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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.