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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

$33 Average Home Study Cost

1800 days Average Home Study Duration

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Adoption Attorneys in Washington

10 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

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 Hero Neighbor Sage Innocent Jester

No. of Adoptive Familes in Washington*

13 families

Average Age

37 years old

Profession

Most Common Professions Amoung Waiting Families on PairTree

Educator Teacher Software Engineer Mechanical Planner Project Management Nursing Administrator Mortgage Professional

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    Jesse
    & Cara

    • If you had to pick a famous person to play you in a movie, who would it be?

      Chevy Chase (in his younger years). 🦰 - Jesse

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    Rebecca
    & Jay

    • When you argue, what’s it about?

      Silly things like when Jay drapes his laundry over the hamper instead of actually placing it inside or when I leave drawers open in the bathroom and block Jay from accessing his. - Rebecca

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    Barret
    & Seth

    • If I could have dinner with anyone -- dead or alive -- I would pick...

      This is the easiest question ever: my mom, who passed away in January. The answer to this question will never ever change. - Seth

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    Andrew
    & Darcie

    • What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you look at the night sky?

      It's mind-blowing how many stars are out there. - Andrew

  • Fernanda
    & Lance

    • We are the best choice because…

      We have a lot of love to give as well as the resources to provide a healthy and happy home for a child. I am also adopted, which helps me understand the challenges adopted kids face as they grow up. - Lance

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    Stevianne
    & Kendrick

    • Dogs or cats?

      Dogs! I grew up always having two dogs around. We hope to get a family dog once the kids are old enough to help. Also, i'm allergic to cats. - Stevianne

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    Angela
    & Cale

    • What scares you?

      Enclosed spaces and heights - Cale

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    Kristen
    & Lonny

    • Favorite season and why?

      Winter, We love winter fishing. - Lonny

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    Ari
    & Anna

    • Dogs or cats?

      Dogs! We had a really wonderful dog who passed away last year, at the age of 15, and we still miss him SO much. We will get another dog eventually, but aren't quite ready yet. - Anna

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    Amber
    & Trevor

    • Do you consider yourself religious or spiritual?

      Can I pick both?! Although I identify with Christianity I also feel a very spiritual relationship with God. He has worked in ways in my life that only he can do. - Amber

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    Kellie
    & Evan

    • I would never...

      Skydive. Ever. No. - Kellie

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    Antonee
    & Chasidy

    • My best friend would describe me as......

      Nurturing. I am usually the mother hen in all of my circles and will go to bat to protect those I love. - Chasidy

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    Ewerton
    & Miriam

    • Dogs or cats?

      Mostly dogs. - 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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