In the state of Washington the adoption law is governed by the Revised code of Washington in Title 26. As per the law of Washington any person may be adopted regardless of his or her age or residence, by any person who is legally competent and who is eighteen years of age or older may be an adoptive parent.
PETITION FOR ADOPTION
A petition for adoption may be filed in the superior court of the county in which the petitioner is a resident or of the county in which the adoptee is domiciled.
An adoption proceeding is initiated by filing with the court a petition for adoption by the prospective adoptive parent or parents.
A petition for adoption shall contain the following information:
The written consent to adoption of any person, the department, or agency has to be filed with the petition. The consent to an adoption shall be required of the following if applicable:
Any person may at any time request an agency, the department, an individual approved by the court, or a qualified salaried court employee to prepare a preplacement report.
The preplacement report shall be a written document setting forth all relevant information relating to the fitness of the person requesting the report as an adoptive parent.
The report shall be based on a study, which shall include an investigation of the home environment, family life, health, facilities, and resources of the person requesting the report.
The report shall include a list of the sources of information on which the report is based. The report shall include a recommendation as to the fitness of the person requesting the report to be an adoptive parent.
The report shall also verify that the following issues were discussed with the prospective adoptive parents:
DETERMINATION OF PLACE OF BIRTH OF A PERSON BORN OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES
In determining the date and place of birth of a person born outside the United States, the court shall:
After the reports have been filed, the court schedules a hearing on the petition for adoption upon request of the petitioner for adoption. Notice of the date, time, and place of hearing is given to the petitioner and any person or agency whose consent to adoption, unless the person or agency has waived in writing the right to receive notice of the hearing.
Notice of the adoption hearing shall also be given to any person who or agency which has prepared a pre-placement report.
If the court determines, after review of the petition, preplacement and post-placement reports, and other evidence introduced at the hearing, that all necessary consents to adoption are valid or have been dispensed with and that the adoption is in the best interest of the adoptee, and, in the case of an adoption of an Indian child, that the adoptive parents are within the placement preferences of or good cause to the contrary has been shown on the record, the court shall enter a decree of adoption.
If the court determines the petition should not be granted because the adoption is not in the best interest of the child, the court shall make appropriate provision for the care and custody of the child.
DECREE OF ADOPTION
A decree of adoption shall provide, as a minimum, the following information: