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Fee Schedule

A Family For Every Child believes that finances should not be a barrier to families wanting to adopt. For Financial resources please visit: Financial Resources


Special Needs Adoption Home Study Fee$1,500.00
Independent Adoption Home Study Fee$3,000.00
Adoption Worker Travel FeesSee Travel Fee Arrangement Form
Home Study Update$350.00
Independent Adoption Post Placement Supervision$1,000 (for up to two visits) $500 for each subsequent visit as requested

Contact Us

Adoption Agency Coordinator
Local (541)343-2856
Toll Free (877)343-2856

Christy Obie Barrett
Founder and Executive Director

Common Diagnoses of Foster Children

It is critical for children in foster care to get routine developmental screenings and any necessary follow-up. Routine pediatric visits include developmental check-ups, but children may not be seen regularly by a pediatrician while living in foster care. A child’s physical and mental functioning may improve if problems are recognized during routine developmental screenings and necessary treatment is provided.

Given that the life of a child in foster care is often filled with separation and loss it is not surprising that behavioral and psychiatric issues are common in these children.


Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by excessive, exaggerated anxiety and worry about everyday life events with no obvious reasons for worry. People with symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder tend to always expect disaster and can’t stop worrying. Daily life becomes a constant state of worry, fear, and dread. Eventually, the anxiety so dominates the person’s thinking that it interferes with daily functioning.


Asthma is an inflammatory disorder of the airways, which causes attacks of wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing.

Compulsive water drinking (polydipsia)

Polydipsia is a medical symptom in which the patient displays excessive thirst.


Depression is a serious medical illness that involves the brain. It’s more than just a feeling of being “down in the dumps” or “blue” for a few days. The feelings do not go away. They persist and interfere with your everyday life. Symptoms can include:

  • Sadness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
  • Change in weight
  • Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
  • Energy loss
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Developmental delay

Developmental Delay is when your child does not reach their developmental milestones at the expected times. It is an ongoing major or minor delay in the process of development. If your child is temporarily lagging behind, that is not called developmental delay. Delay can occur in one or many areas—for example, gross or fine motor, language, social, or thinking skills.

Emotional or behavioral problems


Encopresis is the voluntary or involuntary passage of stools in a child who has been toilet trained (typically over age 4), which causes the soiling of clothes. Encopresis is frequently is associated with constipation and fecal impaction. Often, hard fecal material remains in the colon and the child only passes a soft or semi-liquid stool around the impacted stool. Leakage of stool may occur during the day or night. There are rarely physical causes other than constipation (sometimes present since infancy). Other causes may be related to:

  • A lack of toilet training
  • Toilet training at too early an age
  • Emotional disturbance such as oppositional defiant disorder

The following may increase the risk for encopresis:

  • Being male
  • Chronic constipation
  • Low socioeconomic status

Conduct disorder

Whatever the cause the child may develop associated shame, guilt, or loss of self-esteem. The child may try to hide the discovery of the problem.


Bedwetting is involuntary urination in children over 5 to 6 years old. It may occur at any time of the day or night.

Excess appetite (hyperphagia)

Excessive hunger describes an abnormally strong desire or need to eat. This can be normal or related to an underlying medical condition.

Failure to thrive

Failure to thrive is a description applied to children whose current weight or rate of weight gain is significantly below that of other children of similar age and sex.

Genetic and birth defect syndromes

HIV infection

HIV infection is a disease caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The condition gradually destroys the immune system, which makes it harder for the body to fight infections.

Inadequate immunization

Long bone and rib fractures

Poor dental hygiene or multiple caries

Poorly controlled chronic illness

Prenatal exposure to cocaine, alcohol, narcotics

Reactive Attachment Disorder

Reactive attachment disorder is a rare but serious condition in which infants and young children don’t establish healthy bonds with parents or caregivers. A child with reactive attachment disorder is typically neglected, abused, or moved multiple times from one caregiver to another. Because the child’s basic needs for comfort, affection and nurturing aren’t met, he or she never establishes loving and caring attachments with others. This may permanently alter the child’s growing brain and hurt their ability to establish future relationships. Reactive attachment disorder is a lifelong condition, but with treatment children can develop more stable and healthy relationships with caregivers and others. Safe and proven treatments for reactive attachment disorder include psychological counseling and parent or caregiver education.

Sexually transmitted diseases

Shaken baby syndrome

(SBS) is a form of physical child abuse that occurs when an abuser violently shakes an infant or small child, creating a whiplash-type motion that causes acceleration-deceleration injuries. It is common for there to be no external evidence of trauma.

