Oregon Department of Human Services, Child Welfare Programs
When Adoption Is Not an Appropriate Permanency Plan
When it is determined that adoption is not the appropriate permanency plan for the child, and the compelling reason for this determination has been documented in the case file, the child’s worker must develop and implement an alternate plan.
If there are significant changes, the child’s worker may refer the case to either the Local Office Permanency/Adoption Committee or the Permanency/Adoption Council Committee for a new determination whether adoption is an appropriate permanency plan for the child. The appropriateness of adoption as a permanency plan for the child can change as the child’s circumstances change. When the legal assistance specialist has questions about the appropriateness of adoption as the permanency plan for the child, the legal assistance specialist may ask the local office to recruit for a potential adoptive placement prior to initiating the process to free the child for adoption.