Step-Parent Adoption

The only adoptions handled by Access the Law / ASOSU Legal Services are step-parent adoptions and second parent adoptions.

The step-parent adoption process:

  • Both biological parents must consent to the adoption, no matter if they are retaining or giving up their parental rights
  • All household members over the age of 18 must submit to a criminal background check except biological/legal parent(s)
  • A home study must be conducted or, in some cases, the home study requirement may be waived
  • Grandparents must be given notice in some cases

Fees for step-parent adoptions:

There are a number of costs and fees associated with the adoption process:

  • Criminal records check for all adults in the household, excluding birth/legal parent(s): $10.00 each
  • First appearance by petitioner, respondent, or other party at the Benton County Circuit Court: $240.00
  • A new birth certificate if the child was born in Oregon: $50.00
  • Various certified mailings, approximately $10
  • Other possible costs depending on the case