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This page contains information about and links to adoption articles, books, organizations, and laws.
The Adoption Guideby Adoptive Families Magazine
"A terrific starting point for families considering
adoption, the Adoption Guide is a detailed introduction to the adoption process
and adoption issues. This timely resource is printed yearly, so it never gets
out of date. New articles appear in each yearly issue." (Allison Martin.)
Adopting: Sound Choices,
Strong Familiesby Patricia Irwin Johnston M.S.
The Complete Adoption Bookby Laura Beauvais-Godwin
Secret Thoughts of an Adoptive Motherby Jana Wolff
Fast Track Adoption: The
Faster, Safer Way to Privately Adopt a Baby by
Susan Burns, Psy.D.
Adopting After Infertility by Patricia Irwin Johnston M.S.
Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knewby Sherrie Eldridge
The Open Adoption Experience by Lois Melina and Sharon Roszia
The Handbook for Single Adoptive Parentsby Hope Marindin
For Birth Parents
Dear Birthmother, Thank You for our Baby by Kathleen Silber MSW
Saying Goodbye to a Babyby
Patricia Roles MSW
Why Didn’t She Keep Me?by Barbara Burlingham-Brown, M.S.
A Birthparent’s Book of Memoriesby Brenda Romanchik
For Adopted Kids
Tell Me Again About the
Night I Was Bornby Jamie Lee Curtis
I Love You Like Crazy Cakesby Rose Lewis
You’re Not My REAL
Motherby Molly Friedrich
Adoptive Friends & Family of Greater Seattle (AFFGS).This
adoption support group organizes meetings specifically for parents waiting to
adopt (AWAIT), as well as for new adoptive parents (SNAP). AFFGS also sponsors educational events,
speakers, playgroups, and family events such as baseball games, picnics, and an
annual camping trip.
RESOLVE of Washington State is a local chapter of RESOLVE: The
National Infertility Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to
providing support to people who are experiencing infertility. The RESOLVE website contains helpful
links on a variety of topics associated with adoption.
The National Endowment for
Financial Education (NEFE) has developed a booklet titled "How to Make
Adoption an Affordable Option." This booklet provides information for
all prospective adoptive parents regarding financial assistance,
benefits, and tax breaks for all types of adoptions. It also provides a
breakdown of what fees may be involved in the adoption process. The booklet is available at this address: www.smartaboutmoney.org/nefe/uploadfiles/AdoptionOption.pdf
Below are links to the primary laws governing adoptions in Washington. These links are provided only as a convenience to interested individuals, and do not constitute legal advice. Because other laws may also apply or legislation may have changed, consult your attorney or other adoption professional regarding your particular situation.
RCW 26.33 contains Washington’s adoption statutes.
The chapter is relatively short if you'd like to read the entire thing,
but if you are skimming I recommend focusing on Sections 26.33.140-190,
26.33.350, and 26.33.380.
Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children
This agreement has been enacted by all 50 states and
the District of Columbia. It controls the lawful movement of children
from one state to another for the purposes of adoption. Both the
originating state, where the child is born, and the receiving state,
where the adoptive parents live and where the adoption of the child
will take place, must approve the child's movement in writing before
the child can legally leave the originating state. The requirements of
the ICPC must be fulfilled in any interstate adoption.
The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption
is a treaty governing adoptions between the United States and nearly 75 other nations. Implemented in the United States on April 1, 2008, its two primary goals are:
1) Ensuring that intercountry adoptions take place in the best interests of children; and 2) Preventing the abduction, exploitation, sale, or trafficking of children.
Among other things, the treaty requires each country to (1) appoint a national authority to oversee international adoptions; (2) require accreditation of adoption service providers; and (3) establish a complaint database.
More information can be found on the State Department's website at