State Laws and Legislation

Washington Adoption Law

Permits single LGBT individuals to petition to adopt? Yes.
Washington law permits a legally competent adult to petition to adopt. (WASH. REV. CODE § 26.33.140)

Permits a same-sex couple to jointly petition to adopt? No explicit prohibition.
According to the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services brochure, Adoption in Washington State, same-sex couples can adopt a child through DSHS.

Permits a same-sex partner to petition to adopt partner’s child or child of the relationship? No explicit prohibition.
There is no explicit prohibition, and some lower courts have allowed second-parent adoptions to proceed. No state court, however, has heard the issue of whether a same-sex partner can or can not petition to adopt a partner’s child or child of the relationship.

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Updated: Mon, December 14, 2009 - 12:00:12