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Washington adoptees 18 years and older can begin pre-ordering their original birth certificates NOW!


WA Dept of Health (DOH) sent out a notice in May 2014 saying WA adoptees can begin submitting their requests for their original birth certificates (OBCs) now. DOH will start processing the forms July 1, which is when the new law goes into effect.

We highly recommend sending your request in ASAP and mail it with a 'return receipt' or something similar so you have proof that a) you sent the request and b) when the request was sent.

You can get the form from the DOH website here:

Any questions, email Wa-Care at



Search and Support Resources 


For those looking for information about options for searching, see the following resources:

  • NWASR Yahoo Group: This group provides guidance and support for the search and reunion process in WA, OR, CA, etc. When you request membership, you will be sent an application. Be sure to fill out the form and return it to get your membership approved. All help is free.

  • G's Adoption Registry: This is one of the largest free registries online and will connect you with many search angels around the country who can provide help with your search. All help is free.

  • Registry: One of the oldest, free registries online.

  • AdoptionDNA Yahoo Group: DNA testing and registries is one of the most exciting things to happen to adoptees in years, especially with the uber slow process with getting laws changed! Take the DNA test at one or more of the most popular sites, and get connected with hundreds of relatives who have also tested with that site. Best sites for testing are 23andMe, FTDna, and

    The 'fun' comes from sorting through the hundreds of cousins you're matched with in hopes of finding a close match, like a brother or sister, or parent. This Yahoo group has been growing steadily over the past year and there are many awesome search angels who will help you figure out your options as far as DNA testing/registries. All help in the group is free.



Image credit: Thanks to Claudia Corrigan D'Arcy for use of her "We Can Do It! image! Photo from Tamme Stitt Photography.