Petitions for adoption are filed with Family & Juvenile Court

The Clerk's Office offers forms for Step-Parent adoptions

Adoption cases can be complicated.  You are strongly encouraged to consult with a lawyer for more help.

Adoption Records

Adoptions are confidential.  To get access to certain adoption records, you must obtain a court order.

How do I ask the court for adoption information?

In addition, the court provides the following court forms which should be filed at the Clerk's Office:

Motion and Declaration for Release of Certified Copy of Decree

Order to Release Decree

Following is information on Washington State laws governing the release of information:

Confidential Intermediaries (RCW 26.33.343)

Noncertified copies of original birth certificate (RCW 26.33.345)

Consent or refusal to release adoptee's identifying information (RCW 26.33.347)

Home Study (Pre / Post Adoptive Studies)

What is a homestudy?

A homestudy is required and is an official document that a worker prepares to demonstrate that your family is ready and qualified to adopt.  This can consist of home visits and interviews.

How do I get a homestudy?

Select from the list of court approved adoption homestudy providers.



Each year, one week prior to Thanksgiving, National Adoption Day is celebrated locally at the Thurston County Family and Juvenile Courthouse. The event is attended by families, professional staff from DCYF, CASA staff and volunteers, private and public sector attorneys, court staff and elected officials at the local and state level. Food, beverages, flowers, family photos, art activities, books, bears and more are donated by local businesses.

This day is a culmination of months of work by many volunteers (attorneys, DCYF staff, CASA staff, court staff and others) and is filled with joy for the new families!

The Court is proud to take part in celebrating such a special day.