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.
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.
Copies of the initial adoption pleadings, i.e. Petition for Adoption, Consents from the relinquishing parents after they have been filed
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.