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.