Can a known donor renounce his legal obligations as a parent?

Yes. OR statute explicitly removes a donor’s legal rights to children conceived via donor insemination. Courts have upheld agreements between known donors and recipients that curtailed the donor’s parental rights.

What if a known donor attempts to enforce his parental rights when the original intent was to be a sperm donor only?

If a written agreement is in place, courts have not found additional legal parental rights for known donors.

Does the state allow for second-parent adoption (i.e., for same-sex couples)?


Does the state allow for multiple-parent families (when the child has more than two adults in a parenting role)?

At least one court has recognized multiple-parent families.

Does the state recognize “de-facto” or “psychological” parentage (of an “acting” parent without a biological connection) or a similar concept?

Yes.  An OR court has ruled that the consent of a non-biological partner to a biological partner’s insemination, where the non-bio parent intended to be a parent to the resulting child, made the non-bio parent a legal parent.