Update: Washington profiles are returning to the Northwest Adoption Exchange. Learn more.


Learn more about when Washington profiles will be featured on the Northwest Adoption Exchange website.

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Update as of October 21, 2020:

Great news! After a lot of hard work from everyone involved, our contract with the Washington Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) has been renewed. This means we are now actively working with DCYF to reinstate services for children and families in a quick and efficient manner. Here’s what you should know:

The contract has been officially signed and our services are beginning to resume. Because of the delay in services, we are reaching out to get updates on each youth who was previously listed to ensure their profiles are up to date.

As we receive updates, you will start to see Washington youth come back onto the site. We encourage you to check back frequently – hopefully within a month, every youth who should be on the website will be back up.

Thank you so much for the outpouring of support and patience we’ve received over the past few months. We’re so excited to get back to serving youth and families in the northwest.

Update as of October 7, 2020:

Washington children are returning to Northwest Adoption Exchange!

After a lot of hard work from everyone involved, the exemption request that was delaying the adoption recruitment contract with the Washington Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) has been approved. This means we can now actively work with DCYF to renew the contract and reinstate services for children and families in a quick and efficient manner. Stay tuned for more details.

As of July 1, 2020, all Washington children have been removed from the Northwest Adoption Exchange. We hope this change is temporary, but we aren’t sure.

We had to remove Washington children from the website because our contract with the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) expired on June 30, 2020. DCYF has not renewed the contract because of a statewide contracts freeze initiated by the Governor's Office. The good news is that DCYF has recently submitted an exemption request to the Office of Financial Management. If this exemption request is approved, the contract will be eligible for renewal and services can resume. Until then, though the need to find adoptive families remains, without a contract our organization does not have the funding or the authority to continue recruiting for children in Washington.

In addition to removing youth from the site, we also have to pause our work related to:

  • Community partnerships, such as Wednesday's Child (KXLY-TV) and Saturday's Child (Seattle Times).
  • Our In-Depth Profile work with Washington teens who want to tell their stories directly to adoptive families.
  • Providing some forms of support to families in Washington who want to adopt from foster care.

As you can imagine, we are devastated by having to shut down these essential services. The job of finding adoptive families for children in foster care is hard, and this service interruption will make it even harder. Social workers, already overburdened, will have to do more, with fewer tools and less support. Families will find it even more difficult to navigate the adoption process. And worst of all, this service interruption will decrease children’s chances of finding adoptive families, during a time when we all need family more than ever.

Thank you to those who have sent messages of support and who are advocating for these services on behalf of children and families. We hope to feature and champion Washington children again soon. Want to stay informed? Add your name to our list by filling out the form below, and we’ll let you know the latest and how you can help as soon as we hear more.


The team at the Northwest Adoption Exchange