Sleep disorders

Sleep disorders involve any difficulties related to sleeping, including difficulty falling or staying asleep, falling asleep at inappropriate times, excessive total sleep time, or abnormal behaviors associated with sleep.

Emotional Needs

The children AFFEC serves have been removed from their birth families. due to neglect, and/or abuse, and have varying degrees of emotional needs. Many of these children are slow to trust a new person or family, having suffered past losses and often finding the adults in their lives unreliable or unable to care for them. Emotional difficulties can also result in a child having behavioral difficulties. Hoarding food, withdrawing, having difficulty telling the truth and competing for attention are among the most common behaviors.

It can be especially challenging to deal with a child who has been through a traumatic experience. If a child is unwilling or unable to discuss these experiences, the frustration may be so overwhelming that it affects the child’s ability to function on a day-to-day basis. A sense of security and support services will often help a child make great strides in a new family. Many of the waiting children benefit from counseling and other therapeutic services.

Physical Difficulties

While most of the waiting children are healthy, some do have physical difficulties or disabilities. Some may have asthma, cleft palate, mild forms of bronchitis or allergies or easily treatable medical conditions. Other children have more severe physical disabilities, such as limb deformities, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, congenital heart disease, life-threatening illnesses and various types of developmental disabilities.

Learning Disabilities

Many waiting children have difficulties comprehending, processing or retaining oral and/or written information. Within the general public school population, 10 to 20 percent of children have some form of learning disability. Learning disabilities can manifest themselves in any number of ways. The most common problems are Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), hyperactivity and dyslexia.

Adopting Older Kids

Have you thought about adopting a school-age child or are you planning to adopt an older child? With preparation and patience, a few adjustments on both sides, and some unconventional parenting methods, you’ll find that bringing home an older child can be a deeply rewarding way to form a family.

Most waiting children are school-aged or older. There are several brothers and sisters who need to stay together. More than 60% of the children come from minority cultures. The majority of children are boys and many children have emotional, physical, learning disabilities or mental retardation. All are waiting for the love and security that only a permanent family can offer.

Older children, though often unable to verbalize their needs, long to be part of a family and need love like any other child. Conflicting emotions are often present, and an older child may still have ties to a biological or foster family, or be grieving over the loss of biological and/or foster families. More than anything else, these children need strong, permanent commitments from their adoptive families. An older child may have lived in several foster homes along the way or have had disrupted adoptive placements. These children have never had the support or the opportunity to build positive relationships and, as a result, may suffer from low self-esteem.

Every parent considering older child adoption needs to read, talk with other parents, and read some more. And, one of the most important pre-adoption projects is to convince yourself that, “Yes, it WILL happen to me.” Some older child adoptive parents may deal with developmental delays and challenges. Children may act younger than their chronological age. And, they may not be consistent i.e. they may speak at age level, be two years behind socially, and be physically three years behind. For children coming from orphanages, the rule of thumb is one month of delay for each three months spent in the orphanage. Parents will need to work on these child development gaps with at-home activities, or possibly with the help of physical, occupational, or other therapists and specialists.

Some older adopted children slide into their new lives with little difficulty. These children joyously participate in their new family’s activities. They quickly learn the rules. They bond strongly, showing positive interactions with other family members. However, many older, special needs children, due to a combination of biological, emotional, and neurological issues, present challenges to their parents.

Educate yourself. Be committed. Maintain hope. With these, parents will successfully face down the ugly and the bad aspects of older child adoption, fully appreciate the good, and love their older adopted child with all of their heart.

Children’s Disability Levels


Caregivers can expect the child to respond to limit-setting or other interventions. The child can perform basic life management functions appropriate for child’s age and development and can use mainstream methods of transportation and communication.

  • Child requires no equipment for daily functioning and may require average or slightly above average medical care and appointments.
  • Child may have a condition that is totally managed by medication, or a condition that is correctable or improves on its own with time.
  • The child may be developmentally delayed in physical development but has a prognosis of catching up.

The child with a Mild disability could have one or more of the following conditions:

  • Developmental/Learning conditions that are not severe enough to require special education.
  • Emotional conditions such as adjustment reactions, situational depression or acting out behaviors.
  • Mental conditions with mild mental retardation in children who usually will be able to live independently as an adult, hold a job, and manage their lives with some guidance in crises. A child with mild mental retardation can often be in a mainstream class with resource room help or tutoring.
  • Physical/Medical conditions, such as mild cerebral palsy and treatable medical conditions such as controlled seizures, hearing or vision impairment.


