ORS 418.330¹
Payments to adoptive parents or guardians
  • conditions
  • limitations

(1) As used in this section:

(a) “Child” means:

(A) A person under 18 years of age;

(B) A person under 21 years of age if the Department of Human Services determines that the person has a mental or physical disability that warrants the continuation of assistance; or

(C) A person who has attained 18 years of age and:

(i) On whose behalf payments under this section were received prior to the person attaining 18 years of age, provided the person was at least 16 years of age at the time the payments commenced;

(ii) Has not attained 21 years of age; and

(iii)(I) Is completing secondary education or a program leading to an equivalent credential;

(II) Is enrolled in an institution or program that provides post-secondary or vocational education;

(III) Is participating in a program or activity designed to promote, or remove barriers to, employment;

(IV) Is employed for at least 80 hours per month; or

(V) Is incapable of doing any of the activities described in sub-sub-subparagraphs (I) to (IV) of this sub-subparagraph due to a medical condition, which incapability is supported by regularly updated documentation.

(b) “Child-caring agency” means:

(A) A child-caring agency as defined in ORS 418.205 (Definitions for ORS 418.205 to 418.327, 418.470, 418.475, 418.950 to 418.970 and 418.992 to 418.998); and

(B) For a child who has attained 18 years of age, an independent residence facility established or certified under ORS 418.475 (Independent residence facilities) in which the child resides as an enrollee in an independent living program.

(c) “Nonrecurring adoption or guardianship expenses” means reasonable and necessary adoption or guardianship fees, court costs, attorney fees and other expenses that are directly related to the adoption of, or establishment of a guardianship for, a child with special needs and that are not incurred in violation of state or federal law.

(2) The department may make payments to adoptive parents or guardians on behalf of a child placed for adoption or establishment of a guardianship by the department, or placed for adoption by an approved child-caring agency, when the department determines:

(a) The child has special needs because of an impediment to adoptive placement or establishment of a guardianship by reason of the child’s physical or mental condition, race, age, or membership in a sibling group; or

(b) The adoptive family or guardian is capable of providing the permanent family relationships needed by the child in all respects other than financial, and the needs of the child are beyond the economic ability and resources of the family.

(3) Payments to subsidize adoptions or guardianships made under subsection (2) of this section:

(a) Shall include payment of nonrecurring adoption or guardianship expenses incurred by or on behalf of adoptive parents or guardians in connection with the adoption of, or establishment of a guardianship for, a child with special needs;

(b) May include, but are not limited to, the maintenance costs, medical and surgical expenses, and other costs incidental to the care, training and education of the child;

(c) May not exceed the cost of providing comparable assistance in foster care; and

(d) May not be made:

(A) For a child who has not attained 18 years of age, when the adoptive parents or guardians are no longer legally responsible for the support of the child; or

(B) When the child is no longer receiving any support from the adoptive parents or guardians.

(4) Adoptive parents or guardians receiving payments under subsection (2) of this section shall inform the department of circumstances that would make the adoptive parents or guardians:

(a) Ineligible to receive the payments; or

(b) Eligible to receive the payments in a different amount. [1971 c.129 §§1,2; 2011 c.141 §1; 2015 c.840 §16]

Chapter 418

Notes of Decisions

Where plaintiffs brought ac­tion under 42 U.S.C. 1983 alleging viola­tion of federal civil rights after defendant Children’s Services Division employees removed plaintiffs’ child from home following reports of abuse, CSD workers entitled to absolute immunity in investiga­tion, taking child into custody and keeping plaintiffs from visiting child. Tennyson v. Children’s Services Division, 308 Or 80, 775 P2d 1365 (1989)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 418—Child Welfare Services, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors418.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 418, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano418.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
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