Washington Adoption Guide

Everything you need to know about adoption in Washington.

Kenneth Knudson August 18, 2016

Welcome, Washingtonians! This guide was written to provide you with a single place to find information about adoption within your own state. It will walk you through everything from laws that will impact your adoption to reviews of adoption service providers in Washington.

We’ve divided this guide into five parts: first, general information about adopting in Washington, then sections dedicated to Washington domestic infant adoption (starting in Slide 6), foster adoption (Slide 19),  international adoption (Slide 29), and stepparent adoption (Slide 33). And don’t miss our slide filled with links to helpful Washington adoption resources (Slide 36)

Domestic Infant Adoption: Adopting from Out-of-State
2. Domestic Infant Adoption: Adopting from Out-of-State

With private (usually domestic infant) adoptions, it is always possible to adopt a child within, even if you live in a different state. A non-resident is allowed to finalize an adoption in the state of Washington.

The Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC) was adopted in the 1960s to provide for oversight and protection of children placed for foster care or adoption between states.

If you are adopting a child from another state, you will need to receive permission from the ICPC office in the state where the child is from. Your agency or attorney will send the office copies of your home study and some other paperwork. They will need to approve your packet before you can bring your child home.

Read more about the ICPC.

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