Adoption

  • There is no such thing as an unwanted child.  Every child is indeed wanted by someone, and every child can bring joy to a family.
  • Many families have found great joy by adopting children, whether locally or internationally. Adoption can also be a solution to crisis pregnancies.
  • Adoption is an unselfish, loving decision that blesses the child, birth parents, and the adoptive family.  Children are entitled to have a mother and father who provide a secure, nurturing, and consistent relationship with their children.  (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
  • Children welcomed into homes through adoption are loved as much as those born naturally.  
  • Children are adopted from three primary sourcesŚnewborns, foreign-born children, and children in foster care.  Due to the fact that most unmarried women giving birth now choose to keep their babies, infants are more difficult to acquire.  
  • The journey of adoption is never easy, but it is one of love and growth that can be powerfully redemptive. Adoption transforms the pain felt by all involved as they experience the ways God works in the lives of so many people through one tiny child.
  • Who is Eligible to Adopt:   Laws vary from state to state and nation to nation, but generally most married people who can provide a stable home, pass a background check showing no criminal background, and a credit check showing the financial ability to support a child are eligible.
Statistics
  • More than 1,000 children are currently waiting to be adopted in Washington.  These children may be located in the custody of birth parents, legal guardians, the Washington State Department of Social & Health Services (DSHS), or a child-placing agency.
  • Most birth mothers choose the traditional two-parent, mother-father home to place their babies.
What You Can Do

  • If you are interested in becoming a Foster parent, with the hope of adopting a foster child, contact
    Amber Sherman, Recruitment Coordinator
    Fostering Washington
    (509) 359-6130
    Email:  fosteringwa@ewu.edu
    http://www.fosteringwa.org

  • Consider adopting a child, whether an infant, foster child, or a child from another country.
  • Choosing an Adoption Agency.  Spend time learning about adoption from other parents who have done so.  Then, research and visit local adoption agencies to gather information about adoption, and agency and state requirements. Explore the range of available options. Domestic adoptions are sometimes easier than international adoptions because there are no language barriers to overcome.
  • International or Domestic Adoption:  Talk to parents who have adopted children from other countries.  There are books available on the topic as well. The language barriers involved in international adoptions may force you to rely on an agency and their interpreters for a lot of information. Some nations like Russia, China and others, require the adoption to take place on their soil. Children adopted internationally by U.S. citizens automatically become U.S. citizens (effective 17 February 2001, retroactively)

  • View the world's largest adoption-related website, for unplanned pregnancy.  Learn how to adopt, search and reunion.  Connect with individuals who are considering placing a child for adoption.   http://www.adoption.com 
Local Organizations
Additional Resources
  • Adoption.com.  The world's largest and most-used adoption site, for unplanned pregnancy.  Connect with individuals who are considering placing a child for adoption.  Create parent profiles by posting text, photos and videos, with connections to social media.  Included is a "Adopting from Foster Care Guide."
    1-800-FAMILY-NOW  (800) 326-4596 
    Email: parentprofiles@adoption.com   
    http://www.adoption.com 

  • Wednesday's Child
    View adoptable foster children in the Spokane area on KXLY-TV - 4
    Wednesdays at 6:00 pm
    Robyn Nance - robynn@kxly.com
    http://www.kxly.com/features/wednesday-child