SPECIAL PROCEEDINGS RULE 93.06
FINALIZING ADOPTION CASES
(1) When a party is proceeding without representation by an attorney, the party shall schedule and meet with the Court Facilitator or a Limited License Legal Technician to review the final pleadings and required forms for completeness at least five (5) days prior to the scheduled hearing date. The Courthouse Facilitator or Limited License Legal Technician shall review all final pleadings and required forms and, if they appear appropriate, shall sign and file a "Certificate of Completeness" to that effect. The Clerk of the Court shall not accept for filing any such proposed final document which appears to be incomplete or which is not accompanied by the required forms. The Court will not conduct a final hearing in the matter unless the "Certificate of Completeness" has been signed by the Courthouse Facilitator, an attorney or a Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT).
(2) When a party is proceeding without representation by an attorney, the party must, five (5) days prior to the scheduled hearing date to complete the adoption, must i) provide to the Court Clerk’s Office a check in the amount to cover the total costs to finalize the adoption. The costs are to include the amount needed by the Court Clerk’s Office to send the documents to the State of Washington and for any requested certified copies of the final Decree of Adoption; ii) provide a completed Application for Adoption Registration form that will be provided to the State of Washington, and/or other appropriate state, if applicable; and iii) provide a completed Adoption Data Card (for adoptees that are minors). If the check and forms have not been provided as required by this rule, then the final hearing shall not be set, or stricken if set, by the Court Clerk.
[Effective September 1, 2019]