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Chapter 26.33 RCW


PetitionsPlace of filingConsolidation of petitions and hearings.
PetitionsApplication of federal Indian child welfare actRequirementsFederal servicemembers civil relief act statement and findings.
Delay or denial of adoption on basis of race, color, or national origin prohibitedConsideration in placementExceptionTraining.
Validity of consents, relinquishments, or orders of termination from other jurisdictionsBurden of proof.
Appointment of guardian ad litemWhen requiredPayment of fees.
Petition for relinquishmentFilingWritten consent required.
Petition for relinquishmentHearingTemporary custody orderNoticeOrder of relinquishment.
Petition for terminationWho may fileContentsTime.
Petition for terminationTime and place of hearingNotice of hearing and petitionContents.
TerminationGroundsFailure to appear.
Termination orderEffect.
Who may adopt or be adopted.
Petition for adoptionFilingContentsPreplacement report required.
Consent to adoptionWhen revocableProcedure.
Consent to adoptionWhen not required.
Preplacement report required before placement with adoptive parentsException.
Preplacement reportRequirementsFees.
Post-placement reportRequirementsExceptionFees.
Preplacement or post-placement reportDepartment or agency may make report.
Preplacement and post-placement reportsWhen not required.
Notice of proceedings at which preplacement reports consideredContentsProof of serviceAppearanceWaiver.
Petition for adoptionHearingNoticeDisposition.
Decree of adoptionDetermination of place and date of birth.
Decree of adoptionEffectAccelerated appealLimited grounds to challengeIntent.
Decree of adoptionProtection of certain rights and benefits.
Decree of adoptionTransmittal to state registrar of vital statistics.
Decree of adoptionDuties of state registrar of vital statistics.
Open adoption agreementsAgreed ordersEnforcement.
Adoption statistical data.
Adoption of hard to place childrenCourt's consideration of state's agreement with prospective adoptive parents.
Records sealedInspectionFee.
Department, agency, and court files confidentialLimited disclosure of information.
Search for birth parent or adopted childConfidential intermediary.
Search for birth parent or adopted childLimited release of informationNoncertified copies of original birth certificateContact preference form.
Consent or refusal to release adoptee's identifying informationDesire to be contactedCertified statement.
Medical reportsRequirements.
Petition by natural parent to set aside adoptionCostsTime limit.
Permanent care and custody of a childAssumption, relinquishment, or transfer except by court order or statute, when prohibitedPenalty.
Family and social history report requiredIdentity of birth parents confidential.
Standards for locating records and informationRules.
Information on adoption-related services.
AdvertisementsProhibitionsExceptionsApplication of consumer protection act.
Postadoption contact between siblingsIntentFindings.
Postadoption contact between siblingsDuty of court.
Effective dateApplication1984 c 155.
Severability1984 c 155.
ConstructionChapter applicable to state registered domestic partnerships2009 c 521.
ConstructionReligious or nonprofit organizations.
Child selling and child buying, class C felony: RCW 9A.64.030.
Dependent and delinquent children: Title 13 RCW.
Descent and distributionAdopted children: Chapter 11.04 RCW.
Paternity, determination: Chapter 26.26 RCW.
Welfare agencies for children: Title 13 RCW.