Oregon law allows one adult to adopt another through the court system. The legal process is streamlined and quicker than that involving the adoption of children. An adult adoption only requires the consent of the person adopting and the person who is being adopted. Generally, you are not required to notify the adoptee’s birth parents or other relatives. A new birth certificate will be issued reflecting the status of the adopting adult as the parent of the adult adoptee.
There are several circumstances where an adult adoption is appropriate. The most common is when an adult was raised by a step-parent or other relative and now – as an adult – wants to become their legal child. Adult adoption is also appropriate in circumstances where a person experienced trauma in their family of origin or when a person wants to confirm inheritance rights for another adult.