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How to Finalize Your Adoption in Oregon

The final stage of the adoption process in Oregon is finalization. In this stage, your child will receive his or her final decree of adoption, and they’ll legally become a permanent part of your family.

If you haven't started the adoption process yet, but want to, you can fill out our free online form or call 1-800-ADOPTION to start your adoption in Oregon journey.

How to Finalize Your Adoption in Oregon 

After your child is first placed with your family and before the adoption finalization in Oregon can occur, there are a few things that will need to take place first:

Once those three steps have been completed, you’ll be contacted by your OR adoption attorney about scheduling your Oregon adoption finalization hearing. This hearing is typically scheduled to take place at least six months after the initial placement, and is held in your local county courthouse according to adoption jurisdiction laws.

Your Oregon Adoption Finalization Hearing

Adoption finalization hearings generally only last about 20 to 60 minutes and are very straightforward. At the end of the finalization hearing, the judge will issue your child’s Oregon final decree of adoption, which is the final step in the Oregon adoption process.

The following will usually happen at your child’s Oregon adoption finalization hearing:

Step 1: You and your adoption attorney will be sworn in before the judge.

Step 2: The judge may ask you questions about why you wanted to adopt and your ability to provide a good and safe home for your child.

Step 3: The judge may ask your adoption attorney and/or social worker some questions about the adoption or how your child has been adjusting since placement.

Step 4: The judge will sign the final decree of adoption and may offer to let you take a family photo.

Most adoptive families see the adoption finalization as a chance to celebrate their first moments together as a legally-recognized family. Some people host a party after the finalization hearing or take a photo together to remember the day. When a child’s adoption is finalized, it’s often the end of one journey and the beginning of another!

After Securing Your Child’s Final Decree of Adoption in Oregon

Once you’ve received the final decree of adoption in Oregon, you can file for your child’s amended birth certificate and their social security card. This can take several weeks or months to process.

Although adoption finalization is the final legal step of the adoption process, adoption is an ongoing, lifelong process of emotional exploration for everyone involved. Continuing a dialogue about adoption with your child from day one is recommended to grow closer as a family and to encourage them to strengthen their sense of identity.

For any questions, post-placement support, help facilitating communication with your child’s birth family or anything else, you can always call your specialist at American Adoptions. You can also learn more about the adoption process in Oregon with our agency by calling 1-800-ADOPTION now.

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