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A newborn or relative adoption usually takes several months to complete. That process is more extensive and requires more paperwork, a home visit and longer interviews.
For every adoption there is a $260 filing fee at the Clerk’s Office. Each report has a different fee: Stepparent reports are $300; Relative reports are $550. During the report process, there are small fees for criminal background checks, and on the date of finalization, there will be fees for the new birth certificate and certified copies of the adoption decree.
will pay for your legal paperwork either through a paralegal office, or copies from the Law Library. JAG does legal paperwork for military families, for uncontested step parent adoptions, at no charge.
If you hire an adoption attorney, those fees will vary slightly depending on the attorney. The same fees outlined above will still apply in addition to attorney fees.
All children participate in the adoption process. They participate in the family interview and are required to be present at in person hearings. Children with verbal skills usually have an understanding of their own adoption. School-aged children will be part of the interview process.
All adoption hearings are on Friday mornings at 9 a.m. at Pierce County Juvenile Court (Remann Hall).
There are currently no in person adoption hearings due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Remann Hall 5501 6th Ave. Tacoma, WA 98406