How do I know if I need an attorney?
Many families complete their relative or stepparent adoptions without the assistance of an attorney. Those cases have the cooperation and consent of the relinquishing parents. The legal forms are available at the Pierce County Law Library and can be copied and purchased there. Acting without an attorney means that you are representing yourself and are responsible for completing and filing your own paperwork.

If an adoption involves a birth parent whose whereabouts are unknown or is uncooperative, an adoption attorney is strongly recommended. While these cases are not impossible, they are more complicated legally and require very specific legal notices to be served or published in the newspaper. Pierce County Adoptions staff is not able to give legal advice.

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1. Where is Pierce County Adoption Services located?
2. How long does the process take?
3. How do I know if I need an attorney?
4. How much does an adoption cost?
5. Does my child participate in the process?
6. Who is required to attend the court hearing?
7. When and where are adoption hearings held?
8. What should we wear to court?
9. My child’s father is not listed on the birth certificate. Do I have to notify him?