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Adoption in Washington

Washington is an adoption friendly state. In fact, it's been recognized as a leader for an innovative approach to adoption (it's the home of PairTree!) and high placement rates. According to the State, the success of Washington's adoption programs can be attributed to the unique partnerships between public and private adoption agencies responsible for adoption planning and placement.

Home Study Providers in Washington

3 Home Study Providers in WA

$1,800 Average Home Study Cost

33 days Average Home Study Duration

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Adoption Attorneys in Washington

13 Adoption Agencies in WA

10 AAAA Attorneys in WA

Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys

  • Attorney
    Mark R. Iverson
    921 W. Broadway, Suite 305
    Spokane, WA 99201
    (509) 462-3678
    (509) 462-3700
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Marcus J. Fry
    P.O. Box 1689
    Yakima, WA 98907
    (509) 248-7220
    (509) 575-1883
    Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children
  • Attorney
    Marie N. Tilden
    811 N.E. 112th Ave Ste 108
    Vancouver, WA 98684
    (360) 695-0290
    (360) 326-1934
    contact@marietilden.com
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    David V. Andersen
    5507 35th Avenue NE
    Seattle, WA 98105
    (206) 547-1400
    (206) 547-1276
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Raegen N. Rasnic
    1301 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3401
    Seattle, WA 09810
    (206) 623-6501
    (206) 447-1973
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Janna J. Annest
    1200 5th Avenue, Ste 1550
    Seattle, WA 98101
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    rbender@skellengerbender.com
    1301 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor
    Seattle, WA 98101
    (206) 623-6501
    (206) 447-1973
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Albert G. Lirhus
    1200 5th Avenue, Suite 1550
    Seattle, WA 98101
    (206) 728-5858
    (206) 728-5863
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Mark M. Demaray
    145 3rd Avenue South
    Edmonds, WA 98020
    (425) 771-6453
    (425) 412-3873
    info@washingtonadoptionattorney.com
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Michele Gentry Hinz
    33035 52nd Avenue South
    Auburn, WA 98001
    (253) 740-0667
    (253) 322-4769
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking
  • Agency
    A Baby Step Adoption
    340 Morgantown Road
    Suite 2
    Reading, PA 19611
    (610) 376-9742
    info@ababystepadoption.com
    Services Offered A Baby Step Adoption Agency is led by an AAAA Director with over 30 years of legal and adoption experience. Our agency specializes in full service, newborn baby adoption throughout the United States.
  • Attorney
    Adoptions First LLP
    1100 Glendon Ave
    Floor 15
    Los Angeles, CA 90024
    (800) 658-8284
    info@adoptionsfirst.com
    Services Offered Adoptions First has provided the most caring and professional adoption services for over 30 years. Since 1988 we have dedicated our services & experience to adoptive parents and birth parents. Adoption is not only our work. It is our passion, our personal stories, and our life’s calling.
  • Agency
    Adopt America
    111 N.E. 1st Street, Suite 902
    Miami, FL 33132
    (305) 984-2154
    info@adoptamerica411.com
    Services Offered Adopt America is a licensed child placement agency in the State of Florida. We provide home study services mainly to residents of S. Florida and some other locations throughout Florida. We offer placement services when we are working with a designated birthmother/birth parents but no waiting list.

Who’s Waiting to Adopt in Washington

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Personality Type

Most Common Personality Types Amoung Waiting Families on PairTree

Data is from LifePair™ - Our proprietary, personality-based matching system.

Caregiver Neighbor Sage Jester Ruler Hero

No. of Adoptive Familes in Washington*

5 families

Average Age

40 years old

Profession

Most Common Professions Amoung Waiting Families on PairTree

Software Engineer Teacher Consultant Designer and composer Lawyer Social Worker Sales Director

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    • Three years from now, I hope our birth mom is…..

      ...part of our everyday life. - James

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      It is close to the city, the mountains AND the ocean. - Seth

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    Ewerton
    & Miriam

    • When we argue, what’s it about?

      Usually is because some point is either not sound or because not all arguments of a point of view were shared. - Ewerton

Traveling For Your Adoption in Washington

Length of ICPC
in Washington

1-30 days

Email: waicpc@dcyf.wa.gov

Washington participates in the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) – a statutory agreement between all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands. The agreement governs the placement of children from one state into another state. It sets forth the requirements that must be met before a child can be placed out of state. The Compact ensures prospective placements are safe and suitable before approval, and it ensures that the individual or entity placing the child remains legally and financially responsible for the child following placement.

