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Washington Coalition for Adoptee Rights & Equality

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Working for the rights of adopted adults in Washington, because IDENTITY MATTERS!

In Washington State, adult adoptees are denied access to their original birth certificates. They are the only class of citizens in Washington who are not able to see the documents indicating their birth names and, therefore, their heritage and identity.


It is time for Washington to join those states who have shed the shame and secrecy that has surrounded adoption for the last 70 years, and give adult adoptees the same rights as all other citizens!



UPDATE: On May 21, 2013, Gov Inslee signed HB 1525 into law. After June 30, 2014, many WA adoptees will be able to get a copy of their original birth certificate. Unfortunately, there will be some adoptees who will be denied the document of their birth. Here's an article where you can learn more about how this new law came to be.


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.