Juvenile Court Adoption Services

Responsibilities of Adoption Services


The adoption department is responsible for reviewing and filing all adoption reports involving children under the age of eighteen. All adoption reports, whether completed by this office or by private providers or agencies, are submitted to Pierce County Adoptions for filing with the court.
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The Pierce County Adoption Coordinator accepts referrals for stepparent reports, relative homestudies, newborn homestudies and post-placement reports. The request for these services can come from the attorney representing the adoptive parents or the family directly if they are not represented by an attorney.

Request for a Report


The request for a report consists of:
  • A Pierce County Adoptions Referral Contract
  • A check for the designated amount
  • Copies of the initial adoption pleadings, i.e. Petition for Adoption, Consents from the relinquishing parents after they have been filed

Confidential Intermediaries


Pierce County Adoptions also works with confidential intermediaries who are approved by the court to gather information in adoptive searches.

After the finalization of an adoption, all files are sealed and can only be opened by court order. Adult adoptees can hire a confidential intermediary to get a court order to get birth information and search for birth parents.