Adoption Law FAQ in Washington

Advertising Law Info

  • Can adoptive parents advertise for birth parents?
    Yes.
  • State Advertising Code of Law
    Citation: Rev. Code § 26.33.400(1)-(2)

    No person or entity shall cause to be published for circulation, or broadcast on a radio or television station, an advertisement of a child or children offered or wanted for adoption, or shall hold himself or herself out through such advertisement as having the ability to place, locate, dispose, or receive a child or children for adoption unless such person or entity is:

    1) A duly authorized agent, contractee, or employee of the department or a children’s agency or institution, licensed by the department to care for and place children

    2) A person who has a completed preplacement report with a favorable recommendation as to the fitness of the person to be an adoptive parent

Adoption Law Info

Home Study Info

  • Elements of a Home Study for Adoption
    Citation: Rev. Code § 26.33.190
    The preplacement report shall be based on a study that includes an investigation of the home environment, family life, health, facilities, and resources of the applicant. The report shall include a recommendation as to the fitness of the applicant to be an adoptive parent. The report shall also verify that the following issues were discussed with the prospective adoptive parents:
    • The concept of adoption as a lifelong developmental process and commitment
    • The potential for the child to have feelings of identity confusion and loss regarding separation from the birth parents
    • If applicable, the relevance of the child’s relationship with siblings and the potential benefit to the child of providing for a continuing relationship and contact between the child and known siblings
    • Disclosure of the fact of adoption to the child
    • The child’s possible questions about birth parents and relatives
    • The relevance of the child’s racial, ethnic, and cultural heritage
    All preplacement reports shall include a background check of any conviction records, pending charges, or disciplinary board final decisions of prospective adoptive parents. The background check shall include an examination of State and national criminal identification data including, but not limited to, a fingerprint-based background check of national crime information databases for any person being investigated. It also shall include a review of any child abuse and neglect history of any adult living in the prospective adoptive parents’ home. The background check of the child abuse and neglect history shall include a review of the child abuse and neglect registries of all States in which the prospective adoptive parents or any other adult living in the home have lived during the 5 years preceding the date of the preplacement report.
  • Grounds for Withholding Approval for Adoption
    Citation: Admin. Code §§ 388-06-0170; 388-06-0180
    An applicant will be permanently disqualified if he or she has a felony conviction for any of the following:
    • Child abuse and/or neglect
    • Spousal abuse
    • A crime against a child, including child pornography
    • A crime involving violence, including rape, sexual assault, or homicide but not including other physical assault
    The applicant will not be approved if it has been less than 5 years from a conviction for the following crimes:
    • Any physical assault not included above
    • Any sex offense not included above
    • Any felony conviction not included above
    • Felony violation of the following:
    o The Imitation Controlled Substances Act, the Legend Drug Act, the Precursor Drug Act, or the Uniform Controlled Substances Act
    o Manufacturing, delivering, or possessing a controlled substance with intent to deliver, or using a building for illegal drug-related purposes
  • When Home Studies Must Be Completed for Adoption
    Citation: Rev. Code § 26.33.180
    Except as provided in § 26.33.220, a child shall not be placed with prospective adoptive parents until a preplacement report has been filed with the court.
  • Postplacement Study Requirements for Adoption
    Citation: Rev. Code § 26.33.200
    At the time the petition for adoption is filed, the court shall order a postplacement report made to determine the nature and adequacy of the placement and to determine if the placement is in the best interests of the child. The report shall be prepared by an agency, the department, an individual approved by the court, or a qualified salaried court employee appointed by the court.
    The report shall be in writing and contain all reasonably available information concerning the physical and mental condition of the child; home environment, family life, health, facilities, and resources of the petitioners; and any other facts and circumstances relating to the propriety and advisability of the adoption. The report also shall include, if relevant, information on the child’s special cultural heritage, including membership in any Indian Tribe or band.
    The report shall be filed within 60 days of the date of appointment unless the time is extended by the court. The preplacement report shall be made available to the person appointed to make the postplacement report.

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