Assistance for Adoptive Families

There are many resources and supports available to assist families with their decision to adopt.

Adoption Subsidy

Some of the children who are adopted through Child Welfare are considered children with “special needs.” Special needs, as defined by the Department of Children and Families includes:

  • A child who has one or more special needs as a result of a mental, emotional or physical impairment, behavioral disorder, or medical condition that has been diagnosed by a licensed professional who is qualified to make the diagnosis
  • A child who is a member of a sibling group of 2 to be adopted together and one of the children is 8 years of age or older
  • A child is a member of a sibling group of 3 or more to be adopted together
  • A child is a member of an ethnic or cultural minority of whom reasonable, but unsuccessful efforts to place the child in an adoptive home were made and documented
  • The child’s birth and/or family history places the child at risk of having special needs but, due to the child’s age, a reliable diagnosis cannot be made.

Adoption subsidies are available to parents who adopt children who have physical or mental disabilities, or severe emotional problems. In addition to those children who qualify for subsidy through the Federal Title IV-E Adoption Assistance program, state subsidies are available to offset the additional costs of caring for a child with special needs. The subsidy programs are intended to remove financial barriers to the adoption of children with special needs, but they are not intended to cover the full cost of raising a child. The amount of the subsidy cannot be greater than the amount that child would have received had the child remained in a family-based foster care setting. The benefits available through the adoption subsidy programs are determined on an individual basis and may include monthly care and maintenance payments (a daily rate), health insurance coverage.

Adoption Tax Credit

In the summer of 2001, the Federal Adoption Tax Credit was updated. The most important update was to expand benefits to children with special needs adopted from the U.S. foster care system. Originally families adopting from the foster care system could claim the adoption tax credit, provided they had qualifying expenses. Unfortunately, the IRS list of qualifying expenses was limited to the cost of the adoption process, but not the day-to-day costs of raising a child with special needs. However, beginning in tax year 2003, families adopting a child with special needs from foster care, had access to this same tax credit without needing to document expenses. Since tax year 2005, the tax credit is $10,630 and you have the current year and up to the next five years in which to use it. For families that adopted in 2002 or earlier, you can only claim the credit against expenses you paid related to the adoption process.

If you have questions on the adoption tax credit, contact the North American Council on Adoptable Children at 651-644-3036 or  adoption.assistance@nacac.org. You can also visit the IRS website at www.irs.gov or call 1-800-829-1040.

Employee Benefits

Employer adoption benefits may include reimbursement for costs, paid or unpaid time-off and other support services. For more information contact the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption at 1-877-777-4222 or info@adoptionfriendlyworkplace.org, or visit their website.

Resources

Other States

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

OFSN

  • 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

Adoptions

  • 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

NAFA

  • 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

CHADD

  • 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

Therapists/counselors

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

ACES

  • 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.

Developmental Disabilities and Autism:

  • 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.

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

Events

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

  • Description: Provides a sample of the variety of events available in Corvallis.
  • Website: Corvallis Events Calendars
  • Lincoln County Resources

    Professional Help

    Youth Line

    • Description: A peer-to-peer crisis line for teens. Youth working under adult supervision answer calls on divers topics including substance abuse, depression, self-harm, dating violence and other issues (many of which have substance abuse as an underlying issue).
    • Phone Number: 877-553-8336

    Lincoln County Mental Health Program

    • Description: Search by city to find professional therapists and counselors in your area.
    • General Access: 541-574-5960
    • Crisis Number: 541-265-4179 (days) or 888-232-7191 (afternoon)

    Adoption Therapists in Lincoln County

    • Description: Provides a list of professionals that can help you and your child through any problems you are facing.
    • Website: Therapists in Lincoln County

    Dr. Vince Berger

    Parental Stress Line

    Teen Peer Line

    Events

    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

    Discover Newport

    • Dexcription: Look at the attractions that Newport, Oregon encompasses.
    • Website: Activities

    Parks and Recreation in Newport

    • Dexcription: Explore all the recreation activities you and your family can do.
    • Website: Parks and Recreation

    Central Oregon Coast Guide

    • Dexcription: Rediscover where you live with your family. A category of free activities is listed as well.
    • Website: Oregon Coast

    Lane County Resources

    Support Groups

    Lane County Foster and Adoptive Parent Association

    • Description: Adult support/ discussion group. Meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 7-8:30 PM to hear a speaker.
    • Contact: Tammy Hadley at 541-729-6309 for more information.

    Junction City Support Group

    • Description: For foster care and adoptive families. The group meets the 2nd Tuesday morning of the month.
    • Location: The location is at Junction City, OR.
    • Contact: Contact Shay Crabtree at 541-520-4521 for more information.

