Adoption

  It is important to note that DCYF does not facilitate step-parent, independent, private, or adult adoptions. Contact a family law attorney for any legal questions.

Adoption means:
"To take by choice into a relationship"

Webster’s Dictionary

Every child deserves a permanent, stable, and loving family. In 2020 there were 1250 adoptions of children in the custody of Washington State’s child welfare system, with more children still awaiting adoptive homes.

The purpose of the adoption program is to meet the permanency needs of children who are in the care and custody of the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF). DCYF strives to find safe and stable families that can best meet the needs of the child or youth who are in the foster care system.

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