Caregivers need to provide a structured supportive setting in which most activities are designed to improve the child’s functioning. Child has a relatively stable non-correctable condition that is neither progressive nor degenerative. Child can perform basic life management functions appropriate for age and development (feeding, dressing, toileting) with some assistance.

  • Child may require moderate home modifications, corrective surgery, and/or one or more weekly medical appointments.
  • Child may require some assistance with transportation and communication functions.

The child with a Moderate disability could have one or more of the following conditions:

  • Developmental/Learning conditions such as those requiring long- term special education classes.
  • Emotional conditions such as conduct disorder, sexual abuse and other problems that may need long-term therapy.
  • Mental conditions with moderate mental retardation in children who as an adult, may achieve partial self-support in a sheltered work place, but will always need supervision and will need to live in a group home or family setting.
  • Medical/Physical conditions, such as moderate cerebral palsy, paraplegia, spina bifida, hydrocephalus, partially controlled seizures, blindness or deafness.


Caregivers may need specialized training or experience to provide therapeutic, habilitative, and medical support and interventions. Child may require life support equipment, or has a progressive, degenerative or terminal illness.

  • Child may require significant home modifications.
  • Child may require repeated doctor or frequent hospitalizations or surgeries.
  • Child requires 2 or more medical appointments per week.
  • Child requires a parent or aide to perform basic life management functions (feeding, dressing, toileting, etc.).
  • Child may require special adaptations for transportation and/or communication.

The child with a Severe disability could have one or more of the following conditions:

  • Developmental/Learning conditions that may cause a permanent difficulty in academic or social/emotional functioning, or occupation.
  • Emotional conditions such as attachment disorder that may require hospitalization or residential treatment.
  • Mental conditions such as severe to profound retardation with an IQ less than 25. Individuals with severe mental retardation may be able to partially contribute to self-care, but will be unable to work and will need ongoing supervision and help with daily routines.
  • Medical/Physical conditions, such as fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), multiple moderate conditions or a condition that requires ongoing and constant medical attention, such as quadriplegia or cystic fibrosis.

Yamhill County Resources

Support Groups

Collaborative Problem Solving: Peer Support Group

  • Meeting Location: Newberg Park. (so kids can play while parents talk)
  • Meeting Time: Thursdays from 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
  • Group type: Support group.It is for parents who want support and the focus will be on practice, role-playing, review, and self-care.

You must pre-register with Jan Urton, Yamhill County Family Support Partner

Washington County Resources

Support Groups

Foster Care Support Groups

  • Description: Foster Care Support Groups for our foster families of Washington County. Support Group meets in the Beaverton DHS office on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 6 pm to 8 pm. Childcare is being provided for the foster parents during this support group by A Jesus Church and the volunteers from Foster Parent’s Night Out.
  • Location: 15625 SW Greystone Court, Beaverton, OR 97006
  • Website: Foster Kids Forward
  • Phone: 503-277-6671


  • Description: Providing peer support for families in Washington County who have children involved with Washington County Mental Health. OFSN GAME NIGHT “A welcoming place to meet other families, youth and young adults with special needs.”
  • Website: OFSN
  • Location: First Friday of each month except December at LifeWorks NW, 1340 East Main Street, Hillsboro, OR 97123

Attachment Parenting

  • Description: Parent Support makes a world of difference. API invites you to become involved with your local API support group, or begin an API support group in your local community.
  • Website: Attachment Parenting

Adoption Mosaic

  • Description: Providing pre and post adoption support through adoption readiness trainings, workshops, panels, and support groups.
  • Website: Adoption Mosaic


  • Description: An affiliate of Lifeline Children’s Services, exists to provide a hope and a future through the Gospel for children around the world by discipline, engaging and equipping people towards adoption, foster care, and orphan care.
  • Location: 149 SE. 3rd Ave. suite 600 Hillsboro, Oregon 97123
  • Website: Adoptions
  • Email: dove@adoptions.net
  • Phone: 503-324-9010


  • Description: A non-profit, all volunteer, support group for adoptive families and those interested in adoption. NAFA is actively involved in education, advocacy, and support for its nearly four hundred member families located throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.
  • Website: NAFA Online
  • Phone: 503-243-1356


