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What is the Difference Between Adoption, Guardianship, and Custody?

Adoption, guardianship, and custody are three concepts in family law that are often confused. However, they are three separate legal processes in Oregon that have very different legal effects on a parent-child relationship. Adoption: allows a non-biological parent to become a child’s legal parent with all of the rights and obligations that are av… Read More
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father and his adopted daughter sitting on his shoulders - adoption without parental consent concept

Is Adoption Without Parental Consent Possible in Oregon?

Adoption can be a wonderful way to grow your family — and in most instances, the legal process goes smoothly. However, the finalization of an adoption severs the child’s legal ties with their natural parent (or parents). This is why the law generally requires that a biological parent be notified of the adoption and consent to it. But it’s imp… Read More
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Toddler girl having fun on outdoor playground with parents - Adult step parent adoption concept

Benefits of Stepparent Adoption

Stepparents love their stepchildren just as they do their biological children. But even if they are married to the child’s biological parent, they do not have the same legal rights, obligations, and responsibilities unless the child is legally adopted by them. There can be many emotional benefits and legal advantages to adopting a stepchild in Or… Read More
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Happy young woman signing contract about adoption while talking to social worker with her family in background - requirements for adoption concept

What Are the Requirements for Adopting a Child in Oregon?

All families and children in Oregon are unique — and many people choose to grow their families through adoption. When a child is adopted, it creates a legal parent-child relationship between the individual being adopted and their adoptive parent. Although adoption is a joyful occasion, it can also be a complex process and there can be a considera… Read More
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toddler girl playing at playground with parents - step parent adoption concept

The Process of Stepparent Adoption in Oregon

Stepparents often develop close relationships with their stepchildren and form strong emotional bonds. However, they do not have the same legal rights as a biological parent when it comes to matters like custody or making decisions on behalf of the child. Stepparent adoption can offer crucial legal protections for both the parent and child. It can… Read More
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Daughter sitting on her mother's lap - what to know before adopting a child concept

What to Know Before Adopting a Child

Adoption is a big decision. If you are considering growing your family through adoption, there are many things you should consider before you start the process. Being an adoptive parent will bring many changes to your life and the lives of those in your family. Not only should you be aware of the legal process regarding adoption, but you must also… Read More
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rear view of mother and adult daughter sitting on bed - adult adoption concept

Adult Adoption in Oregon

In Oregon, an adult may legally adopt another adult as their child. These types of adoptions are often done for emotional reasons and can legalize a parent-child relationship that the parties had for many years. Adult adoption can also be important to solidify inheritance rights and legalize a strong connection or bond between the parties. However,… Read More
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Parenting a foster child

Parenting a Foster Child Who Has Experienced Trauma

Parenting or adopting a foster child is rewarding, but it can also be challenging. It’s essential to be aware that many children who have been placed in the foster care system have experienced some form of trauma. In fact, most children in foster homes have been through more than one traumatic event — and some have been through repeated trauma… Read More
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A man holds a little girl happily as a woman talks to a man in a suit in the background with smiles on their faces- adoption lawyer

How Do I Know If I Need an Adoption Attorney?

If you’re thinking about adoption, it’s important to be aware that there are many laws and regulations throughout the process. Not only is there a considerable amount of paperwork that must be completed, but there are a variety of complex legal matters you might encounter. While the procedures associated with adoption can often be overwhelming,… Read More
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pregnant businesswoman

Paid Family Leave is Coming to Oregon in 2023

Paid family leave is critical for new parents, whether their family has grown due to the birth of a child, by adoption, or through foster care. Unfortunately, many employers do not pay their employees for the time they take off to bond with a new child, and they are not required to do so. Although there is currently no mandate in Oregon that family… Read More
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