Adoption Records Search

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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.

Identifying Information

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:

Non-Identifying Information

To obtain non-identifying information for children who have been adopted through DSHS, a written request must be submitted to:

Adoption Archives
PO Box 45713
Olympia, WA 98504

Please include:

  • Date of birth and adoptive name
  • Name of adoptive parents
  • Return mailing address

For private adoptions, contact the agency that facilitated the adoption.