Children's Home Society of Washington acts as a confidential intermediary and conducts a search for adoptees and birth parents separated through adoption in Washington state. We offer the following services:

Family Social and Health History Only - Medical background information on the adoptee's birth parents is provided. This does not have any data that would identify the birth parent or child.

Full Non-Identifying Family History Report - Medical and background information on the adoptee’s birth parents, including case notes from CHSW's interactions with the mother. This does not have any data that would identify the birth parent or child.

Search and Reunion - A confidential intermediary searches for and discreetly contacts the birth parent or adopted person. If he/she is no longer living, the intermediary may attempt to locate other members of the birth parent or adopted person's family.

Record Inspection - For people who are not sure which agency was used for the adoption, we can search our adoption files to learn whether or not CHSW was the placing agency. 

Updating a Record - We can update a file with current contact information so that it is available if a member of the birth family accesses the file at a future date.

all fees must be paid before services begin.

Fees for Search & Reunion Services
 Gross Annual Family Income
  $0-$30,000 $30,001-$50,000 $50,001-$75,000 $75,000+
Service   Sliding Scale Fee Schedule
Full Non-Identifying Family History Report $165  $195 $250 $360
Full Search $220 $385 $550 $800
Reunion      $55 $70 $100 $140
Record Inspection $25 $30 $35 $50
Update Record      $20 $25 $30 $35
Miscellaneous/Hr      $65 $80 $90 $100
Family Social and Medical History Only $60 $85 $105 $125

Birth certificates

Washington state allows all adoptees to obtain original (pre-adoption) birth certificates through the Department of Health and Social Services. All adoptees 18 and older can get an original birth certificate unless a birth parent files a contact preference form indicating that he or she does not want the information released. 

For more information, contact confidential intermediary Elsa Hominda at 206-939-2743 or