Adoptions are filed in the Superior
Court of the county in the State of Washington, in which
the adoptive parents lived when the adoption occurred. In
some cases, a relinquishment of parental rights may have
been filed in a different county than the adoption. In this
instance, you would have to contact the Clerk of the Court
in that county, since each Clerk is only authorized to search
records within their own county.
For a record of an adoption that occurred in a state other
than Washington, write or telephone the appropriate state.
The Department of Health, Center for Health Statistics, P.O.
Box 9709, Olympia, WA 98507-9709 - Telephone - 360-236-4300,
maintains a current list of information for other states.
To secure documents for children born in a foreign country
to U.S. citizens, write to Passport Services, Correspondence
Branch, 1111-19th St. N.W., Suite 510, Washington D.C. 20522.
Phone - 202-955-0307.
RECORDS SEALED - Adoption / Relinquishment records are sealed
and may not be viewed by any person except by court order.
Records sealed -- Inspection -- Fee
DECREE OF ADOPTION - The clerk is required
to collect the below referenced forms for each individual
adopted in the State of Washington:
Adoption Data Card - sent
to state Department of Social & Health
Services (DSHS) for reporting under federal
requirements. This form is also available from
the County Clerk in hard copy. No fee is required
to process at the DSHS
26.33.300 - Adoption statistical data.
- Application for Adoption Registration
- sent to the Center for Health Statistics for
re-registration and issuance of birth certificate.
This form is only available from the County Clerk
in hard copy form. The fee for a new birth certificate
is dependent on the state in which the child
July 26, 2003, the fee to obtain a New Birth
Certificate for a child born in Washington State
State Department of Health website - www.doh.wa.gov
26.33.280 - Decree of adoption -- Transmittal
to state registrar of vital statistics.
70.58.210 - Birth certificate upon adoption.
SEARCH FOR BIRTH PARENT(S) OR ADOPTED CHILD -
The county clerk maintains a list of Confidential
statute) who may be appointed to search for and contact
the birth parent(s) or adopted person. The person
searching is responsible for contacting a Confidential
Intermediary of their choice and any fee that may
be required. Please do not ask the County Clerk to
intervene or act on your behalf.
36.23.090 Search for birth parents - County clerk's
Search for birth parent or adopted child -- Confidential
NON-IDENTIFYING INFORMATION - An
adoptive parent, adoptee, or birth parent may request
non-identifying information from the court where
the adoption was filed.
26.33.340 Department, agency, and court files confidential
-- Limited disclosure of information.
FOR NON-IDENTIFYING ADOPTION INFORMATION -
The Franklin County Clerk does provide a form to
request Non-Identifying Adoption Information for
cases filed in Franklin County Superior Court.
The request form must be filled out and mailed
to the Franklin County Clerk. It requires:
requestor's signature be notarized
available known information regarding the adoption
$30.00 special services fee
information will NOT be provided over the telephone
or by email.)
The Non-Identifying Adoption Information request
will be reviewed by the Court and information approved
or denied. Please be advised, not all adoption
files contain the information below.
information includes, but is not limited to,
the following information about the birth parent,
adoptive parents, and adoptee: (RCW 26.33.020(14)
in years at the time of adoption;
including nationality, ethnic background, and
including number of years of school completed
at the time of adoption, but not name or location
physical appearance, including height, weight,
color of hair, eyes, and skin, or other information
of similar nature;
but not specific titles or places of employment;
hobbies, and special interests;
leading to the adoption;
and genetic history of birth parents;
children of birth parents by age, sex, and medical
family of birth parents by age, sex, and medical
fact of the death, and age and cause, if known;
of agency or individual that facilitated the
Copies of Original
Birth Certificate - The Washington
State Department of Health, Center for Health
Certificates, maintains birth certificate information
for the entire state. This office may be of assistance
to persons searching for a birth parent or adopted
26.33.345 Search for birth parent or adopted child
-- Limited release of information--Noncertified
copies of original birth certificate.
26.33.347 Consent or refusal to release adoptee's
identifying information--Desire to be contacted--Certified
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