Oregon Foster Care Adoption

When a child in Oregon foster care cannot be safely reunited with his or her family, we seek to find for them a loving, permanent family through adoption. Many of these children have come from hard beginnings, and they need the stability, care and support that adoption can offer.

If you are interested in adopting from Oregon's foster care system, Holt can efficiently guide you through the homestudy process, and authentically advocate for you so that matching committees fully understand all of the strengths your family has to offer a waiting child.

Why Choose Holt?


Personalized Care and Guidance

We take a caring and personalized approach with each of our families. Our professional staff will get to know you and your family as they guide you through every step of this process.


Accelerated Process

Once you are ready to move forward with adoption, a Holt social worker will help you to thoroughly and efficiently complete your homestudy. Through Holt, your homestudy can be finalized within several months, whereas through Oregon DHS the homestudy process can take much longer.


Individualized Advocacy

Because we know you and your family well, we are able to professionally and authentically advocate for you during an adoption committee process, in which a group of adoption professionals come together to choose the most suitable family for a specific child from among several eligible families.


Post Adoption Support

Recognizing that adoption has a lifelong impact that often requires additional support and resources, we are committed to supporting your entire family through ongoing, adoption-competent parenting resources, counseling and adoptee services.

Start Your Adoption Journey

Holt’s foster care adoption workers are excited to hear from you! Contact Holly Berry at 805-290-0130 or hollyb@holtinternational.org.


Explore the average length of the adoption process, fees and expenses, parent eligibility and the needs of children waiting for a family.

Oregon Adoption Questions

The Adoption Process

Adopting a child from the foster care system can take varying paths and lengths of time. While most adoptions are finalized between one and three years, the timeframe really depends on the profile of child you decide to pursue. Below is a general timeline and process for adopting a child through the state foster care system. We will be with you every step of the way to ensure that this process goes as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

  • Gather Information

    After you reach out to us, the first step will be for us to get to know your family and the profile of child you are interested in adopting. We will answer your questions and help you determine if this is the right adoption path for you.

  • Apply

    Once you have gathered information and are ready to move forward, please contact one of our adoption workers to complete a Holt application in order to officially apply to adopt through Oregon’s foster care system.

  • Complete the Foundations Foster/Adoptive Parent Training

    After applying to become either foster or adoptive parents, all families must complete the Foundations foster adoption training classes offered through your local DHS branch office or other certified training facility in Oregon. This is the process for becoming an approved foster/adoptive family in the State of Oregon.

  • Complete Homestudy

    Your adoption worker will conduct assessments, interviews and home safety checks and you will attend child-specific trainings in order to complete your homestudy.

  • Matching Process

    We will work to identify the waiting child or children who would be a good match for your family. Your adoption worker will reach out to the child's caseworker on your behalf.

  • Committee

    Once a child has been matched with up to three eligible families, a committee of child welfare professionals decides which family is best able to care for the particular child and meet his or her needs. Your Holt adoption worker will present your family to the committee and advocate for you as the committee determines which family is most suitable.

  • Finalization

    When a committee determines you to be the most suitable match for a child, Holt will help you through the placement process as the adoption is finalized. In the months to follow, we will provide mandatory reports to the state on how the child is adjusting in your family. Even after the adoption is finalized, we will continue to be a resource and source of support for you in whatever ways you need.

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