illness is likely to occur.

(d) Service required by this subsection may be waived by the court for good cause. [2013 c.346 §4; 2015 c.511 §1]

Note: Section 14 (1), chapter 511, Oregon Laws 2015, provides:

Sec. 14. (1) Section 6 of this 2015 Act [109.331 (Consenting agency disclosure of county and case number of adoption proceeding)] and the amendments to ORS 109.315 (Petition for adoption), 109.319 (Separate record of the case), 109.321 (Consent to adoption), 109.329 (Adoption of person 18 years of age or older or legally married) and 109.342 (Medical history of child and biological parents required) by sections 1, 3, 4, 10 and 11 of this 2015 Act apply to adoptions commenced before, on or after the effective date of this 2015 Act [June 22, 2015]. [2015 c.511 §14(1)]

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Change of name in public records, (1977) Vol 38, p 945

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Law Review Cita­tions

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1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 109—Parent and Child Rights and Relationships, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors109.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2015, Chapter 109, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano109.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.