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Tax Tips to Help Adoption Costs

Federal Adoption Tax Credit for Special Needs Adoption

Domestic vs. foreign adoptions

Special rule for special needs cases

FBI/WSP Fingerprint Check Procedures for Private Adoptions

To request a fingerprint based criminal background check for a private adoption, as required by the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, please review the document below. All questions should be directed to the Washington State Patrol.


American Adoption Congress - Provides information on adoption reform.

Annie E. Casey Foundation - Their mission is to foster public policies, human service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today's vulnerable children and families.

Child Welfare Information Gateway - A comprehensive resource on all aspects of adoption.

Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute - Provides independent and unbiased adoption research and policy organization.

Forms and Records Management Services - Provides DSHS forms and quality service to DSHS program staff and the public.

International Soundex Reunion Registry - Free registry system for matching people who desire contact with their next-of-kin by birth.

North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) - Provides adoption information and services for children in the United States foster care system.

Northwest Adoption Exchange - Provides adoption services for special needs children in the Northwest.

U.S. Department of State - Intercountry Adoptions - Provides information on intercountry adoptions.

World Association for Children and Parents (WACAP) - Provides life-changing aid and adoption services to orphans and other children who need families.

A listing of adoption resources in Washington State for adoptive families, birth parents, and adopted individuals:

  • Agencies
  • Homestudy Providers
  • Attorneys
  • Community Resources
  • Support Groups
  • Counselors
  • Search and Reunion Resources

DSHS does not endorse any particular entity listed; this information is provided solely as a document for individuals doing their own research on adoption.