“Bottom line is, even if you see them coming, you're not ready for the big moments. No one asks for their life to change, not really. But it does.
So, what are we, helpless? Puppets? Nah. The big moments are gonna come, you can't help that. It's what you do afterwards that counts. That's
when you find out who you are." - Joss Whedon

Adoption Agencies

FYI:  This page is continually under construction.  We are hoping to continue to add to this list of adoption agencies.  If you have suggestions, they are welcome at: Larissa.Peay@ldsfamilyservices.org.

A Family For Every Child
Toll-Free: 877-343-2856


A Family For Every Child, a nonprofit organization, began with Christy Obie-Barrett and dozens of dedicated, passionate volunteers. Founded in 2006, AFFEC developed into an organization focused on finding permanent and loving adoptive homes for all waiting children. We focus on developing programs that assist special-needs/challenging-to-place foster children in finding their own Forever Families.

Their Mission: To find loving, permanent families for every waiting foster child.

Lutheran Community Services

115 NE 100th Street, Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98125

LCS is located in Seattle and offers home study services for individuals in King and Snohomish County. (Other areas might be eligible with an additional mileage fee). LCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, income, marital status or sexual orientation.

They offer Adoption Consultation for a fee of $200. Many options for creating a family would be considered including international adoption, domestic infant adoption, artificial insemination, foster care and foster-adoption. The goal would be to help families find the option that is right for them.

LCS also offers home study services. The fee is $1200. (If the couple participated in the Adoption Consultation, the $200 would be applied to the $1200 total). The process consists of a series of interviews as well as a walkthrough of your home. Applicants would be asked to submit references, a physical and proof of financial ability to care for a child. As part of the study process, you would gain information and training on adoption issues. If you choose to work with LCS and the foster to adopt program, the fee for the home study is $500 rather than $1200.

LCS does not work with birthparents. However, they are able to provide you with a complete homestudy for $1200 which you can then use at another agency (or use in conjunction with an attorney etc.) Homestudies completed by LCS reportedly can be used for domestic adoptions, foster adoption as well as step –parent adoptions.

Call 206-694-5713 to schedule an appointment. The program manager’s name is Laurie (she is the one who does the Adoption Consultations) and her direct line is: 206-694-5731.

Northwest Adoption Exchange
600 Steward Street
Seattle, WA 98101

No Fees.  They do not do home studies.  They will accept a couples' home study from a private agency.  They reported that they are willing to accept studies from LDS Family Services but couples would also need to be Licensed with the State Foster Care System.  They are a neutral 3rd party whose goal is to connect children with families.  Foster Licensed, couples would possibly be eligible for State funds for the child until adoption final (usually about 6 months).  They work with all States.  They are funded by donation and through State contracts.  It is up to the individual Social Worker of each child to determine if family is a good fit.  Seems like a great option for those willing to become Foster Licensed.  Click here for more information on becoming a licensed foster parent in Washington State.

World Association for Children and Parents (WACAP)
315 S. Second St.
Renton, WA 98057
Fax: 206-575-4148

China, Ethiopia, India, Korea, Russia, Taiwan, Thailand, U.S. Kids
Application Fee: $250
File Maintenance Fee: $10 per month
Home Study Fee: WA and OR = $1800 ($900 for US KIDS) + mileage
(AK same if within a 2 hour drive of Anchorage if not plus $750)
Home Study Review: $300
Adoption Fee for U.S. Kids: $1000 - $3500
International: Approximately $20,000 - $30,000

U.S. Kids: If you want to adopt a child from the United States, WACAP can help. We work with private and public agencies throughout the country to find families for legally available children age 8 and older who are in the foster care system.  If you live in Oregon or Washington, you're also eligible to adopt a child as young as 3. To do that, you'll need to become licensed as foster parents. This enables WACAP to match you with a child who has a court-ordered adoption plan. You can then serve as that child’s foster parents while you wait for the child to become legally free for adoption.

Families in the Puget Sound area may also consider WACAP's foster-adopt program. Foster-Adopt families become licensed as foster parents, and commit to providing loving foster care as long as it is needed. They also commit to adopting the child when (and if) the child becomes legally free for adoption. Please contact our US Kids department for more information on this program.