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This page contains information about and links to adoption websites, books, organizations, and laws.
Adoptivefamilies.com.For a modest and well-worth-it subscription fee, this website provides a wealth of detailed, credible information on every type of adoption. It provides answers to questions you did not realize you had. https://www.adoptivefamilies.com/
The American Academy of Adoption Attorneys.A national organization consisting of the country’s premier adoption and assisted reproductive technologies attorneys. The AAAA’s website includes a page of resources and information for adoptive parents, and is also an excellent was to locate an attorney who specializes in adoption.
Adopting: Sound Choices, Strong Familiesby Patricia Irwin Johnston M.S.
The Complete Adoption Bookby Laura Beauvais-Godwin
Secret Thoughts of an Adoptive Mother by 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 Cakes by 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. www.affgs.org/index.html
RESOLVEof 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. www.resolvewa.org/index.php
Families Like Ours.A network of adoptive families helping connect other adoptive families to resources, support, education and advocacy, with a focus on gay and lesbian adoptive families. www.familieslikeours.org/
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.
Revised Code of Washington.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.
Hague Convention.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.