Find an Agency

Learn more about selecting an agency and starting the home study process.

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We’re so excited that you are ready to complete a home study. To take this important step, you’ll need to decide if you would like to have your home study done through your local child welfare agency run by the state or through a private nonprofit agency in your area. As you make your decision, we encourage you to interview agencies about their process. Agencies can have key differences such as their focus on foster care over adoption, cost, timelines, and ability to support out-of-state inquiries.

For information on choosing the right agency for your family, read our article, 5 Questions to Ask an Agency.

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Washington

Adopting Through Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF)

If you are interested in a home study through the state of Washington, fill out this form to connect with a DCYF-contracted liaison through the Alliance CARES program, who will directly assist you with the process. A liaison is a great resource to help you get signed up for classes, walk you through paperwork, or answer basic questions. You can also learn more about adopting from foster care on the DCYF website and read about the benefits of becoming a licensed foster parent even if your primary interest is adoption in our Help Center.

The following private agencies and independent home study writers are qualified to license families who hope to adopt from foster care in the state of Washington. Though DCYF and the Northwest Adoption Exchange do not endorse any particular agency or licensor, we encourage you to use this list as a reference to find the best option for your family.

Private Agencies in Washington

The following agencies in the state of Washington are currently issuing adoptive home studies to families who wish to adopt from foster care:

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Workers in Washington

The following LICSWs in the state of Washington are currently issuing adoptive home studies to families who wish to adopt from foster care:

The following agencies in the state of Washington are currently focused on licensing families for foster care, and not families who are interested in adoption only:


Oregon

Adopting Through Oregon’s Department of Human Services (DHS)

Private Agencies in Oregon

Alaska

Adopting Through Alaska’s Office of Children’s Services (OCS)

Private Agencies in Alaska


National

If you are interested in adopting from foster care but live outside of the Pacific Northwest, you will want to get connected to your local resources for further instructions on how to obtain a home study. AdoptUSKids provides great information regarding your local child welfare agencies, both public and private.