Adoption Services

We encourage all expectant parents considering adoption to call us. Even if you’re unsure, Catholic Charities can provide you the care, compassion, and support you deserve throughout your pregnancy to help you feel empowered in your decision.

About our program

Catholic Charities is licensed by the State of Oregon Department of Human Services as a Child Caring Agency that works with expectant and prospective adoptive parents who live in Oregon. We offer adoption services throughout Oregon based on an ongoing agreement with the Bishop of Baker Diocese.

Expectant Parents

We are here to listen, answer your questions, and support you in making the best decision possible for you and your unborn child. We will also encourage you to include your support network in this decision-making process.

If you’re interested in adoption, or unsure about your next step, our case managers will guide you through the available options, including open adoption or parenting with compassion.

All our prospective adoptive families have received a minimum of ten hours of adoption education, passed background checks, and completed a comprehensive family assessment.

Expectant parents have access to these resources through Catholic Charities:
  • Counseling and support, whether she decides to entrust her child or to parent
  • Pre-qualified adoptive parents
  • Open adoption agreements
  • Case management

If a you choose to pursue an adoption with Catholic Charities, we will mediate an Open Adoption Agreement, receive the formal adoption paperwork, and support you throughout the adoption and post-placement. The Open Adoption Agreement is an agreement between you and the prospective adoptive parents and can include letters, pictures, and visits until the child is 18.

Adoptive Parents

Due to the dramatic decrease in infant adoptions in Oregon over the last several years, Catholic Charities is not accepting new prospective adoptive families.

Prospective adoptive parents may access these services through Catholic Charities:
  • Independent home studies
  • Designated adoption services
  • Special Needs Adoption Coalition (SNAC) adoptions
  • Post-placement services
  • Certificate of approval

Post-Adoption Registry

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

Once both parties have registered and a match has been made, Catholic Charities of Oregon will contact each party and help share necessary identifying information. We offer counseling to all those involved 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.

Forms and resources:

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

Vital statistics for pre-adoption birth certificates 

Contact preference form to be attached to pre-adoption birth certificate

Court of record for sealed adoption records (Measure 623)

Form to request court adoption records

Voluntary adoption registry affidavit – ADOPTEE

Voluntary adoption registry affidavit – BIRTH PARENT

Form to request non-identifying information

Baptismal Records

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

Catholic Charities of Oregon
Attn: Baptismal Certificate Request
2740 SE Powell Blvd. #7
Portland, OR 97202

Please allow 3-4 weeks to receive your sealed certificate.