“We look forward to helping you complete your adoption, due to COVID-19 there have been changes made to how the court is completing adoptions. Please contact Rebecca Via by email at [email protected] or by phone 253-798-7978 before proceeding, to discuss options.”
Responsibilities of Adoption Services
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. Adoption finalizations are scheduled for Friday mornings at the Juvenile Court, there are no in person adoption due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Pierce County Adoption Coordinator accepts referrals for stepparent and relative homestudies. 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.