Adoption Records Search
All adoption records are confidential in accordance with State and Federal laws.
For adoptions completed through DSHS and families who adopted a child in state foster care, adoption records are archived through the Children's Administration headquarters office in Olympia.
Washington State does not have a central registry. In order to gain access to confidential identifying information, a court order must be obtained. Washington State utilizes court-appointed confidential intermediaries to assist in the search process.
Following is information on Washington State laws governing the release of information:
To obtain non-identifying information for children who have been adopted through DSHS, a written request must be submitted to:
For private adoptions, contact the agency that facilitated the adoption.