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Washington adoptees 18 years and older can now order their original birth certificates!


WA law changed July 1, 2014 allowing WA adoptees 18 yrs or older to request their original birth certificates (obc). If you were born and adopted in Washington State, you should order this document because it can be especially helpful if you plan on searching for your biological family.

On the request form, make sure to check the box 'I would like to know the county the original adoption was finalized in and the case number.'

You can get the form from the DOH website here:

Current processing status for DOH OBC requests

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 adoption search and reunion process in Washington, Oregon, California, 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.



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