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:

Federal child welfare laws can be found at:

  • - a service of the Library of Congress that makes Federal legislative information freely available to the public via the Web.

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.