    Oregon Family Support Network (OFSN)

    • Description: Oregon families supporting Oregon families with children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral, mental and/or physical challenges and special needs. Services include toll free health informational line, support groups, resource referral, and individualized peer support for navigating multiple child serving agencies.
    • Contact: Contact Oregon Family Support Network (Offices in Milwaukee, Eugene and Salem) at 503-908-1604

    Adoption Connections of Oregon–Parent Salon

    • Description: Adult support/ discussion group. Meets on a regular basis at a rotating home throughout the greater Lane County area for snacks and a discussion on adoption. Specific topics that are of interest to the attendees.
    • Contact Information: Adoption Connections of Oregon,Eugene, OR.
    • Contact: 541-343-4209 or aco@peak.org

    Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center

    • Description: Select your county and it will display support groups near you.
    • Website: Oregon Post Adoption

    Florence Support Group

    • Description: Group meets the last Wednesday of the month from 6-7pm.
    • Contact: Contact Mark Stern at 514-349-4480

    OFSN Respite Night hosted by Oregon Family Support Network

    • Description: Meets the 1st Friday of each month from 5pm-8pm in Eugene. This group is for families with children experiencing mental, emotional, and/or physical disabilities, or who have special needs. Crafts, movies, and activities will be provided by trained youth activity leaders who are on-site to interact and supervise children. Dinner and light snacks will also be provided.
    • Contact: You must RSVP to obtain the location of the event to 541-342-2876.

    OFSN Daytime Support Group hosted by Oregon Family Support Network

    • Description: Meets the 2nd Friday of each month from 12noon-1:30pm in Eugene. This group is for families with children experiencing mental, emotional, and/or physical disabilities, or who have special needs. Trained youth activity leaders are on-site to interact and supervise children and a light snack is provided.
    • Contact: Please call 541-342-2876 for exact meeting location or to RSVP.

    OFSN Family Fun Event at Skateworld hosted by Oregon Family Support Network

    • Description: Meets the 4th Friday of each month from 6pm-8pm at Skateworld 3188 Gateway Loop in Springfield. Admission is $1.00 per person, plus the rental cost for regular skates, inline skates are $4.00. If paying admission is a hardship for your children/family please call their office to see if there is any financial assistance.
    • Contact: You must RSVP to 541-342-2876 to attend this event.

    Parents Anonymous of Oregon

    Professional Help

    White Bird Clinic–Crisis Service Center

    • Description: Provides a 24 hour emergency response for anyone in crisis, including a phone hotline, walk in crisis counseling, and mobile intervention when necessary.
    • Location: Eugene, OR
    • Contact: 541-687-4000 or toll: 800-422-7558>

    Board of Licensed Professionals

    Albertina Kerr Centers

    • Description: Offers children a short-term residential placement and 24 hour access to mental health professionals. Children receive a psychiatric assessment by a psychiatrist, individual and family therapy with a Master level clinician, and a physical health exam.
    • Website: Crisis Psychiatric Care(Subacute)
    • Email: info@albertinakerr.org
    • Phone: 503-239-8106 (Eugene: Lane County Office) or 503-239-8101 (Main Contact information)

    OHSU Child Development and Rehabilitation Center

    • Description: Provides interdisciplinary clinical services for persons with developmental disabilities and other special health care needs at sites in Eugene and Portland. Also offers outreach clinical services covering a variety of special needs in Grants Pass, Klamath Falls, Medford, and Roseburg and community programs in most Oregon counties.
    • Phone: 800-452-3563 (Portland) or 800-637-0700 (Eugene)

    Lynn Booth

    Dr. Vince Berger

    Youth Line

    • Description: A peer-to-peer crisis line for teens. Youth working under adult supervision answer calls on divers topics including substance abuse, depression, self-harm, dating violence and other issues (many of which have substance abuse as an underlying issue).
    • Phone: 877-553-8336

    PeaceHealth Medical Group

    • Description: Outpatient behavioral health services for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors struggling with issues of chemical dependency and/or emotional distress in the Eugene area.
    • Location: Eugene/Springfield, OR
    • Phone: 541-687-6096

    Lane County Health and Human Services

    • Description: Therapist with adoption experience.
    • General Access Phone: 541-947-6021
    • Crisis Number: 866-687-4000 (24 hours)

    Lane County Department of Health and Human Services

    Teen Peer Line

    Looking Glass

    Lynn Booth

    Parental Stress Line

    Events

    Adaptive Recreation Services in Eugene

    • Description: Provides adaptive recreation services at Hilyard Community Center. It is year-round, community-based, social and education programs for Eugene area children, teens and adults with disabilities.
    • Website: Adaptive at Hilyard

    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

    Foster And Adoptive Parent Association of Lane County (FAAPA)

    • Description: Adoption/Fostering Training, Newsletters, Events and more in Lane County Oregon.
    • Website: FAAPA

    The University of Oregon Adoption History Project

    Willamalane Park and Recreation District

    • Description: Learn what is going on at the Willamalane Sports and Recreation Center in Springfield.
    • Website: Willamalane

    Family Activities in Eugene

    • Description: A list of classes, outdoor programs, aquatic programs, and special events in the Eugene area.
    • Website: Family

    Interracial Family Help

    Honoring Our New Ethnic Youth (HONEY)

    • Description: Interracial, multiracial, and cultural diversity group meets on 2nd and 4th Saturdays during the school year at 601 W. 13th ST. for a potluck followed by arts, crafts, or guest speakers.
    • Location: Eugene, OR
    • Email: eugenehoney@aol.com
    • Contact: Sarah Ross 541-343-4023 or Anya (youth director) at 541-465-9810 for more information

    Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center (ORPARC)