  • Description: Whether you are the parent of a child with ADHD, an educator, a healthcare clinician, other professional, or an adult with ADHD, one of the best aspects about joining CHADD is that you are not alone. CHADD provides support through education, information and support.
  • Website: Chadd

Open Adoption Family Service

Campfire Columbia

  • Website: Campfire Columbia
  • Location: 619 SW. 11th Ave. suite 234 Portland, Oregon 97205-2694


Balance Center for Children and Families, LLC

  • Description: Services provided in Individual and Family therapy. Specialties in Trauma, Adjustment and transitional issues, early childhood mental health, Depression, Anxiety, Step/blended families, Autism, Aggression in children, Disruptive behavior, Adoption, Behavioral issues, parenting support, family conflict, ADHD, stress management, and social skill building.
  • Location: 7440 SW. Hunziker Rd. suite F Tigard, Oregon 97223.
  • Website: Balance For Families
  • Phone: 503-596-2222

Fire Fly Counseling Services

  • Description: Services provided in Individual and Family therapy. Specialties in Trauma, Adjustment and transitional issues, early childhood mental health, Depression, Anxiety, Step/blended families, Autism, Aggression in children, Disruptive behavior, Adoption, Behavioral issues, parenting support, family conflict, ADHD, stress management, and social skill building.
  • Location: 535 SE. Washington St. Hillsboro, Oregon 97123
  • Website: Fire Fly Counseling
  • Phone: 503-596-2222


  • Description: Trained to work with Children, Adolescents, Adopted Adults, Parents and Adopted Children and families.
  • Website: ACES
  • Location: 3720 SW 141st ST. #204 Beaverton, Oregon 97005
  • Website: Options

Rhonda Andrews

  • Specialties: Post-Adoption, Loss or Grief, Trauma, PTSD, relationship issues, Depression, Anxiety, Child or Adolescents issues, ADHD, Divorce, Parenting, and Therapy.
  • Loacation: 307 E. 2nd St. Ste. #115 Newburg, Oregon 97132
  • Website: Rhonda Andrew slcsw

Robin Magdahlen

  • Description: Services in Adoption, Blended families, couples/relationships, Divorce, and support groups.
  • Location: 7440 SW. Hunziker Rd. suite F Tigard, Oregon 97223.
  • Website: Living Playfully
  • Phone: 503-380-2049

Maggie Sprague

  • Services provided: Therapy in Depression and anxiety, family counseling, parenting support, grief, stress management, and conflict resolution
  • Location: 18650 SW. Boones Ferry Rd. Suite #3 Tualatin, Oregon 97062
  • Website: Wellness Counseling PDX
  • Phone: 503-833-2566

