Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

AGO 1989 NO. 4 > Feb 17 1989

1.Surrogate parent agreements in general are not unlawful in Washington.2.It is not lawful for a person, in return for money or other valuable consideration, to serve as a broker or otherwise arrange or facilitate a surrogate parenting agreement, unless the person is an agency certified or licensed by the Department of Social and Health Services as a child-placing agency or as an adoption agency, or unless the only payment is reimbursement or prenatal hospital or medical expenses involved in the birth of the child, or attorneys' fees and court costs involved in transfer of child custody.3.A surrogate parenting agreement is not enforceable against a surrogate mother who withdraws her consent to relinquish her court approval of the consent.

AGLO 1977 NO. 18 > Apr 26 1977

Discussion of the circumstances under which the department of social and health services is either required or authorized to provide next friend and preplacement reports in connection with proceedings for adoption of child; authority of the department to charge a fee for such services.