Standards for an Adoptive Home and Release of an Adoption Home Study
(1)Except to the extent provided otherwise in section (2) of this rule, to be approved to adopt a child in the legal custody of the Department, an individual must complete all of the following:
(a)Have an adoption home study recommending the applicant as a potential adoptive resource written, amended, or updated within the 12 months prior to the adoption placement selection, completed by:
(A)The Department under OAR 413-200-0301 (Purpose and Applicability of Certification Standards) to 413-200-0396 (Requirements Regarding Contested Case Hearings);
(B)An Oregon licensed private agency for an Oregon resident when the home study is prepared by a private agency for an Oregon resident under OAR 413-215-0401 (Adoption Agencies: What Law Applies) to 413-215-0481 (Adoption Agencies: Services to Children from the United States Placed in Other Countries);
(C)An out-of-state agency under OAR 413-040-0200 (The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) -- History and Purpose) to 413-040-0330; or
(D)An agency in another country under OAR 413-120-0900 (Purpose) to 413-120-0970 (Hague Custody Declarations).
(b)Meet the Department’s standards for adoptive homes by demonstrating the knowledge, skills, and ability to meet, without agency oversight, the current and lifelong needs of the child for all of the following:
(A)Physical and emotional safety and well-being;
(B)Developing and maintaining connections to the child’s family;
(C)Continuity and familiarity;
(D)Appropriate social, educational, developmental, emotional, and physical support;
(E)Integration into the family;
(F)Stability and permanency; and
(G)Maintaining his or her identity, cultural, religious, and spiritual heritage.
(c)Provide evidence of successful completion of a training program approved by the Department, unless the Adoption Program Manager has approved an alternate training program.
(2)In the case of an individual or individuals residing in a state that does not complete an adoption home study prior to a child being placed with the individual or individuals or prior to the child being legally free for adoption:
(a)The Child Permanency Program may approve a foster home study or a relative study as an adoption home study for the purpose of adoption placement selection only as long as all other requirements of subsections (1)(a), (b), and (c) of this rule are met.
(b)An approved adoption home study must be completed prior to designation of the child’s placement for the purpose of adoption.
(3)Release of an adoption home study. An adoption home study is considered confidential information and, when released under this rule must have a signed, valid release of information from each applicant who is a subject of the adoption home study.
(a)The Department may release a copy of the adoption home study to:
(A)An adoption applicant who is a subject of the adoption home study;
(B)Individuals involved in the adoption placement selection process, under OAR 413-120-0021 (Adoption Placement Selection by Caseworker) and 413-120-0035 (Invitation to and Notification of Adoption Committee);
(C)The court for the purposes of finalizing an adoption; and
(D)A public agency upon the written request of an applicant who is a subject of the adoption home study.
(b)A Child Welfare Program Manager must approve the release of an adoption home study requested for a purpose other than those listed in subsection (a) of this rule.
(c)An individual receiving a copy of an adoption home study must keep the information contained therein confidential.
(d)Before releasing an adoption home study, the Department must redact or summarize information, when necessary, to prevent the identification of individuals, other than the applicants, who provided information for the adoption home study.
(e)When an agency or entity other than the Department completes the adoption home study, the Department must receive approval from the agency or entity that completed the adoption home study before release.
Rule 413-120-0246 — Standards for an Adoptive Home and Release of an Adoption Home Study,