Laws & Requirements
Adoption in the United States is governed by state and federal laws and regulations.
Washington State laws and rules that pertain to adoptions can be found at the following:
To be an adoptive parent, you are required to be:
- 18 years of age or older
- Legally competent
- Have an approved home study
For additional highlights of Washington State laws and rules, see Adoption Laws at-a-glance
Federal child welfare laws can be found at:
- THOMAS - a service of the Library of Congress that makes Federal legislative information freely available to the public via the Web.