Adoption Agencies, Information, and Resources in Tacoma

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Helpful Resources When Considering Adoption in Tacoma, Washington

We prepared this page to provide information for those who are considering adoption and live in or near Tacoma, Washington or in the Pierce County region. If you are thinking about giving your baby up for adoption, we have collected information about Crisis Pregnancy Resource Centers to help you confirm your pregnancy, clinics where you may get affordable prenatal care, and a list of hospitals with a Labor and Delivery department.

If you are in the Pierce County region of Washington and are thinking about adopting a baby, we also have information on this page about home study agency resources and helpful information to assist you with the adoption process.

Additional resources for hopeful adoptive parents or expectant mothers and throughout the state of Washington may be found on our Washington State Page.

Pregnancy Resource Centers in Tacoma, Washington

Pregnancy Resource Centers, sometimes also called “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” are usually not-for-profit clinics where expectant parents may seek assistance to confirm a pregnancy and review and discuss available options. Most Pregnancy Resource Centers are not staffed by medical personnel, and do not prescribe contraceptives.  Many are united with pro-life organizations, so encourage parenting or adoption, however not all have religious affiliation. Pregnancy Resource Centers serving those in the Pierce County region that are in or close to Tacoma are:

All Women’s Health
CareNet of Puget Sound
Planned Parenthood Tacoma Health Center

Affordable Prenatal Care in Tacoma, Washington

Medical clinics are staffed by medical personnel and can address most areas of family planning, including prenatal care. They are able to perform STD and cancer screenings (pap smears, and sometimes mammograms), and can prescribe and distribute contraceptives. Clinics located in or near to Tacoma, Washington that provide affordable prenatal care for Pierce County residents are:

Community Health Care (multiple locations)
Multicare Women’s Center – Tacoma (multiple locations)
SeaMar Community Health Centers

Information about health coverage for pregnancy care that is available for women in Tacoma, Washington with limited financial resources is provided by the Washington State Healthcare Authority (Apple Health).

Hospitals in Tacoma, Washington

Developing a hospital plan to specify what your wishes are during the time of delivery, is something that we recommend you prepare and provide to the hospital in advance of the baby’s birth. The hospitals with Labor and Delivery Departments serving the Tacoma, Washington region are:

Family Birth Center at St. Joseph Medical Center
Multicare Tacoma General Family Birth Center

Completing the Home Study in Tacoma, Washington

One of the key aspects of every adoption process is the home study assessment.  The purpose of a home study is to confirm the capability and stability of prospective Adoptive Parents to have a child placed into their home. There are certain Adoption Home Study Requirements for each state. The process usually includes providing documents to confirm information as well as furnishing family history, health and financial information, and personal background. Here are some legally qualified home study providers licensed to conduct home studies for those who live in Tacoma, Washington or the Pierce County region:

Catholic Adoption Services of Washington State
(253) 383-3697
We believe in every child growing up in a safe, loving, and nurturing environment, and in healthy family life being affirmed and supported in our communities. We are committed to helping children and families succeed

Hope 4 Kids
(800) 921-1818
Hope 4 Kids is committed to providing loving homes for children in need. We accomplish this by working closely with the local churches and community to locate, equip, and train quality families and individuals that have a desire to adopt and are excited about caring for children.

Become a Foster Parent in Tacoma, Washington

Those who wish to make a difference in the life of a child that is a dependent of the foster care system in Pierce County or the surrounding region may do so by contacting the Region 5 Office of the Washington Department of Children, Youth and Families or one of the licensed agencies listed below:

Children’s Home Society of Washington
Lutheran Community Services NW

Court Information

The final step in the legal adoption process is finalization through court action. To learn about the adoption laws in Washington, check out our Adoption Laws by State page. If your adoption is to finalize in Tacoma, the matter will be filed through the Adoptions Office of the Pierce County Superior Court

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