State Adoption Program

The Need

There are thousands of children in foster care across the U.S. waiting for permanent adoptive families, and Christian Family Adoptions (CFA) is committed to helping these modern day orphans find safe, loving homes of their own. We have a broad, national focus as we strive to match children who need families with families who can provide these exceptional children with a lifetime of love and acceptance.

The children in state custody have a wide range of special needs resulting from varied backgrounds and life experiences. They may have suffered from physical, emotional, or sexual abuse or neglect. They may have experienced multiple homes and varied family settings, making attachment difficult. Some are physically or mentally delayed. All of them need unconditional love, unlimited encouragement and total commitment from a family of their own. While it is always our first hope to see children reunited with their biological families, for these children, returning to their families is not possible, or not a safe option. As a result, they have been released to the state for adoption. It is part of CFA’s mission to match them with stable families like yours who can meet their unique needs.

We Can Help

CFA has a very experienced staff, caseworkers and volunteers who partner together to walk with you through this process, every step of the way. We provide personal, efficient and supportive service to each of the families we work with, from initial inquiry until long after a child is placed in your home.

Licensed in both Oregon and Washington, CFA is equipped to assist families from Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Deschutes, Marion and Polk counties in Oregon, and all of Southwest Washington. Our license also permits us to place waiting foster children from all over the U.S. with the Oregon and Washington families we serve.

The Process

Our team starts by getting to know you and getting you ready for the adoption experience. Caseworkers who specialize in waiting child adoptions will meet with you to complete the home study process, in which you are prepared and approved to parent a special needs child. And because serving you is our top priority, we are able to help carry out the home study process in a very timely manner. We also teach the Foundations training course that is required for all Oregon families who want to adopt a child from state foster care, and we provide the class in a convenient three-day weekend format.

After the completion of the home study, you will be paired with a child matching volunteer who will help identify children that might be a good fit for your family. Together you will search a large number of child photolisting websites that describe the strengths and needs of the wide variety of children that are available for adoption all across the country.

When you find a child you are interested in, we submit your home study to the caseworker or other adoption professional working with the child, and we persistently follow through to gain any additional information. Once you are selected as a possible adoptive resource for a child, your CFA program coordinator and social worker will assist you to determine if you and the child are the best match for one other.

Before and after placement of a child in your home, we help you navigate the complex state adoption system, offer guidance and encouragement as your adopted child adjusts to your family, and advocate for your and your child’s ongoing needs. Through frequent visits and continuing support, our agency team will be available as long as you need us.

It’s Affordable, Too!

CFA’s state/special needs adoption program is the least expensive among many adoption options. State fees and donations make it possible for ordinary families to open their hearts and homes to a child in need.

Some – or even all – adoption-related costs may be reimbursed. For example, when adopting a child from Texas, all of the agency fees – with the small exception of social worker mileage – are reimbursed to the adoptive family. Now, you can’t get much more affordable than that!

In addition, ongoing monthly financial assistance may be available for each child. Helpful tax credits are also available through the federal government. See CFA’s “Affording Your Adoption” page on our website for more information.

CFA agency fees:

Application fee:   $300
Home study fee:  $2,300
Agency fee:        $1,700
Total*:              $4,300 (plus social worker mileage)

* Plus travel expenses (home study & represent family at selection committee)
Contract renewal fee: $500 (if contract exceeds 2 years)

The Children

To view some of the children currently in foster care waiting for their forever families, please visit these websites:

What’s Next?

To adopt through the state/special needs program, you’ll begin with these four steps:

  • INQUIRY: The first item on your to-do list is to fill out an inquiry form on our website. A caseworker will contact you to follow up with your request.

  • APPLICATION: You will then complete and submit your application. The following documents must be included: application fee, two family photos, copies of government issued photo ID and medical insurance cards.

  • CONTRACT: Upon approval of your application, you will be sent a letter of instruction, contracts for services, and information regarding the required the Special Needs Adoption Training Education. You will be asked to submit a packet documents consisting of: medical and financial forms, personal references, release of information form and a general autobiography. This information will then be used by a social worker as part of the “home study” – a written report that is based on interviews with each of your family members, a review of your documents, and a visit to your home. Once the contracts, fees and all necessary documents (including required training certificates) have been received, a CFA social worker will be assigned to conduct interviews and write your adoption home study.

    EDUCATION: Pre-adoption education provides extremely valuable information about adoption-related issues and is required for all adopting families. Click here for training information.

Want to Learn More?

Please contact the CFA office if you have questions or would like additional information about our state/special needs program. You can reach Social Services Supervisor, Becky Hartman, by email at bhartman@christianfamilyadoptions.org or by phone at 503-232-1211.