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 live in Washington, Multnomah, Hood River, Yamhill, Marion or Clackamas counties and are interested in adopting from Oregon’s foster care system, Holt can efficiently guide you through the homestudy process, and authentically represent your family to matching committees and DHS caseworkers in order to best match the strengths of your family to the needs of a child who is waiting for adoption.
Holt’s foster care adoption staff is excited to hear from you! Contact our recruiter at 206.922.1515 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Explore the average length of the adoption process, fees and expenses, parent eligibility and the needs of children waiting for a family.
Children who are in foster care and in need of permanency through adoption can range in age from 8 to 18. Some are part of a sibling group of between two and six children. Children are placed in foster care because they are unable to safely live with their family of origin. They will often have specific histories of abuse, neglect or parents struggling with addiction. These experiences will often result in a multitude of challenges that require unique parenting approaches. Our staff have embraced a parenting approach known as Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)® for working with children from hard places. This evidence-based and trauma-informed model will equip you with the skills you need to parent successfully without compromising emotional connection. We will also apply TBRI as we support both the children placed in your home, and you as you parent.
In Washington state, we work to advocate for children currently waiting for adoption in foster care. Learn more about them through our "A Family for Me” program page.
All children in foster care have a history of complex developmental trauma, and will likely have experienced neglect and/or abuse. As a result, they will have behavioral, emotional or physical needs. Some have also been exposed to drugs and/or alcohol prenatally. We will help you prepare to meet the needs of these children, and identify if there are any needs that you are unable to meet.
Children adopted from foster care will know much of their own history and will have relationships with their birth parents and/or extended family, friends and previous foster parents. It is vital for adoptive parents to be able to recognize and express value for a child’s biological family, as they are a part of each child’s life, reflect their cultural history, and form a significant foundation for their identity. It is important for foster and adoptive parents to maintain a connection with a child’s family of origin, which can take many unique forms. This topic can provoke fear or anxiety at times, but we are here to help you navigate this dynamic and identify a path forward that is both comfortable for you and is in the best interest of the child or children in your care.
The amount of time varies significantly depending on the profile of child you would like to adopt. But the general length of time is one to three years.
The cost to adopt from foster care is $2,250 (plus travel costs and any legal expenses you may incur) with an additional $1,000 for each added year in the program until placement. Some families may be eligible for financial assistance through the state of Oregon DHS or other adoption grants. The adoption tax credit is also available to help offset the cost of adoption.
See the full list of parental eligibility requirements here, including eligibility concerning personal background. We find that the most successful foster and adoptive parents are comfortable with uncertainties and risk, are lifelong learners, committed (yet flexible,) and are willing to ask for help when they need it.
Families may be required to travel in order to transition a child to your home. Unless you are matched with a child who lives in another state, travel will most likely be within the state of Oregon. If matched with a child out of state, you may need to travel to where the child lives.
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.
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.
Once you have gathered information and are ready to move forward, please complete an online application. Once we receive your application and payment, we will reach out to schedule an individual orientation meeting. During this orientation, Holt staff will talk through next steps and answer any outstanding questions you may have before we begin your homestudy assessment.
Either prior to or after applying to adopt from foster care, all applicants must complete the Foundations foster adoption training classes offered through your local DHS branch office or by an alternate organization. We can help you connect with the best option for your training. There will be a few other educational requirements, and we'll help you complete those as needed.
Holt’s foster care & adoption staff will conduct a full assessment of your background, motivation for adopting from foster care, and your readiness to apply what you learned in Foundations training. We will also complete a home safety check. If both you and your social worker agree that you are ready to move forward, you will work together to create a child profile, and your worker will write a homestudy report that will represent you to the state when considering whether to match a child with your family. The homestudy process is a time of mutual assessment, and applicants are not guaranteed an approved homestudy.
We will work with you to find a child whose needs might best be met by your family, then reach out to the child's caseworker on your behalf. Holt will advocate for you to be matched when we determine that placing a child with your family is in the child’s best interest. However, it’s important to acknowledge that state DHS workers make all final placement decisions.
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.
Once a child is placed in your home, your Holt foster care & adoption (FCA) specialist will begin visiting your home to support you in parenting, will help problem-solve and identify resources, will serve as a liaison between your family and Oregon DHS, and will coach you as you implement the TBRI® model in parenting children from hard places. During this placement period, prior to the finalization of adoption, the child will join your family as a foster care placement, which will bring several new people and rules into your life. This status also qualifies you to receive monthly reimbursements from the state to help with the increased costs of parenting a child while in foster care. Your Holt FCA specialist will also be submitting required reports to DHS throughout the duration of the foster care placement.
Depending on the progress of each child’s legal case, you will soon be preparing to finalize an adoption. We will help you understand how to negotiate for adoption assistance, if needed, and will help you assist your child through this profound transition. We will be available to update your homestudy, if required by the court. You will need to hire an adoption attorney to represent your family in the court finalization hearing. Even after the adoption is finalized, we will continue to be a resource and source of support for you in whatever ways you need.
If you would like to learn more, consider attending one of Holt's foster care & adoption info meetings. Our staff will walk you through the types of homes needed by children, why children enter the foster care system, the process for children and for families, program fees, and next steps. To attend, please see the upcoming dates below and RSVP by emailing or calling us.
For more information, please contact Melissa Reese at 206.922.1515 or email@example.com.
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