Adoption Services

Considering adoption as an expectant parent?

Exploring an adoption plan at Catholic Charities will be unique to you and your pregnancy.  Our compassionate staff will support you throughout your journey.

If you are considering adoption, our case managers will guide you through the available options, including open adoption or parenting with compassion. We are here to listen, answer your questions, and connect you with helpful resources.

Catholic Charities of Oregon provides support to all members of adoptive families:

  • Independent home studies
  • Certificates of approval
  • Search and reunion support for past Catholic Charities agency adoptions

Expectant Parents

If you explore an adoption plan…

We will provide:

  • Counseling and support
  • Access to pre-qualified adoptive parents
  • Open adoption agreements
  • Case management and resource support

These services are available throughout your pregnancy and after the birth of your child.

Adoptive Parents

As of March 2018, Catholic Charities of Oregon is no longer accepting new adoptive parents for our infant adoption waiting list. If you are interested in becoming an adoptive parent, we are happy to speak with you about the adoption process.

Post-Adoption Registry

The Post-Adoption Registry is available to adoptees, birth mothers, and other eligible family members interested in reuniting with their family members.  The registry is available to adoptees (18+), birth mothers, birth fathers (who signed relinquishment paperwork), and adoptive parents. If the adoptee or birth parent is deceased, other family members may be eligible to register in their place.

Once both parties have registered and a match has been made, Catholic Charities of Oregon will contact both parties and help with sharing identifying information.  We offer counseling to all parties and will assist with the first meeting, if requested.

Non-identifying information is also available to adoptees, birth mothers, and adoptive families.  This information includes any medical, genetic, and social history that was available at the time of the adoption.  It does not include names, birth dates, addresses, or other identifying information.  Please allow 2-3 weeks for the Non-identifying information to be mailed to you.

Vital statistics for Pre-Adoption Birth Certificates 

Contact Preference Form to be attached to Pre-Adoption Birth Certificate

Court of record for sealed adoption record (Measure 623)

Court records are held in the county office in which the adoption was finalized.

Baptismal Records

We maintain the baptismal records from Our Lady of Providence Nursery. If you are in need of your baptismal certificate, please complete this form and mail it to…

Catholic Charities of Oregon
Attn: Baptismal Certificate Request
2740 SE Powell Blvd.
Portland, OR 97202

Please note it usually takes 3-4 weeks to receive your sealed certificate.