Simone D’Amore, MSCP, LPC Individual, Child, and Family Therapist

Linda Sheppard

Multnomah County Resources

Support Groups

Talk It Over (Portland)
  • Description: A support group for families with a child or teen with mental illness, substance abuse, or serious behavior problems. Group is for family members only, including siblings. Snacks are provided. Hosted by Swindells Family Resource Center and sponsored by Trillium Family Services
  • Date: Meets the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month from 4pm-6pm
  • Location: Providence Child Center, Providence Hospital Campus 830 NE 47th Ave. in Portland.
  • Contact: Margaret Puckette
  • Phone: 503-289-7797
Talk It Over (Gresham)
  • Description: A support group for families with a child or teen with mental illness, substance abuse, or serious behavior problems. Group is for family members only, including siblings. Snacks are provided. Hosted by Swindells Family Resource Center and sponsored by Trillium Family Services
  • Date: Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 6pm-7:30pm
  • Location: Human Solutions 124 NE 181st Street in Portland
  • Contact: Margaret Puckette
  • Phone: 503-289-7797
LGBTQ Adoptive Parent Support Group
  • Description: Meets every 3rd Thursday from 6pm-8pm at Q Center 4115 N. Mississippi Ave. in Portland. Groups will be lead by a team of adoption professionals and members of the LGBTQ adoption community. Hosted by Adoption Mosaic
  • Website: Adoption Mosaic
  • Phone: 971-533-0102
  • Email: astrid@adoptionmosaic.org
Adoption Support Group hosted by DHS
  • Date: Meets the 3rd Monday of each month from 6pm-8pm
  • Location: DHS Midtown Branch, Lobby Conference Room 1425 NE Irving Street in Portland
  • Contact: Rene Hendricks
  • Phone: 971-673-1866
  • Contact: Donna Thomas
  • Phone: 971-673-2087
Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center
African-American Families through Adoption Support Group
  • Description: Meets in the greater Portland area for potlucks and fun. Can help you connect with mentors for African-American children.
  • Contact: Pam or Rob Vergun
  • Email: pearlysue@standfordalumni.org
  • Phone: 503-645-6642
Families For Children from China
  • Location: P.O. Box 5642 Portland, OR 97208
  • Contact: Cathy Rowland
  • Phone: 503-295-6322
Families For Children from China
  • Location: P.O. Box 5642 Portland, OR 97208
  • Contact: Cathy Rowland
  • Phone: 503-295-6322
ADHD Parent Support Group
  • Description: This support group is open parents and caregivers of children affected by ADHD. The group is there to share the joys and challenges in raising children with ADHD. Hosted by Stumptown CHADD
  • Date: Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30pm
  • Location: Providence St. Vincent Hospital 9205 SW Barnes Rd., Room 6 in Portland
  • Contact: Stumptown CHADD
  • Email: info@stumptownCHADD.org
  • Info: Flyer
Northwest Adoptive Families Association and North American Council on Adoptable Children Representative
  • Location: 5737 SW Pendleton Portland, OR 97122
  • Contact: Kathie Stocker
  • Phone: 503-243-1356
Adoptive Families’ Support Group
Adoptive/Foster Support Group
  • Location: IHOP-Corner of Stark & 242nd Avenue Portland, OR
  • Contact: Kathy Roland
  • Phone: 503-666-9369
Department of Human Services
  • Location: Clackamas DHS Office Clackamas, OR
  • Contact: Peggy Gilmer
  • Phone: 503-657-2112
Padres Unidoes
  • Location: 1425 NE Irving, Building 400 Portland, OR
  • Contact: DHS Judy Orellana
African-American Support Group
  • Location: Portland, OR Clackamas, OR
  • Contact: Jeanett Davis
  • Phone: 281-652-1402
Department of Human Services

Professional Help

Board of Licensed Professionals
Adoption Therapists in Multnomah County
Dr. Vince Berger

Marion County Resources

Support Groups

Marion County Adoption Support Group hosted by DHS Child Welfare:

  • Description: Meets the second Tuesday of every month. These groups meet at Grace Lutheran at the corner of Kings Blvd. and Harrison in Corvallis from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Dinner is provided and children’s programs are available on site for ages 3 and up.
  • Contact: Kem Sunitsch at 503-378-5289 or kem.sunitsch@state.or.us

Adopting Oregon’s Kids -A-OK Support group hosted by DHS:

  • Description: Meets the 4th Tuesday of each month from 12noon-1pm at DHS Services Building 500 Summer Street in Salem. Each month has a new topic for discussion.
  • Contact: contact Roberta Lincoln at 503-947-5214 for more information or to RSVP.

LGBT Resources

Salem Rainbow Youth:

  • Description: This organization serves the gay, lesbian, transgender, questioning youth, and their allies in Marion and Polk counties. They have events for both youth and their familiews, as well as support groups that meet monthly and youth activity nights.
  • Website: Check them out on their website
  • Facebook: Facebook

Salem LGBT resources, businesses, etc.:

Salem Pride – LGBT resources in the area:

Linn County Resources

Support Groups

Teen and Young Adult Groups hosted by Oregon Family Support Network:

  • Teen Social Club: Autism, Aspergers, and Friends – meets the second Wednesday of the month This group meets at Grace Lutheran Church in Corvallis from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • High School and Up Group: meets the last Tuesday of the month This group meets from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. with dinner being served at 5:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church.
  • Young Adult Connect (post high school to age 25): Meets the 4th Wednesday of the month. This group meets from 6pm-8pm at The Clubhouse on Jack London Rd. in Corvallis.

Family Support and Education Groups hosted by Oregon Family Support Network Mental Health and Behavioral Issues:

  • Description: Meets the last Tuesday of every month

For the above groups: Families should call ahead with any special needs. Contact is Hilary Harrison, Benton County Regional Director at 541-740-6306 or hilaryh@ofsn.net


Oregon Teen Conference

  • Description: Current of former foster youth ages 16-20 are welcome to apply for the conference. Runs for 4 days at Lewis and Clark College. Look for the next conference in the Summer of 2015!
  • Website: Oregon Teen Conference Event Flyer

Family Friendly Activities In Corvallis

  • Description: Includes outdoor activities, museums and more.
  • Website: Corvallis Attractions Guide

Benton County Tourism

Corvallis Guide