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About Searching

We encourage family members to search as much as possible on their own. WARM Research Services are available at minimal costs for persons able to do their own search. A current listing of the services and fee schedule is available through our office.

WARM strongly recommends registration with the International Soundex Reunion Registry (ISRR). 

Court Searches

WARM can assist with legal access to sealed records when the adoptee was born or adopted in the State of Washington. WARM petitions the court, gathers appropriate documents and then assigns the case to a confidential intermediary (CI). The CI will search, locate and contact the person sought. A signed consent form must be obtained before identifying information may be exchanged.

Non-Court Searches 

Designed for those who have documented identifying information (i.e. the person's name) for the birth family member(s) they are seeking. In this instance, access to court records is often not necessary. When the information is minimal or the name is very common it is sometimes necessary to petition the court and pay the extra fee. Fees are based on the expenses of an average search.

Search Assist

For those who have completed their search but want WARM to confirm their findings and to make discreet contact.

Birth Registry

WARM maintains a FREE search registry for birth families or adoptees born or adopted in Washington State. A match will be made when both parties register. Donations are appreciated with this service.

For more information or to request a search application packet, please call or email the WARM office.

WARM is a non-profit organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the IRS code.