2015 ORS 109.425¹
Definitions for ORS 109.425 to 109.507

As used in ORS 109.425 (Definitions for ORS 109.425 to 109.507) to 109.507 (Access to Department of Human Services records required):

(1) "Adoptee" means a person who has been adopted in the State of Oregon.

(2) "Adoption" means the judicial act of creating the relationship of parent and child where it did not exist previously.

(3) "Adoptive parent" means an adult who has become a parent of a child through adoption.

(4) "Adult" means a person 18 years of age or older.

(5) "Agency" means any public or private organization licensed or authorized under the laws of this state to place children for adoption.

(6) "Birth parent" means:

(a) The man or woman who is legally presumed under the laws of this state to be the father or mother of genetic origin of a child; and

(b) A putative father of the child if the birth mother alleges he is the father and the putative father, by written affidavit or surrender and release executed within three years of the relinquishment of the child by the birth mother or the termination of parental rights of the birth mother, acknowledges being the child’s biological father.

(7) "Department" means the Department of Human Services.

(8)(a) "Genetic and social history" means a comprehensive report, when obtainable, of the health status and medical history of the birth parents and other persons related to the child.

(b) The genetic and social history may contain as much of the following as is available:

(A) Medical history;

(B) Health status;

(C) Cause of and age at death;

(D) Height, weight, eye and hair color;

(E) Ethnic origins; and

(F) Religion, if any.

(c) The genetic and social history may include the health status and medical history of:

(A) The birth parents;

(B) A putative father, if any;

(C) Siblings to the birth parents, if any;

(D) Siblings to a putative father, if any;

(E) Other children of either birth parent, if any;

(F) Other children of a putative father, if any;

(G) Parents of the birth parents; and

(H) Parents of a putative father, if any.

(9) "Guardian" means a person appointed by a court as guardian of a minor under ORS chapter 125 or the laws of any other state.

(10) "Health history" means a comprehensive report, when obtainable, of the child’s health status and medical history at the time of placement for adoption, including neonatal, psychological, physiological and medical care history.

(11) "Minor" means a person under 18 years of age.

(12) "Progeny" means the children or descendants of a person and the person’s descendants in successive generations.

(13) "Putative father" means a man who, under the laws of this state, is not legally presumed to be the father of genetic origin of a child, but who claims or is alleged to be the father of genetic origin of the child.

(14) "Registry" means a voluntary adoption registry established under ORS 109.450 (Child placement agency to maintain registry).

(15) "Successor agency" means an agency which has the adoption records of another agency because of the merger of the agency and the successor agency or because a former agency has ceased doing business and has given its adoption records to the successor agency as provided in ORS 109.435 (Adoption records to be permanently maintained) (2). [1983 c.672 §2; 1989 c.372 §1; 1993 c.410 §1; 1995 c.79 §39; 1995 c.730 §7; 1997 c.130 §3; 1997 c.442 §1; 2001 c.900 §14; 2015 c.200 §1]

Note: 109.425 (Definitions for ORS 109.425 to 109.507) to 109.507 (Access to Department of Human Services records required) and 109.990 (Penalty) (2) were enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but were not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 109 